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New curriculum available to schools by 2018, says Minister

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Education Minister, Huw Lewis will today tell an audience of Head teachers that he wants Wales’ new curriculum to be available to schools by 2018 with formal teaching beginning by 2021.
Thursday 22 October 2015

Education Minister, Huw Lewis will today tell an audience of Head teachers that he wants Wales’ new curriculum to be available to schools by 2018 with formal teaching beginning by 2021.

In June the Education Minister announced he was accepting all 68 of the recommendations in ‘Successful Futures’, Professor Graham Donaldson’s independent report on curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales.

He also agreed to publish a plan setting out how the full benefits of Successful Futures would be achieved.

At the National Education conference today, the Minister will fulfil this commitment and launch his plan ‘A curriculum for Wales - a curriculum for life’. The plan sets out the steps the Welsh Government will take, working with the profession, to design and develop the new curriculum by 2018.

Speaking ahead of the conference, the Minister said:

“With his Successful Futures report, Professor Donaldson has provided us with the foundations for our first ever made in Wales curriculum - one that will be fit for the 21st century and driven by the latest national and international thinking.

“I am determined that our new curriculum will embody better learning and higher standards for all and to help ensure this, I want the teaching profession to play a central part in designing and developing it.  

“My ambition is for the new curriculum to be available to schools by 2018 with formal first teaching by 2021. I see this as a realistic and achievable timescale and one that strikes the right balance between pace and ensuring the teaching profession is developed to support our new approaches to teaching and learning.

“There is no doubt that these are exciting times for education in Wales. We must work closely with our pioneer schools, the wider teaching profession and our partners to develop a curriculum that supports the success of every child and young person in Wales and delivers the world class learning and teaching they deserve.”

Professor Graham Donaldson said:

“Wales is about to embark on a radical reform of its curriculum and assessment arrangements.

“Ultimately, the success of this reform as a whole will be strongly influenced not just by the translation of ideas into workable curriculum and assessment arrangements but also by the way this work is taken forward.

“The challenge is to be both creative and realistic in building the new curriculum and assessment framework and I look forward to working with colleagues across the country to achieve our goals of better learning and higher standards for the young people of Wales.”

 

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