New: the Education Wales Podcast is another way to stay up to date

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Podcast - Donaldson - May 2018If you’re short of reading time or want a non-screen-based way to stay up to date with Wales’ education reforms, you now have a new option – the podcast.

Comedian and former teacher Mike Bubbins and Deputy Headteacher Luisa Martin-Thomas challenge a range of pupils and guests to explain what’s happening in a lively and engaging way.

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Revealing case studies show how joint working helps teachers develop.

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SLO discussion around a table…’the adult became less of a ‘sage on the stage’ and more of a ‘guide on the side’ is just one illuminating quote from a teacher experimenting with the Schools as Learning Organisations (SLO) model.

The model inspires new approaches to Professional Learning (PL) and enhancing a PL culture. Seven new case studies, written by teachers, share insights into what groups of schools have learned.

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Reading and Numeracy assessment is changing soon; that suits the new curriculum.

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hwb personalised assessmentsPaper-based national tests will be phased out in Wales in favour of personalised on-line assessments, following May’s test window. But how will this work with the new curriculum?

Not surprisingly this fits neatly with the direction of travel and the vision of how pupils should be assessed. Successful Futures was explicit that under the new curriculum learners should be assessed not just for what they had learned but for what they had the potential to learn and do next – as individuals.

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Finding out about Finland’s language learning, teacher autonomy and work-play balance!

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Finland 1The sun is shining and children are climbing up great mounds of snow, sledging and playing ice hockey! No, it isn’t another snow-day! This is play time at an average primary school in Finland. The children have been in a lesson since 8 a.m. It’s now 8:45 and they’re ready for fifteen minutes fun with friends… outside in the snow!

Fifteen minutes play after each forty-five minute lesson is quite common in Finland. The Government has also recently introduced ‘Finnish Schools on the Move’, a national programme to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary time among school aged children. All children eat a healthy school lunch for free at school too.

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The challenge of making a new curriculum work: we’re professionals, let’s enjoy it!

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mick-watersYoung people represent humanity’s future. What could be more important in school than the curriculum we choose to lay before them? The ongoing challenge is for everyone involved in education in Wales to work together to develop a curriculum for the 21st century that will give all young people the skills, knowledge, understanding and personal qualities they need to flourish.

Developing the curriculum has two key elements; first, produce it and second, make it work. It is essential that the published curriculum approved by the National Assembly is world class. But it is where it meets the learner in the school that it will really show its worth.

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Voices of Children and Young People in the New Curriculum for Wales

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IMG_0272As Children’s Commissioner for Wales my role is to help drive positive and long-lasting changes for children and young people in Wales. Listening to children and young people is an essential part of this work.  Young people are the experts in their own lives and ensuring their important contribution is heard will always give us stronger policies and better outcomes.   This was at the forefront of my mind when I brought a delegation of young people to join a meeting of the Independent Advisory Group to curriculum reform.

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