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A summary of the board's purpose and how it will work (revised June 2019).


Change Board provides strategic oversight of the programme of work outlined in 'Education in Wales: Our national mission' (the programme), with specific focus on 3 key areas of reform which are:

  • the curriculum
  • professional learning
  • accountability

The board is responsible for ratification of recommendations in respect of programme decisions. The board provides assurance on key issues and recommendations for decisions and on matters escalated from the programme’s operational Delivery Board.

Key tasks

The board will:

  • provide assurance on any issues/decisions on any matters escalated from the Delivery Board, and
  • consider headline reporting on the programme’s performance and via a programme report.

Roles and responsibilities

Board members are responsible for:

  • championing the programme and its delivery aims within their own organisation and with external organisations and stakeholders, and
  • cascading information, actions and decisions arising from Board meetings to the teams/organisations they represent

Frequency of meetings

The board normally meets bi-monthly, but meetings may be held more frequently if required. Where necessary, decisions can be made out of committee.


The board is serviced by the Welsh Government Education Directorate’s programme team.


Membership of Change Board includes senior representation at Managing Director/Chief Executive/Director level from the middle tier including local authorities, diocesan authorities, regional education consortia, Estyn, Qualifications Wales and the Education Workforce Council.


  • Estyn
  • Qualifications Wales
  • Association of Directors of Education in Wales
  • Central South Consortium (CSC)
  • Education Achievement Service (EAS)
  • Education through Regional Working (ERW)
  • North Wales consortium (GwE)
  • Education Workforce Council (EWC)
  • Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)
  • Universities Wales
  • Diocesan Directors of Education Wales
  • Colegau Cymru
  • Welsh Government - Education Directorate
  • Welsh Government - Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Welsh Government - Strategic Communications and Marketing for Education and Welsh Language
  • Independent Advisor – Professor Graham Donaldson
  • Independent Advisor – WAO Representative (to be confirmed)
  • National Academy for Educational Leadership (NAEL)