The SEF is the overarching policy framework that seeks to transform educational standards and provision in Wales through the next decade and beyond. It is Wales’ key policy for education reform and the one to which all other education policies are aligned.
Aims and objectives
Achieving better learning outcomes and wellbeing for all children and young people regardless of their socio economic background; and
Reducing the variation in learning outcomes within and between classrooms, schools and local authorities
The three national priorities on which the SEF is being focussed:
improved literacy levels;
improved numeracy levels; and
reducing the impact of poverty on educational attainment.
These national priorities will be supported by six key drivers of change:
using data effectively;
strengthening teaching and learning by developing a coherent national model which link together continuing professional development, performance management and professional standards;
strengthening distributed leadership within the schools and local authorities through customised and focused leadership development;
establishing professional learning communities within, between and across schools;
clarifying accountability for schools, governors, local authorities and WAG; and
building capacity at school, local and national level.
Over recent months, key partners have been working together to plan how we will make the SEF work in Wales. Our plan is outlined in the document, Developing a National System For Education In Wales by Embedding the School Effectiveness Framework.