Our new curriculum will of course be underpinned by law. A ‘White Paper’ produced by Welsh Government sets out proposals for the legislation required and is open for consultation from 28th January to 22nd March 2019.
The proposals reflect the ambitions and recommendations set out in Successful Futures, aiming to give practitioners freedom to use their professionalism and creativity to meet the needs of learners.
A Welsh Government Press Notice sets out the position:
Breaking down traditional subject boundaries and empowering teachers to be more innovative, we will be introducing Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs) that cover the Humanities; Health and Wellbeing; Science and Technology; Languages, Literacy and Communications; Expressive Arts; and Maths.
English and Welsh will remain statutory, as will Religious Studies and Relationships and Sexuality Education. Alongside this, the Cross-Curriculum Responsibilities of literacy, numeracy and digital competence will be statutory up to 16 years old.
Key stages will be removed. Instead, there will be Progression Steps relating to expectations for learners ages 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16. These will allow teachers to understand each learner’s development – taking into account their individual abilities, experiences and rates of learning and understanding.