Cardiff Metropolitan University

ICS - UOA23 - Upskilling teachers to fundamentally transform the new “Curriculum for Wales” (CfW) in all state schools

Posted on 2023-05-22 - 14:49

Upskilling teachers to fundamentally transform the new “Curriculum for Wales” (CfW) in all state schools

This collection provides a full insight into this Impact Case Study, including the ICS that was submitted to REF2021, underpinning research, corroborating evidence and PR/media engagement. 

In 2022, Wales will implement a completely new curriculum in all its schools, affecting 468,383 pupils and allowing 22,000 teachers to design their own curricula within a national framework. In preparation, Cardiff Met’s research underpinned the upskilling of teachers to be change managing creative enquirers in 33 schools, impacting the professional practice of ~1,045 staff and the learning experience of ~14,900 pupils. Its success led to more than 300 additional schools embarking on the programme designed to facilitate the new curriculum. Cardiff Met’s original project lead for this programme has now been formally seconded to Welsh Government to develop a national strategy for education research.

For this case study, underpinning research outputs are provided below.   

References to the Underpinning Research:

  • Egan, D. and Grigg, R. (2017). ‘Professional Learning for Teachers in Wales’ Wales Journal of Education 19 (1) 1-16.
  • Bryant, A.S., Bolton, N., Fleming, S. (2016), Extracurricular sport and physical activity in Welsh secondary schools: Leisure lifestyles and young people, Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management, 2(2), 41-55.
  • Edwards, L. C., Bryant, A. S., Morgan, K., Cooper, S. & Keegan, R. J. (2019) A professional development program to enhance primary school teachers’ knowledge and operationalization of physical literacy, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 38, 126-135.
  • Aldous, D., and Brown, D. (2010) Framing bodies of knowledge within the 'acoustics' of the school: exploring pedagogical transition through newly qualified Physical Education teacher experiences, Sport Education and Society, 15,4,411-429.
  • Loudon, G.H. and Deininger, G.M. (2014) A new model for supporting creativity in research organisations, R&D Management Conference, 3rd – 6th June, Stuttgart.
  • Gordon, B., Loudon, G. & Gill, S. (2019) Product user testing: The void between Laboratory testing and field testing, IASDR Conference Prroceedings, Manchester, Sept.

  *Bold denotes Cardiff Met staff members named in the REF2021 ICS 


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For an article about this ICS on Cardiff Met's webpage, please follow this link:


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