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NUT welcomes newly announced curriculum reforms

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has welcomed the Welsh Education Minister, Huw Lewis's reforms of the curriculum.

We welcome the fact the Education Minister has accepted the principles of the Donaldson review in full. We also welcome the very sensible approach the Minister has taken in not setting unrealistic timescales for implementation.

The proposals are a radical departure from how the curriculum has been delivered in the past and will require a major change, not only in how the teaching profession go about their work, but also in how local authorities, regional consortia, Estyn and the Welsh Government act.

– Owen hathway, NUT Cymru
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Education Minister confirms curriculum overhaul

The Education Minister has confirmed that Wales will press ahead will plans to overhaul the school curriculum here.

Proposals include making digital skills a priority, giving teachers more freedom, and making smoother transitions between subjects and year groups.

Huw Lewis told Assembly Members this afternoon he will accept the recommendations from Prof Graham Donaldson's report in full.

Education Minister Huw Lewis has not put a timescale on implementing curriculum changes.

We need a curriculum which is ambitious, engaging and fit for the challenges of the twenty first century.

The national curriculum of 1988 has served an important purpose, but we can no longer address the weaknesses of the current curriculum through a 'patch and mend' approach.

– Huw Lewis, Education Minister

He announced a search for pioneer schools who will help shape the new curriculum, and an Independent Advisory Group that will oversee progress.

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Man called police asking for bedroom light to be switched off

Police were also called about a plane ticket cancellation Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Fearing for the life of a rabbit on a main road and a complaint about Air France cancelling a flight ticket weren’t reasons to call police on 999, officers warned this afternoon.

One time-waster rang North Wales police on the emergency line from a layby on the A55 dual carriageway about the wild rabbit.

A Bangor man who wanted his bedroom light switching off and a woman with sunburned feet also misused 999 to contact the Welsh ambulance service.

Details were made public when police, ambulance and fire services in North Wales launched a campaign to reduce unnecessary calls to them.

Appeal to find missing man from Newtown

Darren Carl Griffiths Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

Police are appealing for information to help find Darren Carl Griffiths.

The 54-year-old from Newtown was last seen on Wednesday, June 24.

He is described as tall, of stocky build, with tanned skin and dark, thinning hair. He has a moustache and numerous tattoos on his arms and neck, including a tattoo on his arm, which says ‘Tracy’.

If anyone has seen Mr Griffiths or knows where he is please contact police immediately on 101.

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