A New Curriculum in Wales

A Changing Curriculum at St. Alban’s

The story so far:

Our national mission is to raise standards, reduce the gap and deliver an education system that is a source of national pride and public confidence.

Both at national level and at school level the curriculum needs to prepare young people to thrive in a future where, digital skills, adaptability and creativity are crucial. Where there is a blend of experiences, knowledge and skills, that is rooted in Welsh values and culture.

The curriculum will provide learners with authentic and relevant learning experiences, and equip them with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to respond to future challenges as lifelong learners.

We will continue to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which comprises the six areas of learning.  Welsh, English, Religious Education, relationships and sexuality education, and the three cross-curricular responsibilities of literacy, numeracy and digital competence, must be embedded, in the areas of learning and experience as appropriate.

Areas of Learning and Experience

Expressive Arts Art, Drama, Dance, Media, Music
Health and Well-being PE, PSE team
Humanities Geography, History, RE, Business Studies, and Social Studies
Languages, Literacy and Communication English, Welsh and International Languages
Mathematics and Numeracy Maths department
Science and Technology Science, DT and ICT

The four purposes of the curriculum, have guided the whole design and development of curriculum for Wales 2022.  They are the starting point for all decisions, to ensure we are developing young people as:

  • ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
  • enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
  • ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
  • healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

As a school, we have already engaged in mapping the opportunities our learners have in realising these four purposes.  We have involved our young people in identifying the strengths within our current curriculum as well as suggesting areas they would be interested in developing further.

We welcome the reform and feel excited about the possibilities the new curriculum can offer us to develop a curriculum to prepare our students for the world beyond St. Alban’s.  We will continue to work on making the necessary modifications to implement the changes with the guidance of our colleagues and learners.  We will continue to share how this curriculum evolves both nationally and for us as a school.  If you have any further questions please contact our deputy headteacher (