The new curriculum in Wales will give teachers more freedom to teach in ways that will provide better outcomes for their learners. To support innovative pedagogy it will sometimes mean working with organisations or individuals outside of the classroom or school.
This was a key theme in the Curriculum Reform Strand 1 Working Group on Enrichment and Experiences where teachers agreed that bringing in others from outside school – or visiting other people and places – brings the learning to life for their pupils and makes it more effective and meaningful. This has been carried through to the six Areas of Learning and Experiences in Strand 2 and will be developed more fully in Strand 3.
This is an exciting time for digital learning! Schools have now had a full year to familiarise themselves with the Framework, and leaders should now be planning ways to encourage and support all teachers and practitioners to identify opportunities to use the Framework in their teaching during the next academic year.
“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” – Socrates.
Successful Futures, published in 2015, promised an exciting new future in Welsh education as it introduced Donaldson’s vision for curriculum reform in Wales. It laid the foundations for a twenty-first Century curriculum informed by national and international thinking. This new curriculum was to be pioneering. Pioneering not only in its recommendations, but also in the approach adopted in changing the education system in Wales.
Mathematics and Numeracy – Nicola Morgan, Blackwood School, talks about progress with this Area of Learning and Experience, and next steps.
Expressive Arts – Catrin Roberts, Ysgol Cwm Rhymni, talks about progress with this Area of Learning and Experience, and next steps.
Literacy, Languages and Communication – Matthew Maughan, Bassaleg School, talks about progress with this Area of Learning and Experience, and next steps.