Developing Schools as Learning Organisations in Wales

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Wales (United Kingdom) considers the development of schools as learning organisations as vital for supporting schools to put its new, 21st century curriculum into practice. A growing body of research evidence shows that schools that operate as learning organisations can react more quickly to changing external environments and embrace changes and innovations.

This report aims to support Wales in this effort, gauging the extent to which schools have put into practice the characteristics of learning organisations and identifying areas for further development. It also examines the system-level conditions that can enable or hinder schools in Wales in developing as learning organisations. It offers a number of concrete recommendations for consideration by the Welsh Government and other stakeholders at various levels of the system.

The report will be valuable not only for Wales, but also to the many countries that are looking to establish collaborative learning cultures across their school systems.



Realising schools as learning organisations in Wales

This chapter explores the question of how Wales can ensure the effective implementation – or “realisation” – of its schools as learning organisations (SLO) policy. Our main findings are that Wales should: 1) develop an easy-to-understand narrative explaining how Wales’ SLO model is part of the curriculum reform; 2) continue strengthening the capacity of regional consortia; 3) Estyn to continue monitoring the progress of consortia in enhancing their services; 4) enhance the collaboration and alignment between the development of assessment, evaluation and accountability arrangements, and the curriculum; 5) continue the SLO Implementation Group, while striving for greater policy coherence; and 6) expand the public dialogue generated by PISA results to align it to the ambitions of the new curriculum. The findings and recommendations of this report aim to inform the development of a national SLO implementation plan. This action plan should form an integrated part of the larger curriculum reform effort.


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