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A New Curriculum for Wales


On 30th June 2015, the Minister for Education and Skills announced that the Welsh Government would accept, in full, all of the recommendations set out in Successful Futures, Professor Graham Donaldson’s review of the curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales.
Therefore a new Curriculum for Wales is coming that will enthuse learners from 3 to 16, giving them the foundations they need to succeed in an ever changing world.
This is a very exciting and challenging time for schools and young people in Wales.
A new curriculum for Wales will be developed with education professionals across Wales with the aim of it being available to settings and schools by September 2018.
Schools will have flexibility in determining how and when they begin first teaching of the new curriculum. The aim is that by 2022 settings and schools will be using the new curriculum to deliver teaching and learning for children and young people aged 3-16. A New Deal for the Education Workforce will equip education professionals to deliver the new curriculum.
4 Purposes
At the heart of the curriculum changes will be four core purposes. They are the starting point for all teacher planning. The curriculum content will be developed around pupils skills and need ensuring experiences are developed as part of the curriculum to support children and young people as they grow to be:
Ambitious, capable learners ready to learn throughout their lives
Enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
Ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
Healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
Key elements
The new curriculum will include:
6 Areas of Learning and Experience from 3 to 16
3 cross curriculum responsibilities: Literacy, numeracy and digital competence
Progression reference points at ages 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16
Achievement outcomes which describe expected achievements at each progression reference point.
The curriculum will be reorganised into 6 Areas of Learning and Experience:
Expressive Arts
Health and well-being
Humanities (including RE which should remain compulsory to age 16)
Languages, literacy and communication (including Welsh, which should remain compulsory to age 16, and modern foreign languages)
Mathematics and numeracy
Science and technology (including computer science)
Current suggested timeline
Below we set out the high level key milestones:
2015 2016: Pioneer Network established
2015 2018: Design and development phase of the new curriculum
July 2016: All New Deal Pioneer Schools will have developed their individual action plans
September 2016: Digital Competence Framework
2017 – 2021: Practical support to schools to prepare for the new curriculum
July 2018: Nationally, a consistent professional learning offer will be available to all practitioners across Wales
September 2018: New curriculum and assessment arrangements available
September 2021: New curriculum and assessment arrangements in place.
  1. A new curriculum for Wales