Policy Forum for Wales

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

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2018

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.

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