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New qualifications

This report is in response to a request in the Cabinet Secretary’s annual remit letter to Estyn for 2017-2018. It provides an overview on how schools and colleges are planning and implementing their curriculum after the introduction of the new GCSEs in English language, Welsh language, mathematics, mathematics-numeracy, and the Welsh Baccalaureate. Read more >

Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification provision at level 3 in secondary schools - July 2012

The report evaluates the quality of Welsh Baccalaureate provision at level 3 in secondary schools, identifies case studies of good practice and provides recommendations for improvement. Read more >

The Welsh Baccalaureate in key stage 4 - May 2008

Schools that teach the Welsh Baccalaureate to all pupils in key stage 4 have found it easier to implement than those schools who teach it to selected groups of pupils. In general, schools feel that the programme is less complicated to introduce at key stage 4 than in post-16. In schools where planning for the Welsh Baccalaureate is effective, they view the programme as a means to meet other curricular requirements rather than as an additional burden. In most of the schools we surveyed, the teaching of the programme is good overall. However, planning to meet the needs of learners of different abilities was only effective in a few lessons. Read more >