Education



Sut ddylem ni addysgu Cymraeg mewn ysgolion?

Posted on 1 May 2020 by Kevin Smith

Mae hwn yn “gofnod gwestai” arbennig gan fy ffrind da a chydweithiwr, Dr Mirain Rhys, darlithydd mewn Seicoleg ym Mhrifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd. Yn y cofnod hwn, mae’n trafod ymchwil y mae hi a minnau wedi’i wneud i ddeall profiadau disgyblion yn dysgu Cymraeg fel ail iaith. Cyn fy swydd bresennol, gweithiais ar ‘Astudiaeth Aml-gohort WISERDEducation’
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How Should We Teach Welsh in School?

Posted on 1 May 2020 by Kevin Smith

This is a special “guest post” from my good friend and colleague Dr Mirain Rhys, a lecturer in Psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. In this post, she discusses research she and I have undertaken in understanding pupils’ experiences learning Welsh as a second language.  Prior to my current position at Cardiff Met, I worked as a
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Curriculum Theory & Theorising

Posted on 17 April 2020 by Kevin Smith

Education in Wales is currently undergoing a remarkable period of reform, with one key element being the creation of a national curriculum framework. Educators from across Wales, many fatigued by the instability caused by decades of poor educational policy development and implementation, laboured together in undertaking this work. There is much to celebrate regarding these
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Global Citizens or Cosmopolitans?

Posted on 23 December 2019 by Kevin Smith

This post relates to a previous post inspired by Mr Mock at Risca Comprehensive School and his passion for the Welsh Dimension and International Perspective of the new curriculum for Wales. Successful Futures was published roughly around the time I was conducting research on the effectiveness of the Curriculum Cymreig and how pupils’ perceptions of
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Curriculum & Culture: How should we teach Welshness?

Posted on 16 December 2019 by Kevin Smith

Recently, I spoke at the “What’s Next? A discussion about the next steps in education in Wales?” event organised by Mrs Rebekah Bawler (@RCCS_MissBawler) and colleagues at Risca Comprehensive School (@RiscaCCS), along with Mr Norman from Willows High School (@WillowsMrNorman), Mr Barri Mock (@RCCS_MrMock) and Miss Coran Jones (@RCCS_MissCJones) from Risca Comprehensive and Dave Stacey
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Teacher Demoralization

Posted on 23 September 2019 by Kevin Smith

As teachers are placed under greater levels of scrutiny and “accountability,” there are less and less opportunities to discuss the values, beliefs and philosophical considerations of teaching that serve as the foundation for their practice and sense of purpose in their work.
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My dad and I assembling the Millennium Falcon, 19, Dec. 1980

Suicide Prevention and School

Posted on 9 September 2019 by Kevin Smith

Suicide and self-harm are a growing problem among young people. This post discusses research with pupils in Wales regarding their sense of happiness, self-esteem and sense of self, as well as the importance of addressing mental health and well-being in school curricula
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