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Seminar sows seeds of a positive future for Welsh students

28 March 2014

Experts from the Welsh education sector came together on Tuesday (25 March) for a special seminar organised by NFER Cymru to discuss how leading voices in policy, practice and research can work together to move things forward for young people in Wales.

Held at the Temple of Peace and Health, in the heart of Cardiff’s political and academic district, the event was introduced by NFER Chief Executive Carole Willis and featured a keynote address from Owen Evans, Director General of the Department for Education and Skills at the Welsh Government.

Fiona Walker, Head of Evaluation and Consultancy at NFER, welcomed delegates to the WCIA’s Marble Hall for a series of presentations by experts from NFER’s research teams. Senior Research Manager Robert Smith, from NFER Cymru, offered some answers to the question ‘What is the core of supporting school improvement?’, while Tami McCrone and Liz Phillips were joined by representatives from Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Cwm Rhymni to talk about supporting student engagement.

Attention then turned to assessment, with a presentation from NFER Head of Assessment Liz Twist and NFER Cymru Senior Researcher Jane Nicholas on ‘Using the national tests to inform teaching and learning’, which included a contribution from Marshfield Primary School in Castleton, Cardiff.

Fiona Walker commented: “We were delighted to share some of our recent research with this key audience and to hear what their issues and concerns are. Our plan is to continue these discussions to see what and how NFER can help.”

You can download presentations from the seminar here.

See also:
Blog post by NFER Cymru researcher Liz Phillips, Educational attainment in Wales: time to face the challenge.