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Support for schools as countdown to new curriculum begins

Support will be provided to schools in Swansea to help shape the new Curriculum for Wales so it meets the needs of all pupils in the city.

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This week the draft of the new curriculum has been unveiled by the Welsh Government with the aim of raising standards and reducing the attainment gap and it has been called the biggest reform to Welsh schools in decades.

From September 2022, all pupils in primary schools and Year 7 pupils in secondary schools will start to follow the new curriculum.

From September 2023 through to September 2026, the new curriculum will be rolled out to pupils in Years 8 to Year 11 in secondary schools.

The draft has been developed during the last three years by the education profession through pioneer schools, in partnership with regional consortia, Estyn, Qualifications Wales and a range of other experts.

Around 20 of the 200 pioneer schools involved to date are in Swansea and include both comprehensive and primary schools.

During the summer term all schools, along with parents, universities and employers are being asked to give their views before the final version is published next year.

Schools are being asked to reflect on current practice and consider what is working well and what can be improved in preparation for the new curriculum.

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "We look forward to supporting our schools in shaping the new Curriculum for Wales.

"In the coming weeks, council officers will work with our schools to provide Welsh Government with helpful feedback on the draft curriculum and assessment arrangements.

"Before the introduction of the new curriculum there will also be lots of opportunities for parents, carers and the wider community in Swansea to find out more about how the curriculum is changing in Wales.

"This is just the start of the journey and schools will be hosting community events in the build-up to keep anyone who is interested fully informed."

The Welsh Government said the new curriculum will allow schools the flexibility to provide teaching and learning which meets the specific needs of their learners.

Traditional subjects will be organised under six new Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs)

These are Language, Literacy and communication; Mathematics and Numeracy; Science and Technology; Humanities; Health and Wellbeing and Expressive Arts.

The aim is that by the age of 16 young people will be ambitious and capable; enterprising and creative; ethical and informed and healthy and confident.

Cllr Raynor added: "Schools in Swansea are some of the best in Wales as can be witnessed by Estyn inspection reports and ever improving examination results.

"We are very fortunate to have exceptional headteachers and dedicated and professional teachers and we will continue to support them in every way that we can."

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