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ERW Curriculum Team 07/1/2021

Happy New Year. 

Ysgol Gynradd wirfoddol Llanddarog attended their first in a series of training workshops with the focus on developing a whole school approach to curriculum reform in order to develop a better understanding of the foundations on which to build a local curriculum. Staff and members of the governing body attended a facilitated workshop enabling them to think about creating a vision for their school as the starting point for designing their new curriculum. The school will attend regular sessions throughout the Spring term as they continue their work designing a local curriculum for their learners. 

The later part of the autumn term saw members of the curriculum team, in conjunction with local authority officers, deliver virtual NQT training in Mathematics and Numeracy and in Literacy. Primary and secondary NQTs from Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Powys, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot attended sessions to develop better understanding of the learning and teaching within mathematics, numeracy and literacy and had opportunities to share and develop ideas with each other. Training was supported with a resourced playlist. Further training days will be held in the Spring term. 

Staff from Ysgol Gymraeg Llwynderw have attended AoLE workshops training throughout the autumn term, culminating with sessions on the Expressive Arts and Science and Technolog in the last week of December. All staff developed a better understanding of the vision and philosophy behind each AoLE before embarking on the design process. Discussions were facilitated around how the four purposes could be developed through the AoLE and staff started to consider a vision for each area of learning and experience.


How do I develop a greater understanding of pedagogy within Curriculum for Wales?

Pedagogy is at the heart of a school’s curriculum. In designing their curriculum, schools should consider the pedagogical approaches they will need to employ to support learners in realising the four purposes. Schools should seek to develop a strong vision of learning and teaching which considers the ‘why’ and ‘how’ as well as the ‘what’. This vision will recognise the integral role of the learning environment in supporting effective learning. What does learning and teaching look like in your school? Schools should ensure that practitioners have a deep and thorough understanding of the pedagogical principles and the research on which they are based. Effective pedagogy relies on an in-depth understanding of child and adolescent development. It involves exploring and reflecting on which teaching strategies will best support learning in each context and inquiring about the impact of this on learners. Curriculum design for learners of all ages and abilities should be underpinned by pedagogical principles. These reflect well-documented evidence about effective pedagogy. The Curriculum and Innovation team have developed a whole school Pedagogy workshop to support schools and settings with professional learning, which focusses on whole-school aspects of pedagogy - one of the foundations on which to build a local curriculum.

The Principles for Excellence programme will support practitioners to demonstrate higher level understanding of the 12 Pedagogical Principles included in the Curriculum for Wales guidance documentation. Engaging with the PfE will help practitioners to create a proactive school ethos, where a deeper understanding of the underlying values and principles of pedagogy inform classroom practice and influence all teaching approaches for learners.

Principles for Excellence 

Leading Pedagogy 

Playlist – Leading Pedagogy 

A cross-regional playlist aimed at senior leaders that provides information, resources and interactive quizzes on the following topics (each section could be used in schools to support whole staff professional learning): 

  1. The National Pedagogy Project
  2. The Principles of Pedagogy
  3. Schools as Learning Organisations
  4. Professional Learning Communities
  5. Research Enquiry
  6. Leading Collaborative Learning
  7. Cognitive Science 

Talk Pedagogy Team

Talk Pedagogy, a space for individuals to share, support and collaborate within and across schools in Wales to share pedagogy and practice.