Curriculum for Wales

“We are committed to the success and well-being of every learner, regardless of background or personal circumstance. Equity and excellence go hand in hand, and we cannot have one at the expense of the other.”Education in Wales” our national mission, 2017

Improving education is our national mission. Education reform in Wales has included a wide range of policy changes. The biggest change is a new curriculum for schools and funded non-maintained settings in Wales from September 2022. Nothing is so essential as universal access to, and acquisition of, the experiences, knowledge and skills and that our young people need for employment, lifelong learning and active citizenship.

Curriculum for Wales has been made in Wales but shaped by the best ideas from around the world. The Curriculum for Wales guidance is a clear statement of what is important in delivering a broad and balanced education.

The four purposes are the shared vision and aspiration for every child and young person in Wales. A school’s curriculum is everything a learner experiences in pursuit of the four purposes. It is not simply what we teach, but how we teach and crucially, why we teach it. Curriculum development should be at the heart of practitioner, school and national efforts which seek to raise standards for all.

On the 13th October 2020, Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education, published Education in Wales: Our national mission Update October 2020 and Curriculum for Wales: the journey to 2022. These documents set out the next steps in Wales’ reform journey and provide support and guidance for schools in preparing for Curriculum for Wales.

Central South Consortium has a key role in supporting all of the schools in our region in the realisation of Curriculum for Wales. We provide professional learning opportunities and access to resources, research and up-to-date information for all schools and individual practitioners to engage purposefully with Curriculum for Wales.

The cross-regional professional learning programme for Curriculum for Wales has been revised to reflect the current situation in schools. It is being rolled-out as a common offer of support, although local delivery mechanisms may vary. The programme directly mirrors the approach and philosophy set out in Curriculum for Wales: the journey to 2022.

Taking our current context of the COVID-19 pandemic into consideration, the programme and materials have been designed to be made available in a range of formats and to build on our learning from the period of disruption created by the pandemic. Opportunities for ‘live’ facilitated sessions will be available, but all sessions will be recorded and made available for schools and practitioners to engage with as and when they are able. All materials and resources will also be made available as packs that can easily be facilitated by staff for use in school.

Programme for Headteachers and Senior Leaders Autumn Term 2020

ThemeWhen?How?
Leading ChangeSession 1 - 30/11/20
Session 2 - 08/12/20

Session 1 - 10/12/20
Session 2 - 14/12/20
All materials will be available as a variety of:
i) Live professional learning experiences
ii) On demand recordings
iii) A packaged set of resources to support a train the trainer dissemination route
iv) Some resources to support self-study
Establishing a shared visionFrom November 2020 onwards
Making time and space for professional learning From November 2020 onwards
Leading PedagogyFrom November 2020 onwards
Curriculum Design and Development From November 2020 onwards

Middle Leaders Autumn Term 2020

ThemeWhen?How?
The curriculum for Wales model? What is different?From November 2020 onwardsAll materials will be available as a variety of:
i) Live professional learning experiences
ii) On demand recordings
iii) A packaged set of resources to support a train the trainer dissemination route
iv) Some resources to support self-study
Reflection on pedagogy – for current practice and for the new curriculumFrom November 2020 onwards
AoLE walk throughs From November 2020 onwards
A vision for the AoLE? (building on the whole school vision)From November 2020 onwards

For further support and information on Curriculum for Wales contact Natalie.A.Gould@cscjes.org.uk or Kathryn.A.Lewis@cscjes.org.uk


Latest resources

Curriculum for Wales Practitioners Playlist

Curriculum for Wales Governors Playlist

Curriculum for Wales Frequently Asked Questions

AoLE Frequently Asked Questions

Curriculum for Wales Middle Leaders Resources:

You can view all other relevant documentation regarding Curriculum for Wales in the Knowledge Bank here.