The National Professional Enquiry Project (NPEP) is a central part of Wales’ new approach to Professional Learning that will help practitioners fully develop and realise the new curriculum.
The Project is a partnership between Welsh Government, Regional Consortia, Cardiff Metropolitan University, the University of Wales Trinity St David(UWTSD), Bangor University and a national network of Lead Enquiry Schools (formerly Professional Learning Pioneer schools).
The schools involved are currently undertaking a range of enquiries exploring the professional implications of the new curriculum, supported by a partner Higher Education Institution (HEI). An area on Hwb has been established for NPEP, where schools’ enquiries are organised by enquiry theme. This will enable the wider schools network to keep up to date with ongoing enquiries and will also encourage and support all practitioners to develop as professional enquirers.
Progress on schools’ enquiries will be captured periodically and the relevant sections of the site updated as the enquiry progresses.
The site currently hosts school background information and enquiry titles, organised under the following themes:
- Assessment and progression
- Curriculum planning, design and implementation
- Foundation phase
- Pedagogy: pupil learning
- Pedagogy: teaching
- Professional enquiry
- Professional learning and coaching
More detailed information on schools’ enquiries, including enquiry design, literature review, ethical considerations, findings, limitation and recommendations will be completed and published on the NPEP section on Hwb during the next update, in February 2020.
Schools are also working on hosting resources relevant to their enquiry topics on their own school websites, and relevant links will be provided on the NPEP site.
A pilot enquiry programme recently launched by The National Academy for Educational Leadership (the Leadership Academy) further complements the NPEP approach. This pilot is designed to support school leaders in Wales to encourage the effective use of research and enquiry within their organisations. This combined approach will further strengthen the transition to a National Professional Enquiry Programme for all schools, as we move towards full curriculum implementation.