Cardiff 2030: New vision for Education in Cardiff is officially launched

A new vision for Education and Learning in Cardiff was officially launched yesterday, (Tuesday 19 November) at City Hall.

‘Cardiff 2030 - A ten year vision for a Capital City of Learning & Opportunity'builds on the progress and achievements which have been accomplished across the city's education system over the last five years, since the launch of Cardiff 2020. It will aim to continue these improvements with a broader scope and greater ambition for learning in Cardiff for the future, embracing learning beyond formal statutory schooling.It also puts the welfare of children at the heart of the city, recognising that the outcomes for children are also shaped outside of school. 

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The launch event brought together children and young people, school leaders, governors, teachers and partners from across the city to celebrate the success of Cardiff 2020, and to share aspirations for the future.

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There was a marketplace of best practice in relation to the themes and goals of the vision, two seminars delivered by Professor Mick Waters, and a plenary hosted by children and young people.

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Glan Y Afon choir provide music.

During the event, Springwood Nursery School was announced as the winner of a competition which asked children and young people to produce a creative piece of work that brings to life how they would like Education in Cardiff to look and feel by 2030. They won first prize for their  Vision of the Future film. Runners up includedHowardian Primary School, Whitchurch Primary School, The Hollies Special School and Fitzalan High School.

Citywide partnership and Children's rights are key to Cardiff 2030, recognising that Education is Everybody's Business and that Cardiff is aspiring to be a UNICEF Child Friendly City. It sets out an ambitious vision, underpinned by two themes, five goals and priority commitments.


  • A shared responsibility for education and learning across the city;
  • Meaningful participation of children and young people;


  1. A Learning Entitlement
  2. Learners' health and wellbeing
  3. Realising the Curriculum for Wales 2022 in Cardiff
  4. A world class education workforce
  5. High quality learning environments

A Cardiff Council spokesperson said: "Cardiff 2030has been developed to both build on the significant progress made since the launch of Cardiff 2020, and to articulate ambitions for the next phase of change. Many aspects of the education system in 2030 will look very different, and significant innovation is needed to ensure that education in Cardiff serves all of our learners and responds to societal, economic and technological change.

"Education in Cardiff is at the forefront of priorities for the city and contributes to driving forward Cardiff's economy and making the city a great place in which to live, work, study and visit. There has been a continued focus on improving and investing in education and helping young people, particularly those from disadvantaged and deprived communities, into employment, education or training.

"Delivering for every child from every walk of life is hugely important, and Cardiff 2030 supports Cardiff's commitment to becoming aChild Friendly City, which puts young people at the heart of decision making and which respects the voices, needs and rights of all children and young people."

The development ofCardiff 2030follows extensive stakeholder engagement with a range of partners including children and young people, teachers and school leaders, governors and a wide range of city partners.