23 May 2019

Launch of Centre for Education Policy Review and Analysis (CEPRA)

The launch of the Education Policy Review and Analysis Center (PASS) was held at the Tramshed in Cardiff on Monday 13th May.

CDAPA is a body that will conduct projects and research into education and the purpose of the opening evening was to ‘move the debate on education in Wales’.

The head teacher of a local primary school who had pioneered new areas of the curriculum gave an interesting presentation. At the school, themed work was important and the pupil's experience was at the heart of the learning process at all times.

It was good to welcome representatives from a Welsh-medium secondary school who have pioneered the new curriculum over recent years. The school had some specific examples, e.g. there has been collaboration across secondary subjects to create a project around climbing Pen y Fan. In the primary sector there was a successful project on healthy food packs for learners.

These projects, and many others, provide worthwhile opportunities for pupils. The next steps will be to develop wider learning opportunities and provide time for teachers to plan and work together.

To conclude the event, Education Minister Kirsty Williams said that regular dialogue with parents and pupils was crucial as the curriculum developed.

The biggest challenge, according to the Minister, is to ensure the nation's confidence - we can succeed together.