Independent Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangements in Wales Released

Findings from Professor Graham Donaldson Released about the Future of Education in Wales

WalesReviewFeatureA radical change to how and what children in Wales are taught is under consideration 26 years after the national curriculum was introduced.

Professor Graham Donaldson wants computer programming and IT in all classes to be as important as literacy and numeracy.

Schools should have more flexibility to teach around a central curriculum.

Prof Donaldson said ‘schools need to keep up with the digital world’

Prof Donaldson – a former chief inspector of schools appointed last March to look at what is taught in Wales – suggests:

  • Six areas of learning will combine core and non-core subjects. The Review proposes six Areas of Learning and Experience, as follows: ›› Expressive arts ›› Health and well-being ›› Humanities ›› Languages, literacy and communication ›› Mathematics and numeracy ›› Science and technology.
  • Key stages – which apply from the moment pupils start to infant school to when they take their GCSEs – to be replaced. Pupils’ learning should be more seamless as they progress and there should be better working between primary and secondary schools.
  • A key development is embedding “digital competency” in school life. As well as improving computer science as a subject, all pupils would be equipped with the ability to programme and code computers. Teachers would have to think of ways of weaving that, along with literacy and numeracy, into every lesson.

The review can be viewed in full by Clicking Here


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