A 'radical and wide-ranging' report has been published into the future of the Welsh education system.
Professor Graham Donaldson’s 'Successful Futures' report sets out four key purposes of the curriculum, with the aim of raising standards in education. These state that children should develop as:
ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
The report also states that digital competence should become a cross-curriculum responsibility for all teachers, alongside literacy and numeracy.
Six areas of learning and experience that will shape the curriculum are also identified in the report: expressive arts, health and well-being, humanities, languages, literacy and communication, mathematics and numeracy, and science and technology.
These have been suggested as a means of combining subjects and other important aspects of learning, encouraging connections and new methods of application.
Professor Donaldson said: "I am confident that the proposals in my report will provide Welsh Government and the wider education community with the means to develop a strong and vibrant educational experience for all children and young people in Wales."
Welsh education minister Huw Lewis described the study as "a compelling, exciting and ambitious vision for a new curriculum in Wales".
The report's publication follows an extensive national and international evidence-gathering exercise, which received over 700 responses from young people, practitioners, parents and businesses.
Learners from the current Foundation Phase through to Key Stage Four are covered by the study.
Posted by Harriet McGowan