Draft curriculum for Wales 2022 launched for feedback  

The Welsh Government recently launched the draft new Curriculum for Wales 2022 for feedback. 

Curriculum for Wales 2022 has been developed to reflect the strengths that the Foundation Phase has brought to education in Wales. Welsh Government logo

The ethos, principles and pedagogy of The Foundation Phase will continue to be central to the delivery of Early Years education and have now been incorporated across the entire 3 to 16 Curriculum for Wales 2022 to ensure it is appropriate and accessible for all practitioners and learners.

Curriculum for Wales 2022 seeks to allow for a broadening of learning, supporting settings and schools to be more flexible in their approaches, and provides education leaders and practitioners with greater agency, enabling them to be innovative and creative.

At the heart of this are the four purposes of the curriculum, which set out the aspirations for all children and young people by the age of 16 to become:

  • 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.

These four purposes should underpin all teaching and learning in Wales, enabling children to be successful learners, who play an active part in their community and wider society, and who are prepared to thrive in an increasingly complex world. 

The draft documents also include - ‘Assessment proposals to inform the development of statutory guidance’. This document sets out proposals that will underpin assessment in Curriculum for Wales 2022. Learner progression and their journey towards the four purposes of the curriculum have been central in its development. 

The Welsh Government are inviting feedback on the draft curriculum, as well as the assessment proposals, until 19 July 2019. 

It is imperative that all settings and schools generate feedback from their own perspective, including the consideration of all of the documents.

NDNA Cymru are working with the Welsh Government and other stakeholders to develop resources supporting the delivery of Foundation Phase in funded non-maintained settings. These resources will help settings understand the approach to developing the curriculum, this will allow for meaningful contributions to the feedback process.

Submit your feedback by 19 July here