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Views sought on new Curriculum for Wales

22 May 2021 2 minute read
Jeremy Miles MS. Picture: Senedd

The Welsh Government has opened a consultation on additional guidance for the new Curriculum for Wales.

The eight-week consultation includes further draft guidance and a code for teaching of Relationships and Sexuality Education and Religion, Values and Ethics.

The new draft Code and statutory guidance for Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) was developed with partners including teachers, experts, unions and faith organisations.

The draft Code sets out the mandatory elements to be taught and aims to ensure transparency and consistency on how RSE is taught in schools.

‘What matters’

Religion, Values and Ethics (RVE) will also be a statutory requirement for all learners within the new curriculum.

The draft guidance was designed by education practitioners and religious education experts, to assist teachers in developing the RVE content for the Humanities Area of Learning and Experience.

There is also a consultation on the amended What Matters Code, which sets out the 27 statements across the six areas of learning and experience on which schools must base their curriculum.

The Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Act 2021 became law after receiving Royal Assent last month.

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, said: “Covid has demonstrated why, more than ever, we need a new curriculum – putting well-being at the heart of what we want for our learners and enabling them to adapt and respond to an ever-changing world.

“I want to thank everyone who has helped us in developing the draft guidance.

“We welcome feedback from teachers, parents, learners and everyone who is passionate about education in Wales. The refinement of these key pieces of guidance will be instrumental to how lessons will be delivered in future.”

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2 years ago

The total lack of teaching the history of our country while lauding English pirates and slave owners was, and in many ways still is, a national scandal. History, including world history, should be taught from a Welsh perspective. It should not be a re-hashed history of the Labour Party either, although the sufferings of the industrial revolution are obviously very important.

Tony Foster
Tony Foster
2 years ago

18th and 19th century social and economic history of both England and Wales should be part of every child’s curriculum up to age 16 years at least.

Kate Morgan
2 years ago
Reply to  Tony Foster

Also ancient Welsh history.

Androw Bennett
Androw Bennett
2 years ago
Reply to  Kate Morgan

Include prehistory and evolution to confirm that Homo Sapiens evolved from (inter alia) hominids who lived the Great Rift Valley of East Africa.

Mandi A
Mandi A
2 years ago

Best avoid conversations about blasphemy and cartoons and stick to the essential values of the world’s faiths, all of them.

Androw Bennett
Androw Bennett
2 years ago
Reply to  Mandi A

And include Humanism in RVE.

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