‘Urgent action’ needed on new school curriculum rollout

The BBC reports that teachers will not be ready for a new school curriculum without “urgent action” by Welsh ministers before its introduction in 2022, AMs have warned. Their report calls on the education secretary to prepare a detailed plan to ensure the workforce is prepared.

The committee heard many teachers were not fully aware of the changes and only a minority felt well ready for them.

The curriculum is based on a review by Prof Graham Donaldson that suggested changes such as more lessons on computer programming and more cooperation between primary and secondary schools.

The assembly’s children, young people and education committee recommendations to Education Secretary Kirsty Williams, published on Thursday, include:

  • establishing to what extent teacher workload is harming recruitment
  • revising new professional standards to identify more clearly the key standards expected of teachers
  • exploring further whether there is enough support for new teachers in the early years

Committee chairwoman, Labour Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle, said: “Recent actions by the cabinet secretary for education including launching the new professional standards for teaching and leadership and delaying the rollout of the new curriculum to 2022 are to be broadly welcomed, but more needs to be done to address the issues highlighted during our inquiry.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “We are listening closely to what teachers are telling us and our decision to change the timeline to give an extra year will mean all schools have the time to engage with the development of the curriculum and be fully prepared for the changes.”

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