The CAMAU project, a collaboration between the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and the University of Glasgow (UofG), funded by the Welsh Government and UWTSD, was designed to support the Welsh national strategy to build a new curriculum, pedagogy and assessment arrangements across its education system which offer young people in Wales educational experiences that are fit for the 21st century. The focus of the CAMAU project is progression.
The CAMAU project therefore aimed to develop a common understanding of 'progression' in learning for children and young people aged 3 to 16 years, in the context of the Curriculum for Wales.
The project involved researchers working, initially with the pioneer schools, and then more broadly across the school sector to provide evidence from research, policy and practice to address five questions:
- How might curriculum, progression and assessment be described and developed in Wales to focus on learning and to promote better alignment between research, policy and practice?
- In what ways do models of curriculum progression relate to progression in learning emerging from evidence of learning and progression within schools and classrooms?
- To what extent is it possible to think of assessment as the use of evidence to enable future learning, as ‘progression steps’, rather than as a summary of past achievement?
- What implications arise from the CAMAU work with AoLE groups that will be essential to consider in the next phases of the programme (i.e. implications for professional learning)?
- What implications arise from this exploratory partnership project for research, policy and practice in Wales and beyond