National Network for Curriculum Implementation

The National Network brings together teaching professionals, experts, stakeholders, policy makers and enabling partners, including regional consortia and Estyn to identify and address the barriers to, and opportunities for, the implementation of Curriculum for Wales.

1. Background

It is an open platform, with opportunity  for all practitioners in Wales to get involved in national co-construction to address our shared challenges and opportunities. The National Network will:

  • gather and share understanding– bringing together different views, perspectives and expertise nationally to understand how we are progressing, what the challenges are, and how people are responding to these
  • co-construct approaches– together, we will work out what teaching professionals, stakeholders, enabling partners and government can do to overcome these challenges
  • connect people– allow people to network and develop relationships, between teaching professionals, education experts and stakeholders who can help schools and settings directly
  • drive change– conversations will help support and drive implementation at all levels

The National Network will explore key issues around implementing the curriculum through conversations. These conversations will be held at a national and regional level, in partnership with Welsh Government and regional consortia and, as appropriate, local authorities. These conversations will build on professional learning at a regional level, bringing practitioners together across Wales to develop approaches to national implementation issues.

Topics for conversation

The autumn 2021 National Network conversations will discuss:

  • preparation for roll out – are we on the right track?
  • progression
  • resources and supporting materials

Planning for these conversations by volunteer practitioners will take place in September, with the conversations beginning in October.

As we move into the spring and summer terms in the 2021-22 academic year, there will be further network conversations on how we approach:

  • well-being in learning
  • diversity in the Curriculum for Wales
  • evaluation and improvement
  • qualifications reform
  • oracy and reading

Each National Network conversation will be supported by a pack of resources and inputs, including case studies, guidance, and video materials from experts. These will also help to inform work at the local and regional levels.

Through these conversations working with a range of partners, practitioners will be supported to co-construct key outputs which will be shared nationally and continue to inform curriculum design in schools. This will include:

  • approaches and ideas that practitioners can take back to inform curriculum design and implementation in their schools, settings and communities
  • recommendations for the commissioning and development of specific resources to support schools and settings with their curricula
  • recommendations to shape professional learning to support curriculum implementation

As we continue to move into the new curriculum, we will also want to hear from you about the topics you want the National Network to discuss. We will put in place ways for you to feed in your suggestions and will ensure that they inform planning for conversations into next year and beyond.

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