At the end of the summer term, consultation closed for the new curriculum for Wales. NSEAD responded on behalf of our members to The Draft Statutory Guidance: A Guide to Curriculum for Wales 2022 and The Draft Statutory Guidance for the Expressive Arts Area of Learning Experience: Assessment Proposals to inform the development of statutory guidance. We are looking forward to the response to that feedback.
NSEAD welcome the thorough process of inclusive consultation of all stakeholders with which the Welsh Government have approached the development of the curriculum. In relation to The Draft Statutory Guidance A guide to Curriculum for Wales 2022, we broadly support the intention, ambition and aspiration and of the curriculum, specifically the four purposes which are admirable in their content and purpose.
There is strong parallel with the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum for England and the Rose Review introduced under the 2007-08 Balls reforms. The underpinning aims to develop successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens have been amplified in the Curriculum for Wales. A fourth purpose, ‘enterprising and creative contributors’ is a highly relevant development. The inclusion of Expressive Arts as one of the six areas of learning and experience is a positive move that gives much needed recognition to Art, Design and other creative subjects. This reflects the key role creative industries have to play in the future prosperity of nation and country, and is both timely and future facing.
The full NSEAD feedback can be downloaded here