Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for school standards in Wales: developing the National School Categorisation System

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2018

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

It has been scheduled to follow the release of the 2018 National School Categorisation ratings and 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 regional education consortia in co-constructing the categorisation system and providing tailored support for struggling 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 and new teaching standards, delegates will also discuss the state of Welsh education and the links between school standards and educational reforms.

The role of Estyn in upholding school standards, as Professor Graham Donaldson undertakes an independent review on this, will also be considered.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates