Achieving the New Curriculum for Wales

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Wales (United Kingdom) is on the path to transform the way children learn, with a new curriculum aimed to prepare its children and young people to thrive at school and beyond. The new curriculum for Wales intends to create a better learning experience for students, to engage teachers’ professionalism, and to contribute to the overall improvement of Welsh education. An education policy is only as good as its implementation, however, and Wales turned to the OECD for advice on the next steps to implement the curriculum. This report analyses the progress made with the new curriculum since 2016, and offers suggestions on the actions Wales should take to ready the system for further development and implementation. The analysis looks at the four pillars of implementation — curriculum policy design, stakeholders' engagement, policy context and implementation strategy — and builds upon the literature and experiences of OECD countries to provide tailored advice to Wales. In return, the report holds value not only for Wales, but also for other education systems across the OECD looking to implement a curriculum or to enhance their implementation processes altogether.



In 2014, Wales (United Kingdom) set out to reform its education system. A curriculum reform for children aged 3 to 16 leads this long-term agenda, which was developed following a consultation across Wales on the objectives for the future of its education system. The goal of the Welsh reform journey is that its education will help children and young people in Wales become ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn through 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. In a nutshell, Wales aims to prepare its youth to thrive in the 21st century.


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