Welsh Govt announces school curriculum review

Wales' Education Minister has announced an independent and 'wide-ranging' review of the National Curriculum and assessment in schools.

NUT welcomes school curriculum review

The National Union of Teachers has welcomed the Welsh Government's announcement of a comprehensive review of the school curriculum and assessment.

It is positive that the Welsh Government have opted to have an independent review that will hopefully draw on the expertise of the teaching profession as a key stakeholder in this work.

It is also encouraging that the review will be looking at the curriculum from the Foundation Phase all the way through to key stage 4. This holistic approach is vitally important as you simply cannot look at any one aspect of the curriculum in isolation.

Getting this right is essential to creating a tool that teachers can interact with and utilise at a school level.

If the national curriculum has the support of the profession it can be a very powerful driver in creating innovative and engaging lessons that bring out the best in students. NUT Cymru look forward to providing evidence to this review.

– Owen Hathway, Wales Policy Officer

Welsh Govt review of school curriculum and testing

The Welsh Government has announced a "comprehensive, wide-ranging, review of the National Curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales."

The review will be led by Professor Graham Donaldson, who has played a key role in curriculum reforms in Scotland, and is due to report by the end of this year.

The Welsh Government says it wants a distinct curriculum for Wales. Credit: PA

The Welsh Government says his work will complement its recent consultation on strengthening the teaching of literacy and numeracy in the Welsh curriculum.

Education Minister Huw Lewis said: "I want to see the development of a distinct Curriculum for Wales. This is a real opportunity to develop a rigorous and robust curriculum for our students here in Wales."

"A programme of learning which supports them to think, do prosper, adapt and most importantly succeed in life."

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