Welsh Government to undertake “comprehensive” review of school curriculum and testing
The Welsh Government have announced a ‘comprehensive, wide ranging, review of the National Curriculum and assessment arrangements for Wales.
Education Minister Huw Lewis announced today that Professor Graham Donaldson is to lead a comprehensive and wide ranging review.
Professor Donaldson was instrumental in the development of the Scottish Government’s curriculum reform programme, Curriculum for Excellence.
Making the announcement Huw Lewis said:
“I want to see the development of a distinct Curriculum for Wales.
“This is a real opportunity to develop a rigorous and robust curriculum for our students here in Wales. A programme of learning which supports them to think, do prosper, adapt and most importantly succeed in life.
“That’s why I’m delighted that Professor Donaldson has agreed to take forward this important task. He brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and skill, as well as a personal commitment to continuous improvement and attainment of the highest standards.
As part of his work, Professor Donaldson will be working closely with a wide range of stakeholders, as well as considering the recommendations from the reports of a number of independent task and finish groups including:
· The ICT Steering Group’s Report to the Welsh Government
· The Cwricwlwm Cymreig, history and the story of Wales: Final Report
· Review of Welsh second language at Key Stages 3 and 4
· Report of the Schools and Physical Literacy Task and Finish Group
· The Arts in Education Review
His work will complement the Welsh Government’s recent consultation on strengthening and supporting the teaching of literacy and numeracy in the Curriculum in Wales.
He is due to report his findings by the end of the year