Overhaul of school curriculum presents exciting new ideas, says AM

Labour’s Vale of Clwyd AM, Ann Jones, has welcomed the publication of an independent expert report, entitled “Successful Futures” by Professor Graham Donaldson, which proposes a significant overhaul of the national curriculum that aims to raise standards at all levels and radically change how and what pupils in Wales learn over the decades to come.

Ms Jones, who is Chair of the National Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee said: “The current curriculum needs an overhaul as it stems from the original framework drawn up in the 80s, before the internet was part of our daily lives.

“The Donaldson Review presents a number of exciting new ideas which will give our young people a more rounded and joined up education. Numeracy and literacy continue to be the cornerstone of the curriculum. The proposals to enhance ICT show a commitment to improving skills which will be crucial to our economic future.

“There are a wide array of exciting new ideas in this review which will innovate the way our children learn. I am really excited to see these new proposals develop so that we can create the very best education system in Wales where our young people leave school with the skills they will need to live successful and healthy lives”.

The report comes following an extensive national and international evidence-gathering exercise which included over 700 responses from young people, practitioners, parents and businesses. It covers learners from the current Foundation Phase right through to Key Stage 4.

The report’s recommendations are radical and wide ranging and provide a vision of what successful young people leaving statutory education should look like in the future.

In his report, Professor Donaldson sets out 4 key purposes for school education, together with a new framework for organising the curriculum. He identifies 6 Areas of Learning and Experience as a means to combine subjects and other important aspects of learning to encourage connections and opportunities to apply learning in new ways.

The Welsh Government is keen for the people of Wales to engage on the big issues set out in Professor Donaldson’s report and will shortly launch its ‘Great Debate’ on the curriculum which will include events and online opportunities for engagement.