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Live pilot: the School Governor Reflections Resource

Aim The project has these two primary aims: Promote engagement with the School Governors Reflections Resource; Ensure the sustainability of the resource over the medium term (next 12 – 24 months). We also hope the project will allow us to explore further opportunities to research how school governors in Wales can be more effectively supported…

Children and young people’s rights: formal and informal constructions of citizenship

Children and young people’s rights: formal and informal constructions of citizenship utilises an international comparison of the civic expansion of children’s rights in four Western countries (including Wales), and how this can rebalance the civic deficits associated with childhood. Start date provided is that of the WISERD Civil Society Centre. Work packages will have their…

Excluded Lives

Excluded Lives is a multi-disciplinary project across the four jurisdictions of the UK led by the Department of Education at the University of Oxford and in partnership with the universities of Oxford, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Queen’s Belfast, and the LSE. The overarching aim of this project is to provide a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary view of the…

WISERD Education Data Lab

The aim of the WISERD Education Data Lab is to generate high quality research-based evidence to help inform and challenge our understanding of educational processes and outcomes to support the Wales education sector meet the aims of Education in Wales: our national mission 2017-2021. The WISERD Education Data Lab will undertake independent analysis of administrative…

Independent Review of the Implications of the Educational Reform Programme for the future role of Estyn – Call for Evidence

Significant changes are happening in Wales through the development of a new curriculum together with a wide range of enabling education reforms. These are set out in the Welsh Government’s action plan ‘Education in Wales: Our National Mission 2017-2021. In recognition of the importance of Estyn’s role in the success of the reform programme, Her…

Current Implementation of Computational Thinking in Welsh Primary Schools

Research Questions To evaluate how schools are implementing computational thinking in the classroom. What classroom tools do practitioners use to develop computer coding. Evaluate any differences in provision that might exist between different schools, such as internet speed, device allocation etc. To evaluate any socio-economic factors that might exist between different demographics and settings, such as…

Development of the new curriculum in Pioneer schools

Research Questions How are Pioneer Schools developing the new curriculum in a way which benefits all learners? What are Pioneer Schools doing to ensure that the implementation of the new curriculum benefits all learners, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds? What are teachers’ perceptions of the new curriculum, preparation and support for its full implementation and…

SF4All in rural schools

Research Questions Primary question: What are the organisational implications for leaders in rural schools of the way the new curriculum is being developed? Secondary aims: Identification of challenges and opportunities in respect of teacher recruitment and retention.  Identification of opportunities to develop curriculum provision which reflects the needs of learners in rural areas.  Identification of…

Meeting additional learning needs (ALN) in mainstream education in the development of the new curriculum for Wales

Research Questions In what ways are additional learning needs being considered in the process of curriculum development? What are the opportunities and challenges of curriculum development for ALN learners? How far is there perceived alignment between curriculum reform and the ALN transformation programme? Aims The primary aim of this research is to investigate how ALN…

The art of connecting: A study of how the Expressive Arts area of learning and experience (AoLE) is being constructed by Pioneer schools and teachers

Research Questions How are pioneer schools and teachers are building and shaping the Expressive Arts AoLE? What are the implications for disadvantaged learners and schools? How does impact vary between primary and secondary teachers? Aim This study aims to provide insight  into the construction of one aspect of the new  curriculum (Expressive Arts AoLE) by…

The changing frontiers of the state and civil society in education: a comparative analysis of France and Wales

This project, facilitated through WISERD and the Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon, is exploring the contrasting relationship between education, the state and civil society in Wales and France. France and the UK provide two important contexts in which to explore these issues as the relationship between the state, the education system and civil society is very…

Education, Language & Identity

Overview The project used interviews and questionnaires to investigate the types of civic participation and conceptions of language and identity promoted within the statutory education system, and within civil society organisations working with young people, in both Wales and Scotland. In the project’s initial stages the four co-Is undertook around a total of 15-20 interviews with national-level elite…

Higher Education and Civil Society

Overview This project explored the relationships between participation in higher education and engagement in civil society, especially at the local level. Do university graduates play a distinctive role in the institutions of civil society? More specifically, it examined the extent to which the institutional shift from an elite to a mass system of higher education has…

Graduate Employability and Skills

The overall aim of the project was to provide an analytical review of the research literature on graduate employability and skills, with due attention to the diversity of the approaches that have been adopted. In particular, the review was designed to draw out the implications of the general literature for the specific circumstances of Wales. It also…

Evaluation of Foundation Phase Flexibility Pilots

Overview Supporting children in their early years is seen as central to reforms to improve educational standards and raise the educational achievement of children in Wales, particularly amongst children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The distinct and novel approach of the Welsh Government has led to major policies such as Flying Start, the creation of a…

Evaluation of the Pupil Deprivation Grant

Overview The Pupil Deprivation Grant was introduced in 2012-13 and provides schools with additional resource to raise levels of achievement of a particular group of economically disadvantaged learners. This two-year evaluation looked at how schools have used this new grant and what impact this additional resource has had on these children and young people. In…

Tracking the progress of Assisted Place holders thirty years on

Overview The Assisted Places Scheme was introduced in 1980 by the Conservative Government in order to provide a ‘ladder of opportunity’ for academically able students from poor homes. Over the next 17 years, more than 75,000 pupils received means-tested assistance from public funds to attend the most selective and prestigious private schools in England and…