New Curriculum Special! All your updates in one place

5 March 2018 • New Curriculum - Special edition


Why do we need a new curriculum?

Watch pupils question Prof Graham Donaldson.  Also see the what, when and how on our new curriculum web page

News about ‘what matters’ for Areas of Learning and Experience:

AoLE ‘what matters’ - introduction

Pioneer schools have been working to develop the six Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs) and to determine ‘what matters’ – the key knowledge, skills and concepts which are important to learners, aligned to the four purposes for education set out in ‘Successful Futures’.  These are now being refined, and work on a progression framework has begun. See updates on the six Areas of Learning and Experience below.

A video introduction to the work so far

Short interview from Ty Golding

Languages, Literacy and Communication  

Health and Well-being

Science and technology

Mathematics and Numeracy

Expressive Arts


A sketch note about the 'what matters' process

wall charts and 'postcards'

What’s the timeline? See our wall chart which includes all education reforms

See a postcard with key reform dates

See our Digital Competence Framework postcard as a reminder of key points

Blog updates - curriculum for wales

Regular updates about curriculum development and related topics are published on the Curriculum Blog. ‘Follow’ the blog to receive notifications of posts as they are published.

Camau ‘progression steps’ project update

‘There be dragons’ – Dr Mark Priestley’s perspective on Wales’ approach


Bryn Deri Primary School’s highly professional news report – see the video

How Estyn encourages innovation in support of curriculum reform

Olchfa School is already embracing the principles of ‘Successful Futures’

Porthcawl School has been ‘Finding the front door’ to the new curriculum

Growing a learning culture for staff development  – see the ‘Schools as Learning Organisations’ (SLO) model

How Ysgol Eirias uses the SLO model

Moving forward with the Digital Competence Framework – update

‘If only we had this in England’ – comment on the Digital Competence Framework

Digital Competence resources on Hwb


A million Welsh Speakers – Kathryn Davies  says we can make it happen

Will qualifications change to respond to the new curriculum? A view from Qualifications Wales

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