School curriculum expert’s momentum warning over delay

The BBC reports that the architect of a new curriculum for Wales’ schools has warned against losing momentum after its timetable was extended. Prof Graham Donaldson wrote a review setting out an overhaul of education for three to 16-year-olds in 2015.

But Education Secretary Kirsty Williams last week announced the curriculum would start being taught in classrooms a year later than planned, in 2022. She wants it phased in over six years to allow schools to be fully prepared.

The new timetable was announced after teaching unions and politicians said more time was needed for schools to prepare.

Prof Donaldson, former Scottish chief inspector of schools, said “progress remained good” but warned against “any loss of momentum in the whole dynamic of this reform”.

“Clearly, with the more time that passes, then the risk is people begin to relax and we lose the kind of dynamism that we need to have in the development process,” he added.

“So I’m not disappointed about the extension of the timetable but I am determined that that extension should be used to full effect and that we just don’t take longer to do what we would have done anyway.”

He urged schools to approach the new curriculum with “gusto” and welcomed how political parties were treating the reforms.

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