As you may be aware, September 2022 is an exciting time for schools in Wales as we begin to prepare for the roll out of the New Curriculum. The Curriculum for Wales is a new curriculum that gives Schools the autonomy to create a personalised and bespoke curriculum that meets the needs of individuals, whilst also focusing on a set of agreed learning objectives that outline what really matter to Pupils in their educational experiences an journey from 3 to 16.
Our current Curriculum was put in place in 2008 by Welsh Government and, as you’d agree, a lot has changed in that time! The skills, knowledge and experiences that our Pupils need in 2022 and beyond are very different to those of the past, and so the new curriculum is something that is very much welcomed by Schools across Wales. Within the Taff Bargoed Learning Partnership, we have been working hard since 2018 in preparing for this rollout. We have worked together with our various stakeholders to establish and create a new Curriculum for our Schools, in line with the statutory guidance produced by Welsh Government ‘Curriculum for Wales’, which we feel now reflects the views and opinions of everyone involved in the process.
This piece of work has taken a number of years to put in place; not only focussing on content and skills, but embedding and developing our approaches to teaching and learning, ensuring that our Schools are ready and prepared for the roll out of the new Curriculum in September 2022. Our work has involved a range of different groups through a range of different ways; seeking input from Parents via online questionnaires, meeting with Staff to discuss skills and progression, talking with Governors regarding the vision for our Curriculum and of course, most importantly, discussing the new curriculum with our learners. As a result of the work carried out by the school we are now in a position to begin introducing our new Curriculum in September 2022 across the Taff Bargoed Learning partnership.
Designing and creating a Curriculum is a lengthy process, as we consider what it is that our Pupils need to learn whilst they are with us, and how we build this up over their Primary journey and on into their secondary education. We have aimed to ensure that as many people as possible have been able to help shape this, including external professionals, and as a result we have developed a Curriculum that we feel will truly provide our Pupils with a rich experience of education.