In February 2022, the Minister for Education and Welsh Language made a commitment to make national support available for developing progression and assessment within the context of the new curriculum and the four purposes at its heart.
In response, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Camau i’r Dyfodol – Steps to the Future project. This 3-year project, being carried out in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the University of Glasgow, represents our long-term commitment to supporting schools and settings through the process of curriculum transformation, focusing on progression and assessment.
Camau i’r Dyfodol supports our collaborative ambition through building capacity and bringing together the expertise and experience of the education sector to co-develop a shared understanding of progression for all learners that is meaningful, manageable, and sustainable. This will include provision of support through our National Network Conversations, which create spaces for schools and settings and educational partners to reflect on progression and assessment in the context of their own personal practice and share their experiences and approaches.
Our ambition for the Camau I’r Dyfodol project and these conversations, and all support regarding purpose, progression and assessment, is to:
- Bring together all educational partners, from schools and settings to Estyn, to use their own experience and expertise to build a shared understanding of progression, supporting participants to learn from each other.
- Build understanding of how this shared understanding can be developed effectively for all Welsh pupils through curriculum, assessment, and pedagogy.
- Support development of practice that can realise the ambitions of the new Curriculum for Wales, including looking past implementation to the long-term evolution of the curriculum.
- Ensure change is meaningful and manageable for schools and settings, and that it is carried out in an inclusive, evidence-informed manner with equity, integrity and alignment between all parts of the system.
- Provide an evolving evidence-base, which can feed back into the system and provide practitioners with new knowledge about progression-based curricula, professional practice, and educational change.
As the project progresses, we will be producing resources and outputs to aid practitioners to reflect on their practice, share their experiences and support further discussion within their schools or settings. These resources will be published through Hwb.
As these conversations kick off the project’s work, we will be establishing a co-construction group to guide the project’s activities, focus and outputs, ensuring that it engages with the entire education sector in Wales.
Keep an eye on the Curriculum for Wales blog to stay up to date on the work of Caumau I’r Dyfodol, which will include news on upcoming events and published materials.
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