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A New Curriculum for Wales 2022

This is an exciting time for the young people of Wales. A new Curriculum for Wales is coming!

A New Curriculum for Wales at St David's CiW Primary School

This is an exciting time for the young people of Wales. A new Curriculum for Wales is coming that will enthuse learners from 3 to 16, giving them the foundations they need to succeed in a changing world.

Schools will have some flexibility in determining how and when they begin first teaching of the new curriculum. By 2021 all settings and schools will be using the new curriculum to underpin teaching and learning for children and young people aged 3-16. A New Deal for the Education Workforce will equip education professionals to deliver the new curriculum.


The Four Purposes

Everything that is taught and learnt at school will have these 4 core purposes as starting points when staff plan for the enriched learning experiences that pupils will receive. Our pupils are at the heart of reshaping our curriculum. Their voice guides us in our decision making and influences learning. The four purposes will be at the heart of our new curriculum. They will be the starting point for all decisions on the content and experiences developed as part of the curriculum to support our children and young people to be: Ambitious Capable Learners; Ethical, informed citizens; Enterprising, Creative Contributors; Healthy, Confident Individuals. 


Key Elements of the New Curriculum

The new curriculum will include:

  • 6 Areas of Learning and Experience from 3 to 16
  • 3 cross curriculum responsibilities: literacy, numeracy and digital competence
  • progression reference points at ages 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16
  • achievement outcomes which describe expected achievements at each progression reference point.


Work on developing the new curriculum is well underway, but this is not a process that will be rushed. The key milestones on the journey are set out below.

January 2020: Final curriculum and assessment arrangements available

April 2020: Full Implementation of National Approach to Professional Learning 

September 2022: All maintained schools and settings using the new curriculum and assessment arrangements


We have been busy developing our understanding of the four purposes this half term!

Here's a flavour of some of the things we got up to during our Newly Introduced Immersion Days!