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Task and Finish Group on 8-14 Education Provision in Wales: First Stage Report

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This report sets out the recommendations of the Task and Finish Group, chaired by Professor David Egan, University of Wales Institute Cardiff. The group was tasked with considering the educational experience of 8 to 14 year olds, including their transition from primary to secondary education.

In December 2007, the Independent Webb Review on Further Education in Wales recommended that the Welsh Assembly Government should commission an independent and wide-ranging review of 11-16 education.

Whilst accepting this recommendation in principle, the Assembly decided that it would be more appropriate to review the educational experience of 8 to 14 year olds.

This approach was considered to be a better fit with the ongoing development of the Foundation Phase (for 3-7 year olds) and 14-19 Learning Pathways in Wales.

In February 2009, Professor David Egan of the University of Wales Institute Cardiff agreed to chair the Task and Finish Group. After other members, representing a broad range of educational interests,  were appointed to the Group, it began its work in March 2009.

This document outlines the first stage report from the Group. Its key recommendation is that, in Wales, 8-14 should be designated as a discrete phase for education, underpinned by a distinct and coherent educational philosophy.