Bacc for the Future comment on new Welsh curriculum announcement

The Welsh government has today (Tuesday 30 April 2019) announced plans for a new curriculum overhaul to be implemented from 2022.

Six new Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs) have been announced, which will break down the traditional boundaries between subjects.

Replacing what the Welsh Government describes as the current 'prescriptive, narrow and outdated curriculum introduced in 1988', the new curriculum plans will be rolled out across Wales from 2022.

The six Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs) include:

1. Languages, Literacy and Communication - (Welsh, English and international languages and literature)
2. Mathematics and Numeracy
3. Science and Technology - (Design and technology, engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry and physics)
4. Humanities - (History, geography, religious education, business studies and social studies)
5. Health and Well being - (Focuses on the physical, psychological, emotional and social aspects of life)
6. Expressive Arts - (Dance, drama, film and digital media, music, and visual arts linked by a common creative process and transferable skills)

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and Founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign said:

‘We welcome the draft curriculum announced today by the Welsh government. We hope the introduction of the six new Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs) which includes ‘Expressive Arts’ as the sixth area, will bring education in Wales into the 21st century, providing pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum which includes creative subjects. We call on the Department of Education take notice of the Welsh governments’ plans and take the necessary steps to abolish the narrow EBacc: a failing, headline accountability measure which is based on the 1904 Secondary regulations. We await the finer details of the consultation with interest.’