The power of people

As a mature PGCE student, I was fortunate to have a mentor who, like me, had entered the profession late after pursuing a career in a completely different field. In his case, it was the military; in mine, broadcasting and journalism. Amongst the manifold strategies and ideas I learnt during that placement, his explanation of


This post comes from Andy Middleton – @gringreen. You can find out how to get involved at the end of the post! We’ve been waiting for long enough. We have a good idea of what needs to be done. We have the world’s best sustainability legislation in the Wellbeing of Future Generations and Environment Acts.

Nerves & Jitters

This blog post comes from final year BA Primary Studies student Lucy Manley. You can find Lucy on Twitter @MissManley_USW and learn more about her on her blog – I am gaining QTS this Summer after a long and challenging four years of study and teaching practice. I feel beyond content and 100% ready

A successful bilingual future

Our next piece is from Richard Carbis (@addysgrjc7  on Twitter), Headteacher currently seconded to the CSC Consortia as Welsh Standards and Policy Officer. You can find more of Richard’s writing on his blog –   Wales is at a very important juncture for our  new curriculum, Successful Futures. By the end of the summer, we should have

There’s no bad language

Our next post comes from Rebecca Kent, MLF and English teacher. You can find Rebecca on Twitter at @BexK06 and her blog at ARE THE DARK DAYS OVER FOR MFL?: THOUGHTS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF LLC IN THE NEW CURRICULUM For many MFL teachers in Wales, times have been tough. Despite clear messages from business

A design for life

Our next blog post comes from Dylan Adams,  Leader of Primary Education Studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  In his book “Strange Tools”, Noe (2015) claims we humans are designers by nature. For me, this raises two interesting points. First, what is our true nature and second, if we are designers, what is it that we

2018, this is 2025 calling. Are you receiving? Over!

Our next post comes from James Stanford, Leader of Learning – St. Cadoc’s Catholic Primary School, Cardiff. You can find him on Twitter at @MrStanfordTeach and you can read more of his writing on his blog –   When I look back to that pipe-dream, the once in a lifetime ambition for a new curriculum for Wales,

Mission Possible?

Our second blog post comes from Dr Alec Clark, Executive Headteacher in the Tai/Ty Gwyn Federation RCT. Associate Head in CSC. Behavioural researcher, lover of the outdoors, husband, father and generally easily distracted dreamer.  The new education landscape in Wales could look a little daunting to those of us who are perhaps a couple of

“There is no time like the present”

The first of a regular series of blog posts from practitioners from around Wales comes from Kelly Forrest-Mackay St Illtyds Primary Abertillery   As a Pioneer, involved in the curriculum reform process since its inception, I am writing this blog to share some of my experiences and provide practical examples to help others engage with the