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Examining education in Wales since Devolution

28 September 2007

A special issue of the Welsh Journal of Education dedicated to the impact of devolution on educational policies in Wales will be officially unveiled at Cardiff University next week.

A launch event for the publication will be held at the School of Social Sciences on Monday 1 October 2007, and attended by the Welsh Assembly’s Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Jane Hutt, along with academics and individuals from across the education sector in Wales.

This special issue of the journal presents a range of articles exploring issues such as the creation of the Welsh Baccalaureate, and proposals for the reform of teacher training in Wales, both of which have occurred in the decade since the National Assembly’s conception in 1997.

As well as offering an overview of the education system in Wales since devolution, contributors to the journal also make suggestions for future policy changes within the sector, and highlight the different ways that the success of educational policies can be measured.

Professor Richard Daugherty, Honorary Professor in the School of Social Sciences has edited the special issue. "In this issue of the journal we have brought together a wide range of examples of how education policies have been developed during the Assembly's first two terms," said Professor Daugherty.

"Articles from academics raise some interesting points and important themes. I’m delighted that the Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Jane Hutt, will attend the launch."

The Welsh Journal of Education is published by the University of Wales Press.


Notes to Editors:

1. Cardiff School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences encompasses teaching and research in social studies and education. Within social studies, the School has research interests in five main areas: criminology and criminal justice; health and medicine, knowledge and social change; modernity (time, risk, environment); and social welfare systems. Recent research includes investigation of drug use, white collar fraud, child welfare, domestic violence and European environmental policies. Many of the staff are international experts in their fields.

The School’s education programmes are aimed at students who are interested in the psychological, social and political dimensions of education, as well as those who are vocationally-orientated. Education-related degrees are recognised by the British Psychological Society for the Graduate Basis for Registration, which provides the basis for future training in psychology-related professions. At a postgraduate level, it offers a range of research and taught Masters schemes in education, in addition to the PGCE for teaching in Further Education.

The School’s research contributions in education management and policy; psychology of education and special educational needs; and post-compulsory education and training are internationally-recognised and are the foundation of its teaching programmes. In the independent government assessment of teaching quality, the School was awarded the highest, "Excellent" rating.

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, the School was awarded a Grade 5 Star rating for Education and a Grade 5 for Sociology, indicating research of international excellence.

2. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities. Visit the University website at:

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Further Information:

For more information, please contact:

Victoria Dando

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Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 879074