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Our new assessment frameworks for the Curriculum for Wales are almost here!

Since the release of the Curriculum for Wales being introduced 2022, we have been working hard to create our new frameworks. Our frameworks reflect the four purposes and the statements of what matters

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Curriculum for Wales 2022

Our new Welsh Progression Steps Frameworks are almost ready for the new Curriculum for Wales being introduced in 2022. With such big changes we feel it is important we work with our schools to develop frameworks that support the new curriculum. We will begin trialling our Welsh Progression Steps in January 2021.

In 2016 we launched our first assessment products designed specifically for the Welsh curriculum. Over 150 schools in Wales already use our assessment software for pupils with ALN. The launch of our new Welsh Progression Steps lets schools assess using a framework linked to the curriculum they will be using.

Our assessments are currently only available in English. We are looking at translating the content into Welsh and adding the Welsh aspect to the curriculum breakdowns. If you are interested in our assessments in Welsh, please contact us to register your interest.

 

Areas of Learning and Experience

The new Curriculum for Wales has 6 areas of learning and experience:

  • Expressive Arts
  • Health and Well-being
  • Humanities
  • Language, Literacy and Communication
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Science and Technology

These new broader areas cover a wide range of subjects within. Our assessment content reflects the organisation of these areas. It has been developed with the statements of what matters, the principles of progression and the description of learning. It was not easy!

 

Four Purposes

The four purposes are a fundamental part of the new curriculum. They should be the starting point and aspiration for schools’ curriculum design. Ultimately, the aim of a school’s curriculum is to support its learners to become:

  • ambitious, capable learners (ACL), ready to learn throughout their lives
  • enterprising, creative contributors (ECC), ready to play a full part in life and work
  • ethical, informed citizens (EIC) of Wales and the world
  • healthy, confident individuals (HCI), ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

These four purposes will be used when schools are thinking about how their curriculum should look, how topics should be introduced and the opportunites the children are given. There is no need to assess against these four purposes, but it will be important to demonstrate how you are supporting your students to fulfill these 4 purposes. The four purposes are built into Evisense, our evidence for learning platform that schools in Wales can use to build e-portfolios for their children. Schools can use Evisense to showcase the opportunites they are giving their children around the four purposes.

For more information on Evisense, e-portfolios and the four purposes, visit our Evisense website - www.evisense.com/wales

 

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Welsh Progression Steps

We launched our Progression Steps in 2018, in response to the changes to the English curriculum. The new welsh curriculum uses the same name for their levels. We will refer to our assessment frameworks for wales as the  Welsh Progression Steps (WPS) to avoid confusion where we can.

The new Curriculum for Wales is for all students aged 3 to 16 and has been created following the Donaldson report. It introduces new concepts and uses a brand new levelling structure called (Welsh) Progression Steps. The Welsh Progression Steps covers the typical developmental range for students aged 3 to 16 years old. The button below compares the new Welsh Progression Steps with the old P Levels and National Curriculum Levels, the Welsh Foundation Phase, the Routes for Learning (RfL) and the typical development for children in different year groups.




 

Assessment Designed for ALN

Smaller Steps

We recognise the small steps of progress pupils with ALN make. We have split each Welsh Progression Step into smaller levels. Pupils working around age related expectations will make progress that can be easily measured, but for pupils with ALN, this won't be the case. Welsh Progression Step 1 covers 2 years of crucial development. Welsh Progression Step 2 covers 3 years of development. Schools need to be able to demonstrate the small steps of progress pupils with ALN make and for pupils with ALN, these 2 or 3 years of development could take 6 years or longer.

Broad Areas

Some of the areas like Expressing Ourselves within Languages, Literacy and Communication covers a really wide range of skills. Within this area are all the skills around developing speech and writing. There are lots of key milestones within these areas. We have taken the decision to split some of these broad areas into smaller areas so that schools can identify and demonstrate where pupils are making progress and where they aren't.

Spiky Profiles

The Curriculum for Wales not only recognises pupils progress at different rates, it also recognises that within one subject a pupil might be working across multiple Welsh Progression Steps. Schools need to support development in different areas at different levels, so that the child is supported to develop across all areas, not just the areas that they are struggling with.

Pre-Progression Steps

Our Welsh Progression Steps covers the typical development stages of children aged 3 years and above. In terms of P Levels, this will be pupils working on P7 and above. This will be suitable for the majority of chilren, but there are a large number of children who will be working below this level. We are currently investigating how we should assess progress for pupils working below this level. We are looking at the Routes for Learning, the ABC Steps and our work with schools in England and Scotland. We will begin work on this early in 2021.

E-Portfolios

The new Curriculum for Wales wants all children to have an e-portfolio as a way of demonstrating the progress pupils have made as well as all the experiences they have had. Evisense is an ideal candidate as it links directly to our new assessment frameworks for the 2022 Curriculum for Wales. Wales is the first country in the UK to really push e-portfolios. They are a great way to share with parents what is going on in school.

For more information on Evisense, e-portfolios and the four purposes, visit our Evisense website -  www.evisense.com/wales

 

Want to learn more about our products for schools in Wales?

Arrange a FREE online meeting to find out how our assessment frameworks works with the Welsh curriculum

 

 

 

Want to Find out More?

Book an online meeting using one of the buttons on this page or click here to download our  Welsh Assessment Order Form, or contact our sales team for more information on our products for Primary schools by emailing  sales@bsquared.co.uk or phoning 01252 870133