Engaging with the Welsh Baccalaureate
‘This was a significant visit for our students (they’re still talking about it now, nearly two months later!). Our students will never forget it. Not ever!’
- Teacher, Flintshire
In 2012 Engage Cymru ran two CPD training seminars, hosted jointly by the National Museum Cardiff and Artes Mundi, and Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno which focused on how galleries can contribute to the Welsh Baccalaureate (WBQ) by offering relevant programmes and activities. The seminars included presentations by Welsh Joint Education Committee Welsh Baccalaureate Coordinators and White Rook Projects. The seminars helped gallery staff and artists to understand how to adapt existing education programmes and make them relevant to the WBQ curriculum.
Presentations (ppt format)
- Working with Cultural Heritage Organisations - Robin Clutterbuck
- Galleries and the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification: Providing - Opportunities for Learning
- WBQ website
English and Welsh versions of MLA Good Practice Guidelines for working with WBQ centres. Although these were produced primarily with MLAs in mind, they do include useful case studies, including one with the Artes Mundi at the National Museum, Cardiff:
- MLA WBQ Good Practice Guide (PDF, English)
- MLA WBQ Good Practice Guide (PDF, Cymraeg)
During 2013-2014 Engage Cymru worked in partnership with six North Wales local authorities, galleries and arts venues to pilot short interventions and approaches to supporting delivery of key components of the WBQ, and in particular Wales Europe and the World, Personal and Social Education and Personal Investigation. Some of the schools who participated were Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones, Anglesey; Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Denbighshire; Ysgol Bryn Elian, Conwy and Ysgol Bryn Alyn High School, Wrexham. This pilot was inspired by the CyMAL funded WBQ pilots with Museums, Libraries and Archives several years ago.
In July 2014 a sharing event was held at Oriel Mostyn to disseminate the findings and outcomes of the pilots and explore further how galleries and arts venues can work with Welsh Baccalaureate centres in the future.
Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Pilot Project Evaluation Report (English)
Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Pilot Project Evaluation Report (Cymraeg)