Minister launches Wales curriculum review

REVIEW: Welsh education minister Huw Lewis AM

REVIEW: Welsh education minister Huw Lewis AM

First published in News

A WIDE ranging review of what children are taught in Wales’ schools was announced this morning.

Huw Lewis, Welsh education minister, has announced that Professor Graham Donaldson is to lead a comprehensive, wide ranging review of the National Curriculum in Wales.

The review will be tasked with putting forward recommendations “for a clear vision” for education in Wales, the Welsh Government said.

Mr Lewis said: “I want to see the development of a distinct Curriculum for Wales.

“This is a real opportunity to develop a rigorous and robust curriculum for our students here in Wales. A programme of learning which supports them to think, do prosper, adapt and most importantly succeed in life.

“That’s why I’m delighted that Professor Donaldson has agreed to take forward this important task. He brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and skill, as well as a personal commitment to continuous improvement and attainment of the highest standards.

“I look forward to seeing his recommendations.”

The review will consolidate the work of a number of other studies, including the review of Welsh second language in Key Stages 3 and 4.

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1:29pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

The UK learning norm is incompatible with e.g. Chinese norms where their children are 5 YEARS ahead at the same age with Maths/Science etc... Unless you can get these kids of their mobiles for long enough to teach them anything I cannot see much hope, or, that their parents send them to school at around 4-5 years of age unable to talk properly, and only 15% bothered to help them read anything. The issues are clearly from birth to school start. Years ago there was a normal expectation that a child commencing school at 4 or 5 had sufficient communication schools to enter an educational establishment. Now parents do nothing and blame teachers.
The UK learning norm is incompatible with e.g. Chinese norms where their children are 5 YEARS ahead at the same age with Maths/Science etc... Unless you can get these kids of their mobiles for long enough to teach them anything I cannot see much hope, or, that their parents send them to school at around 4-5 years of age unable to talk properly, and only 15% bothered to help them read anything. The issues are clearly from birth to school start. Years ago there was a normal expectation that a child commencing school at 4 or 5 had sufficient communication schools to enter an educational establishment. Now parents do nothing and blame teachers. Mervyn James
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1:31pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

The logical answer is to send the kids back home until they are suitable to be taught.
The logical answer is to send the kids back home until they are suitable to be taught. Mervyn James
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2:05pm Wed 12 Mar 14

whatintheworld says...

Mervyn James wrote:
The UK learning norm is incompatible with e.g. Chinese norms where their children are 5 YEARS ahead at the same age with Maths/Science etc... Unless you can get these kids of their mobiles for long enough to teach them anything I cannot see much hope, or, that their parents send them to school at around 4-5 years of age unable to talk properly, and only 15% bothered to help them read anything. The issues are clearly from birth to school start. Years ago there was a normal expectation that a child commencing school at 4 or 5 had sufficient communication schools to enter an educational establishment. Now parents do nothing and blame teachers.
more "back in my day" nonsense.

mobile phones are not the reason kids aren't doing so well in school - people said the same when tv came around; home video-game consoles and comics have also been blamed.

you might be on to something with the parents though.

whatever the "solution" is, i hope it is as far from the chinese model as possible!
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: The UK learning norm is incompatible with e.g. Chinese norms where their children are 5 YEARS ahead at the same age with Maths/Science etc... Unless you can get these kids of their mobiles for long enough to teach them anything I cannot see much hope, or, that their parents send them to school at around 4-5 years of age unable to talk properly, and only 15% bothered to help them read anything. The issues are clearly from birth to school start. Years ago there was a normal expectation that a child commencing school at 4 or 5 had sufficient communication schools to enter an educational establishment. Now parents do nothing and blame teachers.[/p][/quote]more "back in my day" nonsense. mobile phones are not the reason kids aren't doing so well in school - people said the same when tv came around; home video-game consoles and comics have also been blamed. you might be on to something with the parents though. whatever the "solution" is, i hope it is as far from the chinese model as possible! whatintheworld
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2:43pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

Nothing comes from nothing. At least the Chinese know what hard work is.
Nothing comes from nothing. At least the Chinese know what hard work is. Melvyn The Milk
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3:46pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Grüngemüse says...

