Policy Forum for Wales

Implementing the new curriculum in Wales, measuring pupil progress and reforming 14-16 qualifications

Morning, Thursday, 3rd October 2019

Central Cardiff


This timely seminar will examine the key issues surrounding the design and implementation of the new school curriculum following its recent publication in draft form by the Welsh Government.

The conference will also be an opportunity to examine what next for 14-16 qualifications.

As Qualifications Wales begin to consult on what qualifications should be available to support the new curriculum.

Attendees will discuss what employers, colleges and universities would like the qualifications for the new curriculum to look like and the range of options which should be available for students, including in vocational learning.

They will also discuss the introduction of new assessment arrangements alongside the curriculum which aim to ensure effective learner progression, with final statutory guidance expected to be published for schools in January 2020.

Further sessions assess impact of proposals to remove key stages and move towards a continued learning process with progression steps at certain ages, the prioritisation of formative assessment and a move away from the allocation of levels. 

The agenda also focuses on how to prepare and support teachers who will have increased freedom in the ways they are able to teach, following concern from some teachers that there is a lack of clarity in what is expected of them. There will also be discussion on the resources and funding available to ensure effective implementation.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Graham Donaldson

Review Lead, Successful Futures, Independent Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangements in Wales, 2015, University of Glasgow

Emyr George

Associate Director, Qualifications Wales


Suzy Davies AM

Shadow Minister for Education & Welsh Language, Welsh Conservative Party, National Assembly for Wales

Siân Gwenllian AC/AM

Gweinidog Cysgodol dros Addysg a’r Iaith Gymraeg, Plaid Cymru, Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru / Shadow Minister for Education & Welsh Language, Plaid Cymru, National Assembly for Wales


Jane Nicholas

Senior Research Manager, NFER Cymru

Sue Poole

Chief Executive Officer, 2B Enterprising

Elaine Carlile

Director of Qualifications, Assessment and Responsible Officer, WJEC

Jane Alexander

Chief Executive Officer, Early Years Wales