Revealed: the draft ‘What Matters’ for Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs) in the new curriculum

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Preparing for the new curriculum ENGThe latest draft ‘What Matters’ are now available, as part of short presentations.

‘What Matters’ will be key to school-level curriculum development. They comprise headlines and rationales , which used together will inform the knowledge, skills and experiences to be provided for pupils. They provide the crucial link to the four purposes and are the basis on which progression has been built. Continue reading

Developing Schools as Learning Organisations – Working together to produce an animation

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SLO pupil explainer large engAs a group of schools fully committed to developing as learning organisations we feel it is important to develop other schools’ awareness and understanding of the seven dimensions.   Even though we understand what is meant by schools as learning organisations, do all other schools understand?  More importantly, do our pupils, the most important individuals in our organisations, understand what being part of a learning organisation means? Continue reading

New website explains education changes to parents.

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Education is changing - our journey starts - Re-sized ENGA new parent and public-facing website has been created to explain the changes underway in Education in Wales. Launched to coincide with the White Paper consultation on the new curriculum, it features a scene-setting video, the curriculum animation and a link to the consultation.

Designed to be very accessible, over time it will grow to include information on other significant changes.

Understanding bilingualism in education: a seed for bilingual teaching success

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Following the Government’s attempt to reach a million Welsh speakers by 2050 and increase the number of individuals who use the language on a daily basis, there is more emphasis than ever on seeing our schools produce confident bilingual speakers. But the challenge of increasing Welsh language speakers and users varies from one context to another – from one area to another, from one school to another, from one home to another, from one teacher to another, and from one pupil to another – and it is vital that any strategies are flexible enough to allow the teacher to consider those variations, and what is relevant and appropriate within his or her own educational context. Continue reading

Another Milestone for our new Curriculum – Consultation on ‘the Legals’.

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white paper image for blogOur new curriculum will of course be underpinned by law. A ‘White Paper’ produced by Welsh Government sets out proposals for the legislation required and is open for consultation from 28th January to 22nd March 2019.


The proposals reflect the ambitions and recommendations set out in Successful Futures, aiming to give practitioners freedom to use their professionalism and creativity to meet the needs of learners.

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What Really Does Matter

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mererid hopwood for bilingual itemAs the new term races ahead, the Pioneers’ perseverance must be admired. The fast-approaching submission deadlines demand a shorter night’s sleep to make room for lesson preparations, marking and assessing so that another day can be dedicated to the Cause of Creating the New Curriculum. They’re driven, no doubt, by the knowledge that amidst all the ‘What Matter’ statements, this Really Does Matter. Continue reading