How bad do things have to get before they acknowledge the Elephant-in-the-room
, The dog-in-the-manger, The Sacred cow?

I refer, of course, to Welsh language policies.

There needs to be a realisation of the extend to which Welsh Medium Schools (WMS) are dragging down education standards in Wales.

They get disproportionate funds and support at the expense of mainstream schools. Don't believe it? - ask any mainstream head teacher.

It is a middle class fad to send children from english speaking homes to WMSs in the misguided belief they the are somehow better. Check out the much lower levels of free school meal pupils at WMSs.

WMSs then dump their failures into the mainstream system to further depress their figures. There are typically 50 pupils dumped, damaged, in Caerphilly county every year. Check out your local council with a freedom of Information request. You wouldn't want this to happen to your child would you?

Another false claim by WMSs is that their pupils are better equipped to learn more languages. In reality only around a third of pupils at WMSs go on to study a modern foreign language, compared with about a half in mainstream schools.

There is a growing industry where parents of pupils at WMSs are having to pay for private remedial teaching to make up for the deficiencies of WMSs.

After all this achievement in WMSs can only achieve a percentage point or so either way of the figures for mainstream schools.

The 2011 census showed that of the children who were at school in the 2001 census a large proportion no longer identified themselves as Welsh speakers. Which begs the question - what did they learn at school.

There is a glimmer of hope in that the news article reports that compulsory Welsh GCSEs are being reviewed. The whole compulsory teaching of Welsh has degenerated to a forlorn farce. As an additional compulsory subject, over and above those taken in England, it detracts further from potential achievement in Wales. It is high tie that this discredited policy is abandoned.
How bad do things have to get before they acknowledge the Elephant-in-the-room , The dog-in-the-manger, The Sacred cow? I refer, of course, to Welsh language policies. There needs to be a realisation of the extend to which Welsh Medium Schools (WMS) are dragging down education standards in Wales. They get disproportionate funds and support at the expense of mainstream schools. Don't believe it? - ask any mainstream head teacher. It is a middle class fad to send children from english speaking homes to WMSs in the misguided belief they the are somehow better. Check out the much lower levels of free school meal pupils at WMSs. WMSs then dump their failures into the mainstream system to further depress their figures. There are typically 50 pupils dumped, damaged, in Caerphilly county every year. Check out your local council with a freedom of Information request. You wouldn't want this to happen to your child would you? Another false claim by WMSs is that their pupils are better equipped to learn more languages. In reality only around a third of pupils at WMSs go on to study a modern foreign language, compared with about a half in mainstream schools. There is a growing industry where parents of pupils at WMSs are having to pay for private remedial teaching to make up for the deficiencies of WMSs. After all this achievement in WMSs can only achieve a percentage point or so either way of the figures for mainstream schools. The 2011 census showed that of the children who were at school in the 2001 census a large proportion no longer identified themselves as Welsh speakers. Which begs the question - what did they learn at school. There is a glimmer of hope in that the news article reports that compulsory Welsh GCSEs are being reviewed. The whole compulsory teaching of Welsh has degenerated to a forlorn farce. As an additional compulsory subject, over and above those taken in England, it detracts further from potential achievement in Wales. It is high tie that this discredited policy is abandoned. Grüngemüse
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7:33pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Monmouthshire Merlin says...

Grüngemüse wrote:
How bad do things have to get before they acknowledge the Elephant-in-the-room

, The dog-in-the-manger, The Sacred cow?

I refer, of course, to Welsh language policies.

There needs to be a realisation of the extend to which Welsh Medium Schools (WMS) are dragging down education standards in Wales.

