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Belonging, engaging, participating: Learning in Wales after Covid
Secondary Headteacher Conference

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All Nations Centre, Cardiff



9:30am            Registration and marketplace open


10:30am          Welcome and introduction to the day Anna Brychan, Acting Assistant Dean & Director                            of the Centre for Career Learning & Leadership, UWTSD and Chantelle Haughton,                                       National Teaching Fellow NTF, Cardiff Met & DARPL Director


10:40am          Minister for Education and Welsh Language


10:55am          In conversation with the Minister

11:30am          Coffee, comfort break, and move to workshop


11:40am          Workshop 1


  1. How can we best prepare young people for their next steps at 16 under Curriculum for Wales: 14-16 learning policy. Sharing good practice in advance of consultation. (Alun Jones)

  2. How can the curriculum ensure learning is inclusive, interesting, and relevant while also raising expectations? (Edward Jones, Pencoed Comprehensive, Bethan Moore, Crownbridge Special School)

  3. Family engagement: Readiness to learn, anxiety and reengagement (Suzanne Sarjeant; Treorchy Comprehensive School)

  4. ALN is everyone’s responsibility. Effective practice in identifying and responding to learners with ALN (Helen Smith; Huw Davies, Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni)

  5. Supporting headteacher well-being (Tegwen Ellis, Dr Chris Lewis, Nia Miles, NAEL)


12:30pm          Workshop 2


1:20pm            Lunch and networking, marketplace


2:15pm            In conversation with…discussion on the challenges and opportunities

                          for the year to come

  • Owen Evans, His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales, Estyn

  • Emyr George, Director of Qualifications Policy and Reform, Qualifications Wales

  • Helen Morgan-Rees, Director of Education, Swansea Council

  •  Simon Pirotte, Chief Executive, Commission for Tertiary Education and Research (CETR)


3:00pm            Close


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Take Aways

From September 2024, Estyn will be introducing new inspection arrangements for education providers in Wales. Find out more here:

Inspecting for the future (2024–2030) | Estyn (

On 12 October 2023, Estyn launched the sector summaries as part of the HMCI’s Annual report. An overview of key messages for each of the sectors Estyn inspect are being shared ahead of the full Annual Report which will be published on 31 January next year.


The summaries highlight what’s going well and what needs to improve for each sector and list sector specific recommendations as well as questions to help providers reflect on their practice.


Sector summaries:

Inspecting for the future (2024–2030) | Estyn (

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