Welcome for ‘radical’ review of the Welsh curriculum

Teaching unions have welcomed a “radical and wide-ranging” review of Wales’ national curriculum, which will see it distance itself from the English system.

The changes have been recommended by an independent review led by Professor Graham Donaldson, who was responsible for the major reform of education in Scotland.

The Successful Futures report was produced following a national and international evidence-gathering exercise which included more than 700 responses from young people, practitioners, parents and businesses. It covers learners from the current Foundation phase right through to key stage 4.

The report identifies six areas of learning and experience as a means to combining subjects such as maths and numeracy, science and technology. The existing key stages would be replaced with “progression steps”, relating broadly to expectations at ages five, eight, 11, 14 and 16.

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