Education is changing
“The school curriculum is changing so we can prepare our children better for a changing world.
What is changing?
The biggest change is a new curriculum in Wales from September 2022. The curriculum has been made in Wales but shaped by the best ideas from around the world.
There will also be changes to improve the way learners are assessed, plus new ways of training staff, and helping schools improve. These changes will all complement the new curriculum.
Why must we make these changes?
The national curriculum was first introduced in 1988 before on-line shopping, Google and the Cloud. Now, work is different, technology is different, society is changing. The curriculum must prepare young people to thrive in a future where digital skills, adaptability and creativity - alongside knowledge - are crucial, especially as:
“Given the scale and pace of change, it is likely that many children in primary school today will work in jobs that either do not exist today, or at least have constituent tasks that are very different from those of today
The Future of Work in Wales, Mair Bell, Dan Bristow and Steve Martin, Public Policy Institute for Wales
(1 November 2017)
We want children to enjoy learning, and develop skills, knowledge and emotional resilience. By the age of 16, they should be confident, ethical individuals who play an active part in their community and society. They should be prepared to thrive in the new world of work.
When will it happen?
The new curriculum will be taught to those up to Year 6 from September 2022. Yr 7 and 8 will all be taught with it from 2023 and it will then roll out year by year until it includes Year 11 by 2026.
Up to Year 7
This children, young people and families’ version of the new curriculum explains the new curriculum in a straightforward way.
For a much more detailed picture you can see the whole suite of Curriculum Guidance as provided for schools.
New pupil assessment arrangements will also be introduced to help learners (and parents) understand how they are performing and what they need to do next.
Improvements will also be made to the support for children with additional learning needs. Support for physical and mental well-being will be increased – especially in light of the pandemic - so all children are ready to learn at school and cope with the demands of life.
What could this look like in schools?
Pupils at Olchfa School give their thoughts on how their curriculum is delivered.