Our journey to creating the Assessment proposals – and why your feedback is important

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Blog - Dilwyn for Assesment item (2)‘All change is hard at the start, messy in the middle and beautiful at the end.’ (Anonymous, or I may have made this up).

This quote accurately reflects the experience of working in the assessment group which had the job of designing assessment proposals that fulfil the ambitions set out in Successful Futures.

Our approach involved high level professional debate and had opportunities for all stakeholders to share their views through meaningful engagement with input from experts in their field. The centrality of the learner and emphasis on the four purposes were consistently in the forefront of our thinking. Continue reading

Jubilee Park Primary School – how we’re realising our new curriculum

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Jubilee Park CK Learning JournalIn September we wrote our first blog post, ‘Developing our Thrive Curriculum at Jubilee Park Primary School’ to share the start of our curriculum journey. This post describes how we have moved on to planning and trialling our approach to the new curriculum.

We began by considering feedback from pupils, parents, governors and colleagues and using documentation from the Curriculum for Wales reform process, which we used to continue to research, develop and design our Thrive Curriculum. We were not part of the Pioneer process but have spent the last eighteen months trialling new ways of designing and planning and are very excited by the opportunities that lie ahead. Continue reading

So that everyone has their say

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Blog - EAS engagement event

Events and activities across Wales over the next few months will give all interested parties the chance to explore the draft curriculum for Wales 2022 and offer feedback.

Practitioners will have access to briefings organised by their regional consortium where the curriculum will be explained. The programme kicked off with a full week’s events in the South East Wales EAS consortium region that over 800 people attended. See the full programme below. Continue reading

It’s here! Now it’s time to engage

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The new ‘draft curriculum for Wales 2022’ is now yours to explore.

Published on Hwb, the enhanced channel for teaching and learning in Wales, the online curriculum framework is available for feedback until 19th July.

Engagement events are arranged across Wales in the coming months to give practitioners the opportunity to review and discuss. Continue reading

Assessment and the new curriculum

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Assessment image - infographic EnglishAssessment proposals will be part of the draft Curriculum for Wales 2022, to be published on 30 April 2019. As the new curriculum is built on progression, supporting learner progression is at the heart of the proposals.

Progression and the Curriculum for Wales 2022

‘Successful Futures’ recommended a change from the current phases and key stages to a continuum of learning from 3 – 16 years old. The new continuum has progression steps, reference points that relate broadly to expectations at 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16 years of age. These progression steps are set out as a series of achievement outcomes, which are broad expectations of learning over two to three-year periods. Continue reading

Generating tomorrow’s qualifications

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Quals Wales Emyr_George 2 - blogThe students sitting their exams this summer are part of Generation Z. Born at the turn of the century, for them the interconnected global world is the norm. Less than 10 years from now, it’ll be the turn of Generation Alpha – the children of Millennials.

What skills and knowledge will they need to be ready for their future? And in what ways will they need to be able to show what they’ve learned and what they’re capable of?

The new Curriculum for Wales is an important shift in education, and that’s why we’re already looking at what it means for 14-16 year olds in the future. In other words, the exams they’ll be sitting from 2027 onwards. Continue reading