Policy Forum for Wales

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Next steps for implementing the new curriculum in Wales

All day, Wednesday, 22nd September 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will be a timely opportunity to examine the key issues surrounding the implementation of the new school curriculum - including its new priority areas, and how it can play a role in post-pandemic recovery.

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 2022, with it becoming mandatory in secondary schools from 2023.

Sessions in the agenda focus on:

  • implementing the new curriculum in the wake of COVID-19
  • adjusting to the new pedagogical approach, and best practice in thematic teaching and curriculum design
  • the role of teacher training and reskilling staff in the effective implementation of the new approach
  • incorporating new priorities for the Welsh curriculum and strategies for improving inclusivity
  • inspections under the new curricula

The conference will also be an opportunity to examine:

  • the ongoing implications of the pandemic for schools, and for teachers as a result, and how this may impact the rollout of the curriculum
  • how the new curriculum might be harnessed to combat other challenges, such as sexual misconduct, digital skills shortages, and improving ethnic minority inclusion in education


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Senedd Cymru and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Cantonian High School; Central South Consortium; Ceredigion County Council; Coleg Cambria; Conwy County Borough Council; Oystermouth Primary School, Swansea; Pembrokeshire County Council; Pillgwenlly Primary School; Swansea University; Theatr na nÓg; University of Worcester; and Ysgol Greenhill School, Tenby.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of the Senedd Cymru and Welsh Parliament and senior officials from the Welsh Government, and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from awarding bodies, schools and teaching professionals, regional skills partnerships and employers, colleges, representatives of trade unions and local government, groups representing parents and students, specialist academics and charities, mental health professionals, environmental groups and campaign groups, together with reporters from the national and trade media based in Wales and elsewhere.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Alan Edwards

HM Inspector, Estyn

Romane Viennet

Education Policy Analyst, Policy Advice and Implementation, Directorate for Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Keynote Speakers

Romane Viennet

Education Policy Analyst, Policy Advice and Implementation, Directorate for Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Alan Edwards

HM Inspector, Estyn


Baroness Wilcox of Newport

Shadow Spokesperson (Wales)

Jenny Rathbone MS

Chair, Equality and Social Justice Committee

Cefin Campbell MS


Gemma Casey

Ecosystem Manager, NatWest Cymru

Jonathan Keohane

Headteacher, Roath Park Primary School, Cardiff

Senior speaker confirmed from Teach the Future Wales

Finola Wilson

Director, Impact School Improvement

Soraya Cordle

Co-Founding Director, I’m Representing Inclusive Educational Curriculum Consultancy

Glenda Dudley

Director and Co-founder, The Learning Partnership Wales

Kojo Hazel

Head of Vocational Education, Treorchy Comprehensive School

Professor Eithne Hughes

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

Professor Louise Hayward

Professor of Educational Assessment and Innovation, University of Glasgow

Hayden Llewellyn

Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council

Gareth Evans

Director of Education Policy, Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education and Humanities, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Jackie Parker

Headteacher, Crickhowell High School

Laura Doel

Director, NAHT Cymru

Jessica Dunrod

Co-Founding Director, I’m Representing Inclusive Educational Curriculum Consultancy (IECC)

Tracey Handley

Head of Wales, Parentkind

Dr Esma Izzidien

Founder and Head of School, Cardiff Montessori School

Ruth Thackray

Senior Lead - Curriculum for Wales, GwE

Sarah Stone

Executive Director for Wales, Samaritans

Mary van den Heuvel

Senior Policy Officer, National Education Union Cymru

Aeron Rees

Head of Curriculum and Wellbeing, Carmarthenshire County Council