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More school inspections to ensure new curriculum standards met

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More inspections will take place in schools by Wales’ education inspectorate to support the roll out of the new curriculum.

Estyn will visit schools at least twice within a seven year cycle.

Education Minister, Kirsty Williams said tit would help provide 'assurances' that standards are being met:

An effective Inspectorate is one that provides assurance that standards are being met, whilst also supporting schools to maintain improvement.

We are moving to a model of evaluation and improvement more in line with high performing education systems across the world. What remains constant is our focus on raising standards and attainment for all. Estyn will have a crucial role in making this happen and that’s why they should have a greater role in supporting schools both prior to and following the roll out of the new curriculum.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Minister for Education

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The new curriculum will be introduced in primary schools on a compulsory basis from 2021 and year 7, before being fully rolled out in 2026.

lt will be based on six broad areas of learning:

  • Humanities
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Science and Technology
  • Languages, Literacy and Communications
  • Expressive Arts
  • Maths