They get disproportionate funds and support at the expense of mainstream schools. Don't believe it? - ask any mainstream head teacher.

It is a middle class fad to send children from english speaking homes to WMSs in the misguided belief they the are somehow better. Check out the much lower levels of free school meal pupils at WMSs.

WMSs then dump their failures into the mainstream system to further depress their figures. There are typically 50 pupils dumped, damaged, in Caerphilly county every year. Check out your local council with a freedom of Information request. You wouldn't want this to happen to your child would you?

Another false claim by WMSs is that their pupils are better equipped to learn more languages. In reality only around a third of pupils at WMSs go on to study a modern foreign language, compared with about a half in mainstream schools.

There is a growing industry where parents of pupils at WMSs are having to pay for private remedial teaching to make up for the deficiencies of WMSs.

After all this achievement in WMSs can only achieve a percentage point or so either way of the figures for mainstream schools.

The 2011 census showed that of the children who were at school in the 2001 census a large proportion no longer identified themselves as Welsh speakers. Which begs the question - what did they learn at school.

There is a glimmer of hope in that the news article reports that compulsory Welsh GCSEs are being reviewed. The whole compulsory teaching of Welsh has degenerated to a forlorn farce. As an additional compulsory subject, over and above those taken in England, it detracts further from potential achievement in Wales. It is high tie that this discredited policy is abandoned.
How very true. An excellent post!
My eldest son attained his short course GCSE last year.
What a waste of time and effort that was.
To quote, 'we were all determined to get our GCSE, but at the expense of a more beneficial language GCSE like, Mandarin or Spanish. it's a shame the all political party's don't get it, Welsh has no relevance, even my mates at WMS all choose to speak English as their first choice language. '

Welsh has no economic value beyond the border of Offa's Dyke.
Time to drop this forlorn farce!
[quote][p][bold]Grüngemüse[/bold] wrote: How bad do things have to get before they acknowledge the Elephant-in-the-room , The dog-in-the-manger, The Sacred cow? I refer, of course, to Welsh language policies. There needs to be a realisation of the extend to which Welsh Medium Schools (WMS) are dragging down education standards in Wales. They get disproportionate funds and support at the expense of mainstream schools. Don't believe it? - ask any mainstream head teacher. It is a middle class fad to send children from english speaking homes to WMSs in the misguided belief they the are somehow better. Check out the much lower levels of free school meal pupils at WMSs. WMSs then dump their failures into the mainstream system to further depress their figures. There are typically 50 pupils dumped, damaged, in Caerphilly county every year. Check out your local council with a freedom of Information request. You wouldn't want this to happen to your child would you? Another false claim by WMSs is that their pupils are better equipped to learn more languages. In reality only around a third of pupils at WMSs go on to study a modern foreign language, compared with about a half in mainstream schools. There is a growing industry where parents of pupils at WMSs are having to pay for private remedial teaching to make up for the deficiencies of WMSs. After all this achievement in WMSs can only achieve a percentage point or so either way of the figures for mainstream schools. The 2011 census showed that of the children who were at school in the 2001 census a large proportion no longer identified themselves as Welsh speakers. Which begs the question - what did they learn at school. There is a glimmer of hope in that the news article reports that compulsory Welsh GCSEs are being reviewed. The whole compulsory teaching of Welsh has degenerated to a forlorn farce. As an additional compulsory subject, over and above those taken in England, it detracts further from potential achievement in Wales. It is high tie that this discredited policy is abandoned.[/p][/quote]How very true. An excellent post! My eldest son attained his short course GCSE last year. What a waste of time and effort that was. To quote, 'we were all determined to get our GCSE, but at the expense of a more beneficial language GCSE like, Mandarin or Spanish. it's a shame the all political party's don't get it, Welsh has no relevance, even my mates at WMS all choose to speak English as their first choice language. ' Welsh has no economic value beyond the border of Offa's Dyke. Time to drop this forlorn farce! Monmouthshire Merlin
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