Your feedback on the draft curriculum – report now available

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Responses flooded in when feedback was invited on the new curriculum. Fully 1,680 came via email, online and by post, adding to feedback provided directly at regional events and focus groups, from young people and practitioners, parents and businesses.

Feedback report front cover - EWavehill and Dynamix, independent research organisations, analysed the range of views and their prevalence across stakeholder groups and as a whole.

 Overall, respondents were supportive of the structure and sentiment of the new Curriculum, many welcoming the proposals. They liked the emphasis on the four purposes, the greater agency offered to teachers, and the greater role of formative assessment.

 But they also raised issues, including practical considerations such as the time, resources and support that teachers will need to implement the new curriculum. And most thought the guidance could be improved, offering positive suggestions as to how, which could be paraphrased as: ‘make it simpler but add detail in places to help teachers realise this in practice’.

There is much more to discover about the feedback – including specifics on Areas of Learning and Experience – in the full reports on this page.

 

What makes the new curriculum so different? The external advisory group gives its views.

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In our first film the Curriculum and Assessment Group (CAG) members discuss how the new curriculum will be substantially different from the current.

In the second film they look at how other parts of the education system – including the accountability system and professional learning – will change to support the introduction of the new curriculum. Also at just how internationally innovative this new curriculum is.

So what are the big differences?

And how will the education system change to support it?

 

The new curriculum’s external advisory group – what’s it thinking during this refinement phase? Part 1.

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An external perspective on Wales’ new curriculum as it develops is provided by the Curriculum and Assessment Group (CAG). It’s made up of academics of international standing who meet periodically to discuss progress and advise on issues.

Here are two videos. In the first, three members of CAG introduce themselves and answer questions on the feedback recently received and its implications:

 

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Refining the new Curriculum – A teacher speaks

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Matthew Maughan teaches at Bassaleg School in Newport, one of the ‘Innovation Schools’ testing approaches to introducing the new curriculum and helping refine the curriculum based on feedback received on the draft.

Here Matt talks about how it feels to be involved at this stage, and what’s happening with the feedback. He also has views on the question of subject specialism and whether teachers should look forward to teaching to the new curriculum.

Take a look!

 

 

The Curriculum for Wales – Dispelling the Myths – Part 2

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myth buster imageFollowing on from our earlier blog post, here are more common misconceptions and myths that surrounded the launch of the draft curriculum for Wales. It may be of course that some myths relate to elements of the curriculum that will change in response to the feedback received, but here are our responses as it stands.

 

Myth #1 – This is a Curriculum-only reform

Whilst curriculum reform has gained most of the recent publicity, it needs to be remembered that the proposed changes to the curriculum sit within a broader series of wider education reforms, which are designed to make sure the curriculum is realized in schools, reforms that are coherent and have a common underpinning philosophy. In countries that have successfully implemented reform, a holistic approach has been taken to support change, with time and space given to embedding the changes across the system. Continue reading

Taking your feedback forward: refining the draft curriculum

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Minister Bangor Uni - deep (2)Today I attended the National Assembly for Wales Children and Young People’s Committee to give them an update on progress with Curriculum reform. They play a key role in holding me as Minister for Education to account and scrutinising the development of our curriculum.

I will be publishing a report on the feedback exercise and what we propose to do as a result later in the autumn. But I want to share with you, as well as fellow Assembly Members, some early thinking.

The evidence paper to the Committee is here.

You can also watch the video of the Committee session

The development of the new curriculum for Wales 2022 is moving at pace. It was a significant milestone on our National Mission when in April we published the draft and invited feedback from practitioners and stakeholders to inform the next stage – the refinement activity.

The window for formal feedback closed on 19 July and the responses have been independently evaluated. Altogether there were 1,680 contributions from a diverse range of individuals and organisations. A significant proportion were from practitioners, teachers, senior leaders and governors. Another 116 responses were received in response to the Children and Young People’s Survey. Continue reading