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UK - Wales: Review of curriculum and assessment proposes wide-ranging changes

The independent review of curriculum and assessment arrangements, set up by the Welsh Government in March 2014 (Donaldson Review), has reported. The review report, Successful Futures, makes many recommendations, which include:

  • The curriculum for 3- to 16-year-olds should be organised into six Areas of Learning and Experience: expressive arts; health and well-being; humanities; languages, literacy and communication; mathematics and numeracy; and science and technology.
  • Learning should be developed across the curriculum through three cross-curriculum responsibilities that should be the responsibility of all teachers: literacy; numeracy; and digital competence.
  • The curriculum should be organised as a continuum of learning without phases and key stages.
  • Progression should be tracked through progression steps at five points in the learning continuum, relating broadly to expectations at ages five, eight, 11, 14 and 16.

A consultation on the proposals is taking place in the form of a 'Great Debate'. Widespread participation by teachers, learners, businesses and individuals is being encouraged. This first phase of consultation will run until 8 May.

Welsh Government publishes radical report on a curriculum for Wales
Department for Education and Skills (DFES), Wales

Also see the report and more information on the Great Debate

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Last updated 13 March 2015



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