Science and Technology – Adam Shepherd, Ysgol T Gwynn Jones, talks about progress with this Area of Learning and Experience, and next steps.
The second stage of curriculum development is well underway and progress was shared at a working conference last week. Head-teacher Ty Golding, seconded to Welsh Government as Head of Curriculum Design and Development, and Huw Foster-Evans, seconded as Head of Professional Development, talk about progress and next steps.
As a pupil, what I hope to gain from my school’s curriculum is knowledge that I can apply to my life experiences and future career. To some extent I’m getting that, but in part I also feel I’m simply memorizing information only to forget it once I finish my exams.
Education reform is at the top of government agendas across the world. The general pattern is one of top-down innovation within which a central team develops a change package that is then rolled out to local authorities and schools. Although the best examples of top-down approaches take full account of the training and resource implications of the proposed reform, there nonetheless tends to be a widening gap between ambitious intention and the reality of the classroom experience of both teachers and pupils. That gap often reflects a lack of ownership and understanding at the point that matters most – the classroom. Continue reading
We’re a Pioneer school and have been working on the Digital Competence Framework Computational Thinking strand. That’s a mouthful in itself, and talking to colleagues from our cluster in North Wales, we soon realised that for fellow teachers to understand the Framework we needed to offer support. So working with Ysgol Cynfran, a local school from our cluster, we hosted sessions after school. To start we wanted to help them understand how they might begin to deliver the DCF.