As the sound of Christmas carols drifts from classrooms and our senses are assaulted by a plethora of Christmas Jumpers, I am reflecting on the journey Porthcawl Comprehensive School has been on since joining the pioneer schools process last January. I’d like to tell you what we’ve done and how it’s felt, and update you on what’s happened this Autumn.
The Digital Competence Framework’s 1st Birthday.
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.
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.
“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.
Mathematics and Numeracy – Nicola Morgan, Blackwood School, talks about progress with this Area of Learning and Experience, and next steps.
Expressive Arts – Catrin Roberts, Ysgol Cwm Rhymni, talks about progress with this Area of Learning and Experience, and next steps.
Literacy, Languages and Communication – Matthew Maughan, Bassaleg School, talks about progress with this Area of Learning and Experience, and next steps.
Health and Wellbeing – Kelly Forrest Mackay, Ystruth School, talks about progress with this Area of Learning and Experience, and next steps.