Welsh education: ‘Ambitious’ new curriculum unveiled

One of the biggest shake-ups of the school curriculum in decades will move a step closer on Monday. A consultation begins as Education Minister Kirsty Williams unveils a white paper setting out her vision for the future of education in Wales. The BBC reports.

The delayed proposals have already been criticised by education bosses as “poorly defined” and “weak”.

But Ms Williams said they are “ambitious and far-reaching”.

Her plan is based on an independent review conducted by Prof Graham Donaldson in 2015 which recommended a new curriculum focusing on literacy, numeracy and digital skills.

The Welsh Government said it is being designed by teachers, will be based on six broad areas of learning and will ditch Welsh as a second language in English-medium schools.

Ms Williams said: “I am absolutely clear that to raise standards and extend opportunities, we need to empower schools and teachers by moving away from a narrow, inflexible and crowded curriculum.”

As part of the plans, English and Welsh will remain statutory, as will religious studies and relationships and sexuality education.

In addition, literacy, numeracy and digital competence will be statutory up to the age of 16.

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