Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for raising school standards in Wales - effective categorisation, tailored support and the teaching workforce

Morning, Thursday, 1st February 2018

Central Cardiff


This seminar focuses on school standards in Wales and the development of the National School Categorisation System.

It comes after the publication of the Welsh Government’s National Education Plan, which outlines plans to raise school standards through reducing class sizes, reforming teacher training and a £1.1 billion investment in school buildings.

The seminar has also been scheduled to follow the release of the 2018 National School Categorisation ratings, and we are delighted that Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government will be delivering a keynote address.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the effectiveness of the new system in measuring the quality of Welsh education and providing schools, local authorities and regional education consortia with the information and support to improve standards.

Further sessions will focus on the role of consortia in co-constructing the categorisation system and providing tailored support for challenging schools. There will also be discussion on the Welsh Government’s proposed new performance measures for post-16 education, including the steps necessary for successful implementation and the possible implications for standards within further education.

Coming in the midst of wider reforms to education in Wales - including the implementation of a new curriculum, new teaching standards and the introduction of reformed GCSEs and A Levels - delegates will also discuss the state of Welsh education, and the links between school standards and educational reforms.

Guest of Honour

Kirsty Williams AM

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government

Guest of Honour

Kirsty Williams AM

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government


Vikki Howells AM

Member, Cross-Party Group on Children and Young People

Nick Ramsay AM


David Evans

Secretary, NUT Cymru

Dr Kevin Smith

Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University and Research Associate, WISERDEducation

Councillor Philippa Marsden

Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement, Caerphilly County Borough Council

Stephen Fraser

International Partnerships Manager, Education Endowment Foundation

Robin Hughes

Consultant, GL Assessment

Gareth Collier

Principal, Cardiff Sixth Form College

Claire Price

Headteacher, Chepstow School, Monmouthshire and Advisor, The Education Foundation

Arwyn Thomas

Managing Director, GwE

Gerard McNamara

Headteacher, Barry Comprehensive School, Vale of Glamorgan

Jackie Parker

Headteacher, Crickhowell High School, Powys