The New Curriculum
"Our national mission in Wales is to raise standards, raise the attainment of all children and ensure we have an education system that is a source of national pride and public confidence."
What is Changing?
Our Curriculum is changing. The biggest change is a new curriculum for schools in Wales from September 2022. It will affect all schools other than Independent schools. The curriculum has been made in Wales but shaped by the best ideas from around the world.
There will also be changes to improve how we assess pupils, teacher training and school accountability. These improvements will complement the new curriculum.
Why must we make these changes?
Evidence from international surveys, and evaluations from Estyn (the education and training inspectorate for Wales), suggest levels of achievement are not as high as they could be.
The national curriculum was first introduced in 1988 before on-line shopping, Google and the Cloud. Now, work is different, technology is different, society is changing. The curriculum must prepare young people to thrive in a future where digital skills, adaptability and creativity - alongside knowledge - are crucial.
Since it was created, the curriculum has become narrow, inflexible and crowded, limiting creative approaches in schools.
We want children to enjoy learning, and develop skills, knowledge and emotional resilience. By the age of 16, they should be confident, ethical individuals who play an active part in their community and society. They should be prepared to thrive in the new world of work.
What will it look like in Fern Federation?
Our school’s new curriculum will be a journey of knowledge, skills and experiences.
1. It’s designed by teachers.
They will plan the lessons and learning that will help our pupils be ready for your future. They will work with other schools and have guidance which other teachers have written to help them.
2. It’s built for all children.
The new curriculum will support the children through creative lessons that have real-life meaning. It will help them to reflect and think about what they have learnt and move forward.
3. It’s made for a fast-changing world.
The world is more connected so the subjects our pupils learn will be more connected too. Knowledge is still really important, so the new curriculum will give children skills and opportunities to grow.