4. Case studies

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

Video case-studies

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 3-16 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.

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).