Voice Cymru welcomes review of curriculum and assessment in Wales
25 February 2015
Voice Cymru welcomes report of the Independent Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangements in Wales
Voice Cymru, which represents teachers, headteachers and education support staff in Wales, has given a cautious welcome to Successful Futures, the report of the Independent Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangements in Wales.
Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:
“We welcome the report and its aims, although we need to study it in detail. As Education Minister Huw Lewis has said, it could take a decade or more of ‘heavy lifting and hard work’ before the new curriculum is in place.
“This is an innovative report and its recommendations represent an exciting opportunity for schools to meet the needs and aspirations of learners.
“In particular, we welcome the recommendation that schools should have more flexibility to teach around a central curriculum.
“We are pleased that Professor Donaldson appears to suggest that there is too much emphasis on testing for accountability rather than for learning.
“If ‘digital competency’ is to be given the same status as literacy and numeracy then clearly there must be considerable investment in both equipment and staff training and development.
“We look forward to taking part in the ‘great debate' on the curriculum and to working with the Welsh Government to realise the benefits for Welsh education, learners and the education workforce.”
Comment (and updates, 30 June 2015):
Voice Press Office
General Secretary Deborah Lawson
Director for Wales Nick Griffin
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