This is the first time ever that schools in Wales will have a national curriculum set in Welsh Law.
The curriculum guidance is already published and is the result of many years work involving teachers, experts, national and community organisations.
The Curriculum for Wales is the result of co-construction – not top-down diktat from Government.
It has been developed by practitioners for practitioners, bringing together educational expertise and wider research and evidence.
The four purposes will be the starting point and aspiration for every schools’ curriculum design. These represent the kind of learners that schools should help develop and the ethos of the entire education system.
Ultimately, the aim of a school’s curriculum will be to support its learners to become:
The curriculum framework includes six areas of learning and experience:
The six areas encourage strong and meaningful links across different disciplines and this will enable learners to build connections across their learning and combine different experiences, knowledge and skills.
Each area includes What Matters statements – there are 27 of these in the entire framework – these are the ‘big ideas’ and key concepts for the curriculum. This is the national framework and helps ensure the same core learning and consistency of approach in curriculum design across settings and schools.
Schools will teach all learners about religion, values and ethics, and relationships and sexuality education in a consistent and developmentally appropriate way. This will ensure that all young people are provided with access to information that keeps them safe from harm and that all pupils will learn about issues such as online safety and healthy relationships.