Changing feedback to benefit pupils and teachers

Verbal feedback using technology can decrease teacher workload and give pupils a more personalised feedback experience, according to a new report. Research undertaken by academics at Yr Athrofa found the versatility of verbal feedback using technology to be a particular strength, as it could be related to a pupils’ age and stage of development or…

Wales Education Commission – Second report to the education community

The importance of leadership in driving forward educational change in Wales has been highlighted in a new report by a guiding coalition of international experts. In its second report to the education community, the Wales Education Commission considered the quest for effective system leadership at all levels within Wales’ education system to be “of paramount importance”.…

Teacher perceptions impacting on ICT lessons

Teachers in Wales have contrasting perceptions of information communications technology (ICT) which impact on the way the subject is taught in schools, according to a new report. Researchers from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Cardiff Metropolitan University undertook teacher case studies in three different schools to unearth variation in both the perception…

Animal magic? Pupils benefit from reading with dogs

They have been man’s best friend for thousands of years. But only now are the benefits of learning with dogs being realised in Welsh classrooms. Schools in South-West Wales have opened their doors to humble hounds in a bid to raise pupils’ confidence and self-esteem. The innovative ‘Burns By Your Side’ scheme helps children in…

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Who learns what outdoors? A comparison between Wales and England

Teachers in Wales are more likely to use their outdoor spaces for curriculum-related learning than their counterparts in England, a new study has found. Research into the professed aims for outdoor learning in the early years by teachers from England and Wales uncovered a number of differences between the two countries. It found that Welsh…

Wales Education Commission – First report to the education community

A leading coalition of experts have put forward their proposals for how best to improve Wales’ education system. In its inaugural report to the sector, the Wales Education Commission urged ministers to consider the “practical structures” required to support school improvement and recommended the development of a “guiding framework” to underpin national objectives. The Commission,…