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Implementing the new secondary level curriculum and next steps for post-16 qualifications

Morning, Tuesday, 3rd May 2022


This conference will bring together stakeholders with policymakers to discuss the implementation of the new secondary level curriculum and next steps for post-16 qualifications.


It follows the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Act having received royal assent earlier this year, and the publication by the Welsh Government of an implementation plan for transitioning to delivering the new curriculum in year 7 in 2022, with secondary schools having the option to delay implementation until 2023 and roll the curriculum out with years 7 and 8 together. The first exams based on the new curriculum are due in 2027.


Areas for discussion include:

  • recovery from the pandemic in secondary schools
  • priorities for both the design and the implementation phase
  • next steps for assessment and post-16 qualification reform
  • what further support might be required by schools and teachers to successfully teach the new curriculum
  • key challenges teachers expect to face as they approach the new areas of learning
  • lessons that can be learnt from Pioneer Schools


Keynote Speaker

Senior speaker confirmed from the Welsh Government

Speakers

Helen Franklin

Head of English, Literature and Literacy, Ysgol Treffynnon, Flintshire

Ian Morgan

Chair, JCQ; and Chief Executive, WJEC

Pryderi ap Rhisiart

Managing Director, M-SParc

Professor Eithne Hughes

Cymru Director, Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)

Professor Alma Harris

Deputy Head, School of Education, Swansea University