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The Hugh Owen Medal

A leading WISERD academic has warned an audience from the education sector of the challenges facing those implementing Wales’ new school curriculum.

WISERD Co-Director Professor Chris Taylor took advantage of the announced delay in implementing the new curriculum to outline what he saw as crucial questions to answer to ensure its success.

Professor Taylor was awarded the inaugural Hugh Owen Medal by the Learned Society of Wales in recognition of his groundbreaking contribution to education research in Wales.

Following his lecture, Professor Taylor said: “There is no denying that there is an appetite for change to the curriculum in Wales, but what needed changing, and why, has been much less clear.

“Building a consensus around any new curriculum is a tough task. Wales has its specific challenges, from an apparent lack of active research experience within schools to an increased threat to state education from parents moving their children into the fee-paying sector.

“There is no right or wrong way of developing and implementing a new curriculum, or of judging the success or otherwise of a new curriculum. But above all else we must ensure the most disadvantaged learners are not unfairly discriminated against in our desire to modernise and reform the education system.”

Take a look below at the Twitter highlights from the lecture: