Curriculum for Wales

As a school we have been working hard to design our own curriculum based on the new curriculum for Wales guidance which was published in January 2020. We are developing our own curriculum, which will enable our learners to develop towards the four purposes of the curriculum  the starting point and aspiration for every child and young person in Wales. We are currently designing an inclusive curriculum that is designed with ambition, to create a broad range of opportunities and memorable experiences which ensure our children enjoy learning, understand their progress and become ready to learn throughout their lives. Below you will see Merllyn’s curriculum rationale and eventually, once finalised, we will share our new curriculum.

The Four Purposes

The purpose of the every school’s curriculum will be to support our children and young people to be:

  • 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

Why it’s changing…

Welsh Government guidance states…

Improving education is our national mission. Nothing is so essential as universal access to, and acquisition of, the experiences, knowledge and skills and that our young people need for employment, lifelong learning and active citizenship.

The Curriculum for Wales guidance is a clear statement of what is important in delivering a broad and balanced education. The four purposes are the shared vision and aspiration for every child and young person. In fulfilling these, we set high expectations for all, promote individual and national well-being, tackle ignorance and misinformation, and encourage critical and civic engagement.

A school’s curriculum is everything a learner experiences in pursuit of the four purposes. It is not simply what we teach, but how we teach and crucially, why we teach it.

Curriculum development should be at the heart of practitioner, school and national efforts which seek to raise standards for all, tackle the attainment gap, and ensure an education system that is a source of national pride and enjoys public confidence.

It is designed to:

  • help practitioners to develop a more integrated approach to learning
  • Support schools to design their own curriculum and assessment arrangements
  • ensure assessment and learners’ progression are intrinsic to a setting or school’s curriculum