Qualifications for learners, shaped by learners

We want learners to take part in the national conversation on the future of qualifications, reshaping of GCSEs and the wider offer for 14 to 16-year-olds.

With the new curriculum coming to Wales in September 2022, we are in the process of reimagining GCSEs to help support the new curriculum.

We are looking to co-create these qualifications with teachers, subject experts, employers and ultimately, learners. We want to hear from learners from year 5 to those in Higher Education so that they can help shape future qualifications according to their experience, knowledge and aspirations.

Why do we need learners’ views?

The views gathered will inform decision-making on the new qualifications that will be ready from 2025.
It is important that as many learners from across Wales as possible are involved in the co-construction of qualifications, so that we can deliver what learners need to succeed.

A wide range of views and experiences

We want to hear from as wide a range of learners as possible, across Home Education, secondary schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRU), FE colleges, independent schools and Higher Education (HE).

Work done to date

Together with Practice Solutions, who are experienced in working with young people, we ran a series of facilitated focus groups with learners from Key Stage 2 to those in Further Education (FE) and Work-Based Learning (WBL) until Friday 29 April.

The focus groups were tailored to different age groups and took place in both Welsh and English settings, held virtually and in-person.

Learners also shared their views by completing our short online survey. It took around five minutes to complete and could be filled out completely anonymously. We didn’t trace responses to any individuals.

The survey closed on Wednesday 18 May, 5pm.

What happens next?

Now the focus groups are complete and the online survey has closed, we will review the feedback. When reporting on the findings this autumn, we’ll explain how proposals for the new qualifications reflect what learners have said.

Keep an eye on our social media channels (Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram) and website for further updates.