Yr Athrofa – the Institute of Education

Yr Athrofa – the Institute of Education – is a coalition of international leaders of education working to transform education and transform lives in Wales. Established by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Yr Athrofa has three component parts – A Professional Learning Partnership, Centres of Research and Innovation and the Wales Education Commission – that build on the proud history of of teacher education in South West Wales.

Yr Athrofa teaches, researches, reflects and analyses, and looks forward to playing a full and active role in the future development of education in Wales.

Languages, Literacy and Communication is one of Yr Athrofa’s Centres of Research and Innovation and its work grows from a long tradition of research and practice in the field of languages at UWTSD. Taking our cue from Successful Futures, the framework for a new school curriculum for Wales, we are working towards redefining the way we look at language. Our research interests include:

  • developing more effective pedagogies across all languages offered in the curriculum;
  • developing a better understanding of how teachers influence the language acquisition of pupils;
  • analysing the impact of whole-school strategies on pupils’ literacy;
  • exploring the link between language learning and social inclusion through a shared cultural understanding;
  • developing more rewarding and ambitious assessment procedures, where proficiency is viewed more as a ‘path’ along which speakers can move forwards and backwards rather than a rigid milestone;
  • bringing about a change in attitudes towards language learning and teaching;
  • developing effective methods to prepare the teaching workforce to meet the challenge.