The Learned Society of Wales awarded the inaugural Hugh Owen Medal, funded by the Welsh government, to WISERD’s Co-Director, Professor Chris Taylor in recognition of his outstanding contribution to educational research.
Implementing the new curriculum in Wales: lessons to learn?
Professor Chris Taylor, Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Method
Since devolution Wales has seen a number of radical changes to its education system. However, the most significant is still to come. In 2015 the Welsh Government set out to introduce a new school curriculum for all 3-16 year olds, the largest curriculum reform ever seen in Wales.
The ambition to have a new curriculum in place by September 2021 has already been breached. This year Kirsty Williams AM, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, announced that there would be a one year delay in the introduction of the new curriculum, and that its final implementation would now be ‘phased’ in. This deceleration recognises the scale of the task, but it also provides a good opportunity to reflect on its implementation.
The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) has been heavily involved in evaluating and challenging many of the education reforms introduced by the Welsh Government in the last ten years. In this lecture I reflect on our experience of these reforms and consider what other lessons could be learnt to support the successful implementation of the new curriculum.
There will be a drinks reception after the public lecture to give those attending an opportunity to continue the discussion over a glass of wine.
17:15-17:45 Registration and refreshments
17:45 Introduction by Sir Emyr Jones Parry, President of the Learned Society of Wales
17:55 “Implementing the new curriculum in Wales: lessons to learn?” Professor Chris Taylor, Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD), Cardiff University
18:40 Q&A session
19:00 Reception and networking
This event is organised in partnership with the Learned Society of Wales.