WJEC (exam board)
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The WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee) (Welsh: CBAC) is an examination board that provides examinations, assessment, professional development, educational resources, support for adults who wish to learn Welsh and access to youth arts activities. It provides examinations throughout Wales, England and Northern Ireland.
WJEC was established in 1948 as a consortium of Welsh Local Education Authorities, replacing the Central Welsh Board. It is now a registered charity, and a company limited by guarantee, whose trustees are drawn from the 22 local authorities in Wales and based in Cardiff. A subsidiary company, WJEC CBAC Services Limited, provides specialist printing and publication services. WJEC is run by a Board of Directors and Trustees, with representatives drawn from the 22 local authorities in Wales.
In 2007, after a three-year pilot, the Welsh Baccalaureate was introduced as part of their portfolio. This qualification is available to schools in Wales at Intermediate or Advanced levels, and is being piloted at Foundation level. The Welsh Baccalaureate offers a programme of study incorporating working with employers, community activities, individual investigations and key skills, as well as students’ GCSEs, GNVQs or A level studies.
They also provide a suite of examinations specifically designed for adults who wish to learn Welsh.
WJEC runs a programme of professional development with their subject specialists and Chief or Principal Examiners. Day-long in-service training is provided at hotels and conference centres throughout England and Wales. WJEC also provides professional development courses for teachers of Welsh at primary and secondary level, and for those teaching subjects through the medium of Welsh. This service is available under the National Welsh INSET (In-Service Training) Programmes.
WJEC manages the National Grid for Learning Cymru, which provides free online teaching resources in English and Welsh through its interactive website.
National Youth Arts Wales
As part of an agreement between WJEC and local authorities in Wales, WJEC manages the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and National Youth Theatre of Wales. These are part of National Youth Arts Wales, supported by WJEC in partnership with the Welsh Amateur Music Federation.
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