Implementing the new Wales curriculum

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Motion #48
Carried as amended
  • Executive Committee

THAT Conference welcomes the Welsh Government’s amended timetable for the implementation and first teaching of the new curriculum to allow for more time in the development stage.

Conference also notes the recent Children, Young People and Education Committee Report, Conclusions 1 and 4, which state that “the education workforce is not currently prepared for the implementation of the new curriculum […]” and “Teachers’ professional development should be valued in its own right, and recognised as tool [sic] for support teacher growth, rather than as a performance management tool”.

In light of this, Conference regrets that the implementation process so far has not enabled more practitioners to become involved in the ‘Pioneer school’ process and asks the Executive Committee to put forward to the Joint Executive Council that the Joint Executive Council:

(i) lobby the Welsh Government to take steps to ensure that the introduction of the new curriculum is measured and adequately resourced and to undertake ongoing dialogue with practitioners in order to ensure its future success

(ii) call on Professor Graham Donaldson to take a whole-systems approach to his review of Estyn, and use this opportunity to have an amnesty on Estyn inspections while the Curriculum for Wales is introduced

(iii) call on the Welsh Government to ensure that all practitioners have access to appropriate professional learning to help them develop their practice and ensure readiness for the new curriculum.