The status of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification

 

The Children, Young People and Education Committee conducted an inquiry into the revised Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification that was introduced for teaching from September 2015. The Committee looked at the qualification at Key Stage 4 and post-16.

 

The inquiry focussed specifically on:

 

·         The extent to which the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is understood and valued by learners, parents, education professionals in schools and colleges, higher education institutions and employers;

·         The extent to which the Welsh Baccalaureate is considered by learners, education professionals in schools and colleges, employers and higher education to be an equivalent, rigorous qualification;

·         The status of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification in schools and colleges, including the Welsh Government’s target for universal adoption and the potential impact of this approach;

·         The wider impact of studying the Welsh Baccalaureate on other curriculum subjects and education provision;

 

The benefits and disadvantages of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification to learners, schools and colleges, higher education institutions and employers.

 

Evidence gathering

A summary of the survey results with young people and parents/guardians (PDF 386KB)

A short video summarising the survey results is also available

A summary of the dialogue discussion with employers (PDF 83KB)

A summary of the survey results from Higher Education Institutions (PDF 114KB)

Note from the stakeholder event on 26 September 2018 (PDF 116KB)

Note from the school visits on 4 October 2018 (PDF 172KB)

 

 

Report

Bacc to the Future: The status of the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification (PDF 735KB)

During the launch event for this report a video summarising the views from young people and stakeholders was shown.

 

Welsh Government response (PDF 409KB) to the Committee’s report.

Qualifications Wales response (PDF 141KB) to the Committee’s report.

 

Plenary debate

The Plenary debate on the Committee’s report took place on 3 July 2019.

 

 

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 20/06/2018

Documents

Consultations