“If only we had this in England”

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The Digital Competence Framework’s 1st Birthday.

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At the NDLE conference in June, several guest speakers were heard to comment that the Welsh approach to digital competence was the envy of England. That should be a source of pride for Wales, but more importantly it shows that our children will be properly prepared for an increasingly digital world when they leave school.

In this first year it has been great to see schools being so positive about experimenting with the Framework and using the mapping tool to compare the good work they are already doing against its requirements.

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Moving Forward with the Digital Competence Framework

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The Digital Competence Framework is celebrating the end of the first school year since its release. Since its publication, schools across Wales have embraced the Framework, explored the skills and looked forward to a digital future. Feedback from schools has been tremendously important and the Digital Pioneers have taken on board comments and suggestions from schools in all areas and settings across Wales.

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EAS Enrichment Event June 2017; Getting Ideas and Forging new Friendships

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The new curriculum in Wales will give teachers more freedom to teach in ways that will provide better outcomes for their learners.  To support innovative pedagogy it will sometimes mean working with organisations or individuals outside of the classroom or school.

This was a key theme in the Curriculum Reform Strand 1 Working Group on Enrichment and Experiences where teachers agreed that bringing in others from outside school – or visiting other people and places – brings the learning to life for their pupils and makes it more effective and meaningful.  This has been carried through to the six Areas of Learning and Experiences in Strand 2 and will be developed more fully in Strand 3.

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The Digital Competence Framework has now been available to schools for a full academic year

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This is an exciting time for digital learning! Schools have now had a full year to familiarise themselves with the Framework, and leaders should now be planning ways to encourage and support all teachers and practitioners to identify opportunities to use the Framework in their teaching during the next academic year.

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Mirror, Mirror. Reflections of a curriculum pioneer.

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“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” – Socrates.

Successful Futures, published in 2015, promised an exciting new future in Welsh education as it introduced Donaldson’s vision for curriculum reform in Wales.  It laid the foundations for a twenty-first Century curriculum informed by national and international thinking.  This new curriculum was to be pioneering.  Pioneering not only in its recommendations, but also in the approach adopted in changing the education system in Wales.

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