4. Case studies

This section brings together numerous published case studies and examples of how schools and settings have approached curriculum development.

Assessment and progression (YouTube)

Curriculum for Wales: towards September 2022: what you need to know and do

A selection of videos highlighting different schools’ approaches to curriculum design, progression and assessment.

Progression at Ysgol y Strade

Case study featuring Ysgol y Strade, looking at progression, as well as new curriculum elements including description of the school’s introduction of lifelong learning skills.

Bontnewydd Primary School describe their new approach to assessment and progression

The Head and Deputy Head at Ysgol Gynradd Bontnewydd Primary School describe approaches to pupil assessment and progression that they have introduced to work alongside the Curriculum for Wales.

Supporting materials for transition. This supporting material shows how a range of transition ‘bridges’ can support transition arrangements across the 3 to 16 continuum.

Transition arrangements used by the Bassaleg School cluster are described by two primaries in the cluster, Jubilee Park Primary School and Pentrepoeth Primary School. They show how their evolved form of transition supports progression between phases.

Learner review meetings at Jubilee Park Primary School take place across the school year, also linking from year to year. They take a broad view of the individual child and support progression within and across years.

Cluster working and transition

Ysgol y Wern describes its approach to transition (Welsh only with English subtitles)

Staff at Ysgol y Wern describe how they prepare learners for High School alongside their cluster partners.

  1. Leaders view: developing curriculum (Welsh only with English subtitles)

  2. Team view: developing curriculum (Welsh only with English subtitles)

Ysgol Llanhari share the 3 to 16 school journey of curriculum design. The school share their perspectives from senior and middle leadership on what has helped shape their thinking, including stakeholder engagement to drive their vision for Curriculum for Wales.

Sharing information with parents and carers

Ysgol Merllyn - case study on sharing information with parents and carers on learner progression

Case study on how Ysgol Merllyn, a primary school in Bagillt, Flintshire approaches sharing information on learner progression with parents and carers.

Ysgol Calon Cymru (Secondary) - Case study sharing information with parents and carers on learner progression throughout the school year

Case study on how Ysgol Calon Cymru, a  bilingual secondary comprehensive school with campuses in Builth Wells and Llandrindod Wells, Powys, approaches sharing information on learner progression with parents and carers.

Ysgol Min y Ddôl case study (Welsh only with English subtitles)

New case study films: curriculum, transition, assessment and progression

Even as the curriculum resource review work continues at pace, some great new material is being added. Jubilee Park Primary School describe their approach to transition. Fitzalan school explain their approach to curriculum design, progression, assessment, pupil progress meetings and quality assurance.

Jubilee Park Primary School

Developing our approach to transition at Jubilee Park Primary School.

Fitzalan High School (video 1)

How has curriculum design been developing at Fitzalan High School.

Fitzalan High School (video 2)

Developing a shared understanding of progression at Fitzalan High School.

Fitzalan High School (video 3)

Pupil progress meetings at Fitzalan High School.

Fitzalan High School (video 4)

Developing approaches to assessment at Fitzalan High School.

Fitzalan High School (video 5)

Developing quality assurance processes at Fitzalan High School.

Written case studies

A selection of written reflections from schools on their approaches to updating parents and carers on learner progress.

Assessment-related professional learning journeys

Gilwern Primary: Developing purposeful assessment in line with the Curriculum for Wales

Through this playlist, in line with the 'supporting learner progression: assessment guidance, Gilwern demonstrate how they aimed to ensure assessment was an ongoing process embedded in their day-to-day practice.

Glan Usk

This playlist will guide you through the bespoke activities Glan Usk used with staff and other stakeholders in order to refine their approach to assessment and progression.

Bishop Hedley

Bishop Hedley used three key elements when they considered how to drive improvement in their school. This included:

  • curriculum (what is taught and why)
  • assessment (success of learning and progression towards this) (slide 8)
  • pedagogy (techniques used to deliver the curriculum)

National professional enquiry project (NPEP)

Assessment and progression domain

This includes a range of schools sharing their experiences while taking part in the NPEP. These experiences could provide you with a helpful reference regarding: how you may wish to develop formative practice; communication/engagement with learners/parents and between learners; collaboration with other schools and transition; and understanding and planning for progression (within your school and across clusters).