Step up to the Welsh Bac


St Illtyd’s School in Cardiff has laid the foundation for the Welsh Baccalaureate by introducing ASDAN’s Key Steps programme for every pupil across years 7, 8 and 9.

The school had already successfully implemented CoPE Level 2 but wanted to widen pupil involvement in ASDAN throughout the school. In particular, their aim was to use ASDAN’s methodology to help learners become more independent in the way they engaged with tasks and resources.

Pupils work on Key Steps for one lesson a fortnight, together with extra-curricular challenges and whole-school focus activities. In addition, the Bronze Personal Development Programme has been integrated into the Key Stage 4 curriculum, initially to concentrate on communication and number handling skills which supports pupils’ literacy and numeracy work in other subjects.

The school reports that staff are now more confident in preparing, delivering and assessing individualised assignments and skills. Also, St Illtyd’s pupils are maturing as responsible thinkers who are keen to engage with a range of learning activities, thanks in part to their experience with ASDAN.