Implementing improved educational and school standards in Wales

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I have commented before on the problems Welsh schools have in achieving decent standards for their students, and of how ESDGC seems irrelevant to this, despite research evidence to the contrary, and the high-profile focus on sustainable development as a policy goal within the Principality.  So, it's no surprise that there's to be a Welsh Policy Forum devoted to improving standards – and even less of a surprise that there's no mention of ESDGC in this.

The blurb for the event goes:

We are delighted that Ann Keane HMIC, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales, Estyn; Julie Morgan AM, Member, Children and Young People Committee, National Assembly for Wales and Professor David Reynolds, Professor of Education, University of Southampton have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

Further speakers include: Steve Beswick, Director of Education, Microsoft UK; Anna Brychan, Director, NAHT Cymru; Ian Budd, Chairman, Association of Directors of Education in Wales (ADEW) and Director of Lifelong Learning, Flintshire County Council; Darren Evans, Wales Reporter, TES; Eifion Evans, Director, Education and Community Services, Ceredigion County Council; Owen Hathway, Wales Policy Officer, NUT; Janet Hayward, Headteacher, Cadoxton Primary School, Barry and Chair, Digital Classroom Teaching Task and Finish Group; Michael Imperato, Solicitor, New Law Solicitors; Greg Morgan, Associate School Improvement Officer, Carmarthenshire County Council; Jane Morris, Director, Governors Wales and Dr Brett Pugh, Head, School Standards Unit, Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Welsh Government.

All this in 4 hours, so the Forum's preferred pedagogy is clear.  You pays your £190 and sits and listens – but it is CPD accredited!

Anyway, I don't really see how you can "implement" improved standards.  Surely, standards will be improved by an intervention or change process.  Implementing suggests that you sort the standards out, and then implement them.

So, poor English or muddled thinking?  A sympton of the wider problem, perhaps.  Maybe it makes more sense in Welsh.

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