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This report articulates the theory, assumptions and evidence underpinning the curriculum and assessment reforms and sets out recommendations for a robust monitoring and evaluation programme.

A key focus of the report is the theory of change, which explains how the process of reform is intended to achieve its aims and objectives, by making explicit the expected inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes and impacts, as well as the assumed links between them.

The report presents the research and evaluation questions that the Welsh Government should ask in order to explore the extent to which the mechanisms in the theory of change are happening as expected.

The authors recommend a comprehensive suite of studies which, collectively, enable an examination of the progress and impact of the curriculum reforms over time. Nine studies are proposed, some of which emphasise a broad and long examination of the success of the curriculum reforms, and several that recognise the importance of in-depth investigation of more focused aspects of the work.

The Welsh Government has considered the recommendations and published a response.


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