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New project to bring long-lasting support for Assessment and Progression

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As the Curriculum for Wales rolls out in our schools, all practitioners will need a deep understanding of progression and assessment.

Now a new three-year project, Camau I’r Dyfodol, will help practitioners grow that  meaningful understanding, helping it evolve as the curriculum evolves. Launched this month by Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, it fulfills a commitment to make ongoing national support available for developing progression and assessment.

Jeremy Miles MS

The Camau i’r Dyfodol – Steps to the Future project, involving the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the University of Glasgow, will bring 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.

National Network conversations, which create spaces for practitioners and partners to reflect on progression and assessment in the context of their own practice and share experiences and approaches, will be a key part of the project’s work. The first set of conversations began last month, and these will continue into the new academic year

The project will:

  • Bring together all educational partners, from schools and settings to Estyn, to share experience and learn from each other as they build an understanding of progression
  • Agree how this shared understanding can work for all Welsh pupils, through curriculum, assessment, and pedagogy.
  • Ensure change is meaningful and manageable for schools and settings, and 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 provide practitioners with new knowledge about progression-based curricula, professional practice, and educational change. 
  • Support development of practice that can realise the ambitions of the new Curriculum for Wales, including looking to the long-term evolution of the curriculum.

As the project progresses, resources will be produced to help practitioners reflect on their practice, share their experiences and support further discussion within their schools or settings. These resources will be published through Hwb.

A co-construction group will soon be set up to guide the project’s activities, focus and outputs, and make sure it engages with the entire education sector in Wales. Keep an eye on the Curriculum for Wales blog for more information in the coming weeks, and to stay up to date on the work of Camau i’r Dyfodol, which will include news on upcoming events and published materials. 

See the launch video below:

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