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Education in Wales: How do we move from troubled and troubling to transformational?

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This article reviews the historical development of the education system in Wales, and of the emergence of concerns about its standards and quality after 2007, particularly after 2011. It is argued that policy responses to the perceived problems of the system have been extensive; but that the time-scale of the changes means that they may only now be impacting. It is argued that Wales and the Welsh Government need to explore additional policy arenas and areas of change. The focus should move beyond the 'supply side' change to utilise 'within school' variation as a mechanism of educational change. The Welsh Government should build further policies in areas where there are pre-existing Welsh differences, concentrating upon change at the 'meso' or middle level, including schools, local authorities and communities. This should include giving attention to the quality of teaching and teacher training and researching further those many areas of policy where Wales is now different in provision.
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Keywords: 'MESO' LEVEL REFORM; EDUCATION; POLICY; WELSH GOVERNMENT

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2016

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  • Previously published under the title University of Wales Journal of Education, this internationally-distributed annual journal offers an arena for disseminating education research from national and international perspectives. The journal explores a range of controversial arguments relating to education, including areas such as bilingualism, religion in education, well-being and the standards of literacy and numeracy. The contemporary drive for improved education standards, within Wales and internationally, provides a wealth of interdisciplinary research opportunities, and the journal aims to publish research reports relating to these current issues. The journal also includes a comprehensive reviews section.

    Mae'r cylchgrawn blynyddol hwn, a adwaenid gynt fel Cylchgrawn Addysg Prifysgol Cymru, yn trafod agweddau datganoledig ar addysg, ynghyd ag ymdrin ag addysg o safbwynt cenedlaethol a rhyngwladol. Wrth ymhel â materion cyfoes yn ymwneud ag addysg, mae'r drafodaeth yn amlinellu safbwyntiau dadleuol ynghylch dwyieithrwydd a chrefydd yn ogystal â safonau llythrennedd a rhifedd. Mae'r ymdrechion i wella safonau addysg yng Nghymru a thu hwnt yn esgor ar feysydd ymchwil newydd, a bwriad y cyfnodolyn yw cyhoeddi erthyglau cryno yn ymdrin â materion cyfredol o'r fath. Mae'r cyfnodolyn hefyd yn cynnwys adran adolygiadau.

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