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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…

Understanding and supporting the Effectiveness of Labour Market Interventions in Wales

This project utilises routinely available linked administrative data to examine the effectiveness of the services provided by Careers Wales for the sustained progression of young people through education and into employment or further training/education. The research also explores how the use of administrative data can contribute to the effective follow-up of clients for Careers Wales…

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…

Cultural Participation Research Network

The Cultural Participation Research Network was established in June 2017 with help from Cardiff University’s Strong Communities, Healthier People Flagship Engagement Project led by Dr Eva Elliott. The network brought together a range of individuals and organisations in Wales and developed a programme of research around cultural participation and what it meant for communities, culture, policy and government…

Rural-Urban Outlooks: Unlocking Synergies (ROBUST)

Centre for Welsh Politics and Society / WISERD@Aberystwyth researchers are involved in a European study to investigate interactions between rural and urban areas and how they can be more effectively managed. ROBUST is a European research project involving 24 partners from 11 countries. It is coordinated by Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The project receives funding from the…

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…

Integrative Mechanisms for Addressing Spatial Justice and Territorial Inequalities in Europe (IMAJINE)

The IMAJINE project (Integrative Mechanisms for Addressing Spatial Justice and Territorial Inequalities in Europe) is one of the largest social sciences projects to be financed as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The five-year project aims to come up with new policy approaches for tackling inequality and promoting a fairer distribution of resources across the EU….

Social and Cultural Capital in later life

Overview This work package will explore the importance of ageing and intergenerational relations for social participation and civil society.  In particular, we will investigate the impact of ageing on participation in civil society through the lens of crime across the life course and the extent to which this, and the fear of crime, influence the…

Ageing, serious leisure and the contribution of the grey economy

Overview This project utilised a mixed methods approach, combining a strategic review of existing survey data with ethnographic observation and interviews to make a timely and original contribution to understanding the benefits of ‘serious leisure’ in retirement for the individual and for the wider communities of which they are part.   In order to address the stipulated…