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Welsh govt announces progress on numeracy and literacy

22/10/2014 Kelly
Progress has been made to improve standards of literacy and numeracy in Welsh schools, according to education and skills minister Huw Lewis.

The Welsh government has published new areas of learning and programmes of study, covering the Foundation Phase right through to Key Stage 4, to better embed these subjects in the curriculum.

Revised areas of learning for language, literacy and communication skills, and mathematical development, are to become statutory from September 2015, along with programmes of study for Key Stage 2 to 4 for English, Welsh (first language) and mathematics.

This will coincide with new GCSEs in English, Welsh, mathematics, and mathematics - numeracy.

Professor Donald Grahamson is leading an independent review of curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales, which will help to create a new curriculum and ensure young people are equipped with the skills they need in the modern economy.

The Welsh government is pushing ahead with work to enhance the learning and teaching of literacy and numeracy so today's learners benefit while the new education programme is under development.

Publishing the revised areas of learning and programmes of study will allow institutions and those in teaching jobs to prepare for the new school year.

Teachers will also benefit from the publication of an online booklet to ensure they have all the information they need to teach the revised curriculum subjects.

Mr Lewis described the response to the consultation on the changes as "very supportive" and said the information being provided by the government would provide the rationale behind them.

"All the changes link with Qualified for Life, our new education plan for three to 19 year olds that will deliver improvements in the education sector," he added.

"My overriding objective is to ensure that all learners in Wales benefit from excellent teaching and learning and I am confident that updating these areas of learning and programmes of study will help us to make progress along this path."ADNFCR-2164-ID-801755787-ADNFCR
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