Parallel tracks – how professional Learning is evolving to help teachers bring the new curriculum to life

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Professional Learning pioneer schools are now working with new Curriculum pioneer schools to decide what preparatory learning would help practitioners.

Clarissa Brind, Senior teacher from Rhydypenau Primary, and Head teacher Jackie Parker from Crickhowell High School talk about what they’re finding out and how other practitioners will be kept informed.

Clarrisa Brind

Jackie Parker

Wider support will also be available to schools. Ruth Thackray from the GWE consortium  talks about the Consortia role and  Dave Stacey from Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education, University of Wales Trinity St. David, considers the role of HEIs. Continue reading

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy – our journey towards the new curriculum as a secondary school (and cluster!)

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Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy logoWe are a naturally bilingual 11-18 school situated in the rural Conwy Valley.   We have a strong partnership with local primary schools and have worked towards Successful Futures collaboratively with them over the last two years. We are a pioneer school but work extensively with those who are not.

Our journey started with making our school community and 3-16 cluster of 14 primary schools ready for the new Curriculum. We’ve worked as a staff and in cluster to better understand the different components of the emerging Curriculum, sharing the information through staff meetings, leadership groups and INSET at school and Area of Learning and Experience (AoLE)  level. We’ve also engaged with other AoLE schools and with colleagues in GWE. Continue reading

Crownbridge School: Why we look forward to the new curriculum

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Crownbridge School girl with dogWe are Torfaen’s only Special School.  We have 116 pupils on roll, who travel to us from across the Borough. We are a Pioneer school.

We want to tell you why we are so optimistic about the new curriculum, compared with a current curriculum that has at times been a challenge in the way it defines ‘content’.

Our pupils are aged between 3 and 19 years with a wide range of learning difficulties. These include Severe Learning difficulty (SLD), Profound and Multiple learning difficulty (PMLD), and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).



Before Successful Futures: Continue reading

Bridgend’s Festival of Learning has an eye to the new Curriculum

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Bees at St MarysEvery one of the primary, secondary and special schools in Bridgend ran a learning event during the week of 25 June 2018.

Teachers, governors, challenge advisers, local business people and a range of other partners were able to choose from a huge learning menu developed by teachers, for teachers – with a little help from learners.

On the one hand you could just call it good practice. On the other, you could say it’s a radical approach to professional learning that works now but will also fit perfectly with the new curriculum. Continue reading

Developing our ‘Thrive Curriculum’ at Jubilee Park Primary School

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Thrive curriculum Jubilee logo for end of piece

Jubilee Park is a new school and our staff relish a challenge. We are not a Pioneer school, but we see this as a new exciting chapter in education and an opportunity to tailor our curriculum to the needs of our learners in Wales. So we have been creating a curriculum based on recommendations from Successful Futures, which has been a great challenge, but a rewarding one.

Our curriculum is more than a series of lessons or a scheme of work, to us it is everything in our school – it is what we are about. Our Thrive Curriculum was borne out of research and ideas shared from pioneer schools. It is informed by the ‘Schools as a Learning Organisation’ OECD report and curriculum reform documentation. We have also had many discussions and debates with colleagues! Continue reading

New ANIMATION: How Wales’ new curriculum and assessment arrangements are being built on progression

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In line with ‘Successful Futures’, the Curriculum and its assessment arrangements will be built on progression, so each Area of Learning and Experience will include progression steps. In this way learning and progression go hand in hand.

Our new animation explains how this will happen.

Here’s a list of our blog posts since March, organised in groups.

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in one placeIn the absence of an index we hope you find this list useful for finding items you might want to read.

It includes links to the posts for Curriculum and Assessment, Professional Learning, Digital Competence and wider Education Reform.


If you find it helpful we’ll do this each term – please let us know. Continue reading