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This conference examined the new qualifications system in Wales for 14-16 year olds.
It followed publication of Qualifications Wales’ proposals for the reformed GCSEs, and as the regulator consults on their design and content - as well as the wider reshaping of 14-16 qualifications in Wales.
Areas for discussion included:
- design: whether the reformed qualifications reflect the flexibility of the new curriculum as rollout begins - if they are likely to be regarded by stakeholders as fair and reliable
- grading: the proposed system for the revised qualifications, and how to develop confidence in the new qualifications - both in Wales and internationally
- delivery: rolling out the new suite of qualifications, with proposals for less emphasis on written exams
- digital assessment: assessing issues for its introduction - improving experience and delivery - promoting accessibility for learners and enabling choice during the assessment process
- progression: pathways for students post-16 - whether the reformed qualifications allow smooth progression to further education, higher education and employment
- meeting demand: catering to the needs of FE and employers - helping address local skills gaps, with concern from some that a single Welsh language qualification has not been introduced
We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Emyr George, Director of Qualifications Policy and Reform, Qualifications Wales; and Lucy Crehan, International Education Consultant. The chair is Dame Nia Griffith MP, Member of Parliament for Llanelli and Shadow Minister for International Trade.
The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Department for the Economy, NI; Department of Education, NI; IPO; Senedd Cymru; and the Welsh Government.