Policy Forum for Wales

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Next steps for curriculum reform and implementation in Wales

Morning, Friday, 26th April 2024


This conference will discuss next steps for curriculum reform in Wales.


It is bringing stakeholders together with policymakers to discuss next steps for implementation of the new Curriculum for Wales, following the publication of the Continuing the journey guidance framework in January 2024.


It will be an opportunity to assess progress of implementation so far and to consider challenges with monitoring progress and issues that have arisen during the first stage. Discussion will explore priorities for improving professional development for teaching staff, support and guidance on curriculum design and implementation, and improving student learning and attainment by narrowing inequality gaps.


Delegates will also discuss new Made-for-Wales GCSEs, with revised qualification outlines published by WJEC in January 2024 following consultation, and the new Qualified for the Future qualifications announced by Qualifications Wales, looking at how these might sit alongside the new curriculum.


Further sessions will examine priorities for creating school partnerships, minimising teacher workload and developing a shared understanding of progression, as well as the future use of AI in education, including as a tool for reducing teacher workload, and utilising its potential contribution towards lesson content and student resources.


Discussion will also focus on the recent PISA results, looking at the Welsh Government’s plan for maths and literacy improvement, and their open consultation on 14 to 16 learning under the Curriculum for Wales, assessing how these will impact curriculum design and policy priorities moving forward, alongside best practice lessons from other jurisdictions.


We are pleased to include keynote sessions with: Lloyd Hopkin, Deputy Director for Curriculum and Assessment, Welsh Government; Lucy Crehan, International Education Consultant, Crehan & Co; Dr Gareth Evans, Director of Education Policy, University of Wales Trinity Saint David; and Professor Alma Harris, Professor of Leadership in Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University; and Co-Director, Centre for International Research on Leadership in Education (CIRLE).


Overall, the agenda includes discussion on:

  • raising standards across Wales: priorities for improving literacy and numeracy standards - addressing concerns over PISA results - lessons to inform and enhance curriculum design
  • learning from other jurisdictions: best practice lessons from other jurisdictions in implementing curriculum reform - supporting disadvantaged areas and closing the inequality gap
  • monitoring progress: evaluating progress in implementation of the new curriculum - aligning curriculum reform with qualifications reform
  • collaboration: utilising school partnerships to create consistency across Wales, minimise teacher workload and develop best practice - reinforcing a shared understanding of progression
  • curriculum implementation: improving support and guidance for teaching staff - encouraging professional development to instil confidence in teachers to design their own curriculum
  • design: increasing and improving resources for curriculum design - utilising AI as a tool for lesson content creation - best practice from schools leading the way
  • policy priorities: ensuring policy coherence for successful implementation of the new Curriculum for Wales - aligning curriculum with qualification reform - moving from policy-driven to school-focused strategy

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from Senedd Cymru; the Welsh Government; IPO; Department of Education, NI; and Department for the Economy, NI.



Keynote Speakers

Lloyd Hopkin

Deputy Director for Curriculum and Assessment, Welsh Government

Dr Gareth Evans

Director of Education Policy, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Professor Alma Harris

Professor of Leadership in Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University; and Co-Director, Centre for International Research on Leadership in Education (CIRLE)

Lucy Crehan

International Education Consultant, Crehan & Co

Keynote Speakers

Dr Gareth Evans

Director of Education Policy, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Professor Alma Harris

Professor of Leadership in Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University; and Co-Director, Centre for International Research on Leadership in Education (CIRLE)

Lloyd Hopkin

Deputy Director for Curriculum and Assessment, Welsh Government

Lucy Crehan

International Education Consultant, Crehan & Co

Speakers

Mary van den Heuvel

Senior Policy Officer, National Education Union

Claire Skidmore

Headteacher, Radyr Primary School, Cardiff

Dr Amy Hulson-Jones

Research Officer, Bangor University

Rebecca Ring

School Convenor, Unison

Bethan Jeffers

Senior Associate, Skills Builder Partnership

Yana Williams

Chief Executive, Coleg Cambria

Matt Smith

Managing Director, Aspire 2Be