Yes and no – depends who you are!
The Importance of the Child in
Children and Young People are at the heart of policies in Wales, based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Specific Programme of Government relating to
Children and Young People
Support for children by supporting families including
Flying Start, Intensive Family Support and Families
Children’s Commissioner who protects and promotes rights and welfare of Children and Young people
Advocacy – including Children and Young People’s assembly a forum for their opinions to be voiced.
The Learning Country (2001) resulted in the parting of the ways with England after devolution
Outcomes of this vision
Abolition of SATS
The Foundation Phase for 3 to 7 year olds.
The Skills based curriculum for KS 2 and 3
Skills Framework (2008)
Pupils’ rights and needs at the core of education.
Education Section of the
Programme of Government
Help everyone reach their potential and improve economic and social well being
The programme developed from a speech made by former Education
Andrews in 2011
To improve literacy and numeracy standards
To reduce the impact of poverty on educational attainment
Funding available to schools to implement measures that impact on either or both of the priorities (SEG, WEG and PDG)
Support for teachers on a range of issues
Hwb – the all Wales Learning Platform
Learning Wales website
Literacy and Numeracy Framework – Planning across the curriculum and Annual National Testing of all pupils from Y2 to
A useful tool or a stick to beat schools with?
This is where we hit a brick wall….
The LNF defines the expected level of attainment for a year group
It allows for pupils to be working at a variety of levels both below and above their year group
BUT Expectations for Year 2 are equivalent to level 3 and for year 6 are level 5 – that this will be the new norm is the challenge for many pupils.
When schools report to parents about their child’s progress that they will give a narrative report on the strands of
Literacy and Numeracy.
And then there are the TESTS !
This is where the child does not seem to matter.
The Foundation Phase and The Skills based curriculum (2008) emphasise the need for collaboration, co-operation and communication through all phases of education. Skills of team work are paramount throughout.
Sit on your own
Don’t look at anyone else’s work
Don’t get up out of your seat to check the display or find your spelling book
Don’t ask your teacher or your friend
Complete and check the test but we won’t be going over it afterwards!
Extra time? maybe
Extra help? Scribe, computer , BUT no adjustment for language deficit
Dyslexia – too much on a page, constant turning back and forwards in the test booklet to read and answer questions
Disapplication? Does everyone have to do the tests?
Can’t test some pupils because it doesn’t measure progress for pupils working below age expectations
Doesn’t tell teachers anything new!
One of the major structures that has been put in place to measure school and pupil progress says that some children don’t matter in the testing process!
The process seems to be about measuring not evaluating progress
THE ONLY THING THAT SEEMS TO MATTER IS
DATA! If it can be measured numerically, it must matter if it can’t - it doesn’t
The LNF could be a really useful tool to aid progress -
BUT it should be STAGE NOT AGE - the fundamental of the Foundation Phase.