Policy Forum for Wales

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

October 2019

This seminar examined the key issues surrounding the design and implementation of the new school curriculum in Wales.

Ahead of the introduction of a curriculum and assessment Bill, the seminar discussed key issues emerging from the Welsh Government’s consultation, and those attending considered new curriculum and assessment arrangements.

The conference also examined the implications of curriculum reform for 14-16 qualifications.

Delegates discussed the design and delivery of qualifications in order to meet the needs of students, FE, HE and employers.

Further sessions examined the introduction of new assessment arrangements alongside the curriculum, aiming to ensure effective learner progression.

The agenda also looked at the inspection arrangements for the new curriculum as Estyn begins a series of consultations, including the proposal to partially suspend inspections for maintained schools between 2020-21 in a Transition Year.

Delegates also considered how to prepare and support experienced and newly-qualified teachers, in terms of increased freedoms in teaching, and the process of phased implementation.

Those attending examined issues around effective implementation, such as resources, funding, content, and the six proposed areas of learning and experience.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates