‘There be dragons’: redrawing the curriculum map in Wales

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Mark Priestley The 2015 publication of Successful Futures marked a watershed moment in the history of education in Wales. The proposed new curriculum is a radical departure from recent top-down, teacher proof policy. It moves schools away from prescriptive content-led approaches to teaching, and affords teachers and schools considerable autonomy in developing a school-based curriculum to meet local needs.
The new Curriculum for Wales is typical, in many ways, of recent worldwide ‘new curriculum’ policy. It emphases the centrality of the learner, and the importance of developing so-called 21st century skills, to equip young people to thrive in modern complex democratic societies and in the workplace. It recognises that subjects, the ubiquitous approach to segmenting the secondary curriculum, may not always be the best way of organising teaching to ensure that young people develop the knowledge required to thrive in the modern world.

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News about ‘what matters’ in the new curriculum – Languages, Literacy and Communication

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During the latest stage of curriculum development, Pioneer schools have been asking the question of ‘what matters?’ within the six Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs). Here, Elan Davies talks about ‘what matters’ in the Languages, Literacy and Communication AoLE.

A more detailed introduction to the approach, and the paper which contains the thinking to date about ‘what matters’ within the AoLE, can be found here.

News about ‘what matters’ in the new curriculum – Humanities

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During the latest stage of curriculum development, Pioneer schools have been asking the question of ‘what matters?’ within the six Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs). Here, James Kent talks about ‘what matters’ in the Humanities AoLE.

A more detailed introduction to the approach, and the paper which contains the thinking to date about ‘what matters’ within the AoLE, can be found here.

News about ‘what matters’ in the new curriculum – Mathematics and Numeracy

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During the latest stage of curriculum development, Pioneer schools have been asking the question of ‘what matters?’ within the six Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs). Here, Mike Griffiths talks about ‘what matters’ in the Mathematics and Numeracy AoLE.

A more detailed introduction to the approach, and the paper which contains the thinking to date about ‘what matters’ within the AoLE, can be found here.

News about ‘what matters’ in the new curriculum – Science and Technology

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During the latest stage of curriculum development, Pioneer schools have been asking the question of ‘what matters?’ within the six Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs). Here, Professor Tom Crick talks about ‘what matters’ in the Science and Technology AoLE.

A more detailed introduction to the approach, and the paper which contains the thinking to date about ‘what matters’ within the AoLE, can be found here.