Back to the future? Reflections on three phases of education policy reform in Wales and their implications for teachers

Evans, Gareth (2021) Back to the future? Reflections on three phases of education policy reform in Wales and their implications for teachers. Journal of Educational Change, 23 (3). pp. 371-396. ISSN 1573-1812

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Abstract: Wales’ education system is part-way through an extensive journey of reform. This contextual paper explores the evolution of that journey, from the establishment of the Welsh Parliament in 1999 to late 2020, as Wales readies itself for the launch of a radical, new national curriculum. Drawing from a range of international literature and experience, it provides an overview of key policy developments and insight into the rationale for decisions taken by the Welsh Government to effect change. To do this, it separates reform into three core phases, each with its own characteristics borne out of landmark events that helped shape contemporary political and public discourse. In particular, the paper examines the impact of Wales’ shifting approach to policy development on the teaching workforce and considers implications for those at the site of practice. Ahead of forthcoming parliamentary elections, the paper resolves that a new, long-term approach to policy reform and teacher development is needed if Wales is to realise its ambitious vision for education.

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Additional Information: ** From Springer Nature via Jisc Publications Router ** History: registration 06-03-2021; accepted 06-03-2021; pub-electronic 23-03-2021; online 23-03-2021; pub-print 08-2022. ** Licence for this article:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Article, Accountability, Curriculum, Education policy, Professional learning, System reform, Teacher agency
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Teacher Education
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Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 12:46
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 12:16

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