Curriculum changes in Wales must not be rushed, government is told

The Welsh government has been warned not to rush the new curriculum changes but instead learn the lessons from Finland and take time to get this policy right.

Dr Philip Dixon, director of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers Cymru, made the comments as the first phase of the “Great Debate” on the Donaldson curriculum review came to an end.

Dr Dixon said all too often the Welsh government failed to properly implement good ideas and this review was too important to get wrong. 

The public consultation – dubbed the “Great Debate” – ran for the last 10 weeks in Wales with events taking place across the country to discuss the 68 proposals set out by Professor Graham Donaldson in the Successful Futures document.

Dr Dixon said: “The Donaldson Report has had a very warm reception. Most teachers will welcome the relaxing of the national curriculum corset and the fact that much greater trust is to be put in their judgement and expertise. 

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