Welsh schools are preparing for a number of far-reaching education changes, that will have a significant impact on students. Successful Futures is the Welsh Government’s vision for education and the new curriculum for Wales. It sets out a markedly different view from what has been done before and driven by “straightforward, enduring” purposes
- Enterprising, creative contributors
- Ambitious, capable learners
- Healthy, confident individuals
- Ethical, informed citizens
Having a collective understanding of what the curriculum is and does, and what kind of adults it is creating, is important when the detail of the new curriculum is considerably less than the current curriculum. The four purposes of the new curriculum provide teachers with the framework with which they can make choices about what and how to teach. The purposes serve as statements of intent for teachers and schools. As Donaldson himself quite clearly states they “should be developed through the curriculum”. The school’s responsibility is to identify which of these statements requires the most development for the pupils, and to then create learning which actively develops these skills in a step-by-step approach that actively progresses those attributes, skills and competences for each child.