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Minister for Education Kirsty Williams celebrates the year and the education profession in her personal message.
Hear Jenny Scott, Head-teacher at Ninian Park Primary School talk about how her team has used the ‘Schools as Learning Organisations’ (SLO) approach. SLO has been designed by Welsh Government in partnership with OECD to help schools adapt to change. Continue reading
We are Pentrehafod school. We have a caring culture, consistently improving results, and are using the new Professional Teaching Standards (2018) to underpin our school vision to deliver the very best provision for all of our learners.
Our journey with the new Standards actually began in the Summer Term of 2017, with the inception of a working party that embraced opinions and insights from practitioners at all stages in their career, from NQTs to Middle and Senior Leadership. Working in partnership with colleagues from across our cluster, along with another local Secondary School, we adopted a collaborative and collegiate approach to refine and strengthen our current systems to ensure that our teachers were equipped with the knowledge and skills to work with the standards in order to continually improve learning outcomes for all of our students. Continue reading
Schools will have much more freedom to develop school-level curriculum under the new national curriculum. All practitioners will be encouraged to re-visit and refresh their skills to help bring it to life successfully for pupils.
This animation describes the new National Approach to Professional Learning that has been created to support practitioners’ development.
When, in January 2016, I was first asked to engage with Welsh Government in developing new professional standards for teachers, I was enthusiastic and highly motivated to play a part in such an influential task but had no idea of the magnitude of what would be involved.
As a professional learning pioneer school, I was very aware of the many changes that were happening within Welsh education. The Minister for Education and Skills had published ‘Qualified for Life’ (2014) a six-year education improvement plan for Wales. This was closely followed by the publication of ‘Successful Futures’ which focused on the new curriculum for Wales and ‘Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers’ which looked at how initial teacher education (ITE) would ensure the workforce of Wales was fit for purpose (February and March 2015 respectively). Continue reading
There has never been a more exciting time to teach! This is said sincerely. Teachers are working in a time of high change and huge possibilities. The national agenda of creating a practitioner-led curriculum is a significant shift; and whilst it might not be the easiest way to generate a new curriculum, it is certainly one that recognises that it is teachers working in Wales who have the knowledge and skills to create a curriculum that provides our learners with the best possible outcomes. As a member of a pioneer school it has been a privilege to be part of the process. Continue reading