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EACEA National Policies Platform


5. Participation

5.10 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 27 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 14/10/2020


Curriculum reform

A new school curriculum is being introduced, with an intended rollout to all year groups to begin in 2022 and end in 2026. It mainly affects compulsory education up to the age of 16, but any changes to Personal and Social Education and Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship will affect post-16 students also.

One of the four purposes of the new curriculum is that children and young people will be ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world. According to Successful Futures, the report of the review which informed the new curriculum:

Our children and young people need to be rooted in their own cultures and to have a strong sense of identity as citizens of Wales, the United Kingdom, Europe and the wider world. Engaged citizenship requires the kind of understanding of democracy, human rights, interdependence, sustainability and social justice that should inform their personal views and sense of commitment. Children and young people need an ability to deal with difficult and contested ethical issues such as those that can arise from developments in science and digital technologies. Active citizenship requires the confidence and resilience that underpin the ability to exert influence and participate in vigorous debate. That confidence should be built on a strong base of knowledge and respect for evidence (p 28).

Any policy updates can be found on the Welsh Government ‘New school curriculum’ collection.