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Next steps for implementing the new curriculum in Wales

October 2021


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


When it happened…


Wednesday, 22 September 2021


What delegates came to discuss…


This conference will be a timely opportunity to examine the key issues surrounding the implementation of the new school curriculum - including its new priority areas and how it can play a role in post-pandemic recovery.


It follows the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Act having received royal assent earlier this year, and the publication by the Welsh Government of an implementation plan for transitioning to delivering the new curriculum in 2022, with it becoming mandatory in secondary schools from 2023.


The conference will also be an opportunity to examine:


  • the ongoing implications of the pandemic for schools, and for teachers as a result, and how this may impact the rollout of the curriculum
  • how the new curriculum might be harnessed to combat other challenges, such as sexual misconduct, digital skills shortages, and improving ethnic minority inclusion in education

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions on core issues, including:


  • Key priorities for implementing the new curriculum - from Romane Viennet, Education Policy Analyst, Policy Advice and Implementation, Directorate for Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • What teachers need to effectively transition into the new framework - from Kerina Hanson, President, NAHT Cymru
  • Key priorities in preparing for inspections of the new curriculum - from Alan Edwards, HM Inspector, Estyn

Who attended…


Officials from the Senedd Cymru and the Welsh Government.


Representatives from Cantonian High School, Cardiff; Carmarthenshire County Council; Central South Consortium; Ceredigion County Council; Coleg Cambria; Conwy County Borough Council; Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment; Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru/Books Council of Wales; National Education Union Cymru; Neath Port Talbot Council; Oystermouth Primary School, Swansea; Pembrokeshire County Council; Pillgwenlly Primary School, Newport; S4C; Swansea University; Theatr na nÓg; University of Worcester; and Ysgol Greenhill School, Tenby.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles