‘The pupils are enjoying it. Their writing length and depth is better, oracy is much better…’
The Digital Competence Framework’s 1st Birthday.
At the NDLE conference in June, several guest speakers were heard to comment that the Welsh approach to digital competence was the envy of England. That should be a source of pride for Wales, but more importantly it shows that our children will be properly prepared for an increasingly digital world when they leave school.
In this first year it has been great to see schools being so positive about experimenting with the Framework and using the mapping tool to compare the good work they are already doing against its requirements.
The Digital Competence Framework is celebrating the end of the first school year since its release. Since its publication, schools across Wales have embraced the Framework, explored the skills and looked forward to a digital future. Feedback from schools has been tremendously important and the Digital Pioneers have taken on board comments and suggestions from schools in all areas and settings across Wales.
The new curriculum in Wales will give teachers more freedom to teach in ways that will provide better outcomes for their learners. To support innovative pedagogy it will sometimes mean working with organisations or individuals outside of the classroom or school.
This was a key theme in the Curriculum Reform Strand 1 Working Group on Enrichment and Experiences where teachers agreed that bringing in others from outside school – or visiting other people and places – brings the learning to life for their pupils and makes it more effective and meaningful. This has been carried through to the six Areas of Learning and Experiences in Strand 2 and will be developed more fully in Strand 3.
This is an exciting time for digital learning! Schools have now had a full year to familiarise themselves with the Framework, and leaders should now be planning ways to encourage and support all teachers and practitioners to identify opportunities to use the Framework in their teaching during the next academic year.