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Latest News Updates

  • Pioneer schools for the new Wales Curriculum are to start work on the 6 Areas of Learning and Experience in January 2017. Despite the work being some 10 months behind the original schedule, the deadline of September 2018 for documents to be available to all schools is still Welsh Government's intention.
  • Welsh education secretary Kirsty Williams announces a £5 Million funding pot to ensure all schools are able to access superfast broadband.
  • Alun Cairns has announced that the new Wales Bill will see control over teachers' pay and conditions being devolved to the Welsh Assembly.
  • Estyn has made it clear they will be inspecting and reporting on standards of ICT across the curriculum in all cases not just in exceptional cases, as they have done up until now. Read our DCF section below for details on what this means for you.
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Estyn and inspection of the Digital Framework

From September 2016 there were several changes to the way in which Estyn inspect schools, but one that seems to have slipped under the radar of most schools is the change to the inspection and reporting of ICT. Estyn have reiterated their focus on inspecting ICT across the curriculum. but they will now also be reporting on standards of ICT across the curriculum whatever the quality. Estyn have also decided that; "the agreed approach to inspecting ICT is to base our inspection on the coverage of the ICT orders in other subjects." This will cover two strands from the ICT subject orders, namely;

  • find and analyse information, and
  • create and communicate information.

The rationale behind this is that these ICT subject order skills closely replicate the 2 corresponding ICT skills from the non statutory Skills Framework.

Estyn reports are already appearing that include judgements regarding standards of ICT. Teachers of ICT will also be aware that the two strands above from the subject orders in fact cover all bar one of the digital skills from the Digital Competence Framework. So, schools would be wise to use the DCF to teach ICT across the curriculum in line with Estyn inspection expectations, thereby preparing for when the Digital Competence Framework becomes statutory for all schools and settings and ensuring that the required ICT skills are being taught effectively across all subjects. No date has been officially given for the DCF to become statutory but it is widely believed that it will follow the same process as the LNF and will become statutory in September 2018 alongside the introduction of the new draft curriculum documents.

To find out exactly what kinds of activities and learning inspectors are going to be looking for click here for the Supplementary Guidance for the Inspection of ICT in Schools 2016 document. To access our handy mapping document in the picture above that shows the progression of ICT skills from FP to KS3 and the links with the DCF email us at

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