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 EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will examine the key issues surrounding the design and implementation of the new school curriculum.


Ahead of the introduction of a curriculum and assessment Bill during this Assembly term, the seminar will be an opportunity to discuss key issues emerging from the Welsh Government’s consultation on the draft curriculum, and those attending will consider new curriculum and assessment arrangements, due to be finalised in January 2020.


The conference will also be an opportunity to examine the implications of curriculum reform for 14-16 qualifications.


We expect discussion on the Qualifications Wales consultation looking at what qualifications should be available to support the new curriculum, as well as the design and delivery of qualifications which meet the needs of FE, HE and employers.


It takes place in the context of wider discussion on what the qualifications for the new curriculum might look like and the range of options for students, including in vocational learning. Delegates will look at ways in which challenges might be overcome with relation to meeting the needs of businesses of different sizes.


Further sessions 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.


Attendees will also 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.  


They will also look at how to support schools in preparing for the new curriculum - alongside discussion on the inspection arrangements for the new curriculum, as Estyn begins a series of consultations which include the proposal to partially suspend inspections for maintained schools between 2020-21 in a Transition Year so that Estyn can work with schools on the curriculum changes.


With Estyn expected to announce a new inspection framework in September 2021, there will also be discussion on what the new framework should include.


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 concerns around clarifying expectations of teachers. There will also be discussion on the resources and funding available to ensure effective implementation.


Delegates will also discuss content, and the six proposed areas of learning and experience.



Keynote Speakers

Professor Graham Donaldson

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

Meilyr Rowlands

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales (HMCI), Estyn

Keynote Speakers

Professor Graham Donaldson

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

Meilyr Rowlands

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales (HMCI), Estyn

Emyr George

Director, Qualifications Policy and Reform, Qualifications Wales

Chairs

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

Speakers

Jane Nicholas

Senior Research Manager, NFER Cymru

Sue Poole

Chief Executive Officer, 2B Enterprising

Dr Dale Duddridge

Deputy Headteacher, Maesteg Comprehensive School, Bridgend

Professor Eithne Hughes

Incoming Director, ASCL Cymru

Tracey Handley

Programmes Manager, Cymru, Parentkind

Elaine Carlile

Director of Qualifications, Assessment and Responsible Officer, WJEC

Jane Alexander

Chief Executive Officer, Early Years Wales