Speaking about yesterday’s announcement by the Minister for Education and Welsh Language that the implementation of the new curriculum will not be mandatory for secondary schools until September 2023, David Evans, Wales Secretary for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

Speaking about yesterday’s announcement by the Minister for Education and Welsh Language that the implementation of the new curriculum will not be mandatory for secondary schools until September 2023, David Evans, Wales Secretary for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“NEU Cymru notes the Minister’s statement yesterday. We have long been asking for a delay to the new curriculum to ensure that we get this right. Our members have always supported the new curriculum in principle, but there has been so much disruption caused by the pandemic in our schools in Wales, it is only right they have extra time and support to make sure that they are ready. However, urging schools to stick with the original implementation date if they can isn’t helpful and puts unwanted pressure on schools to do so.

“Our primary members may be worried that they must stick to the 2022 start – so we welcome removing the requirement for practitioners to undertake assessments for their pupils during the upcoming academic year for those year groups who will be transitioning to the new curriculum in September 2022. However, we would have preferred the implementation of the new curriculum to have been delayed for primary schools as well.

“We also welcome the £7.24m of additional funding for this financial year that will go directly to schools to support them with curriculum reform.

“The pandemic is not over. As much as we would all like to focus on education for our young people, we know there will be more disruption to come over the next year – with people off isolating to protect their peers and the wider community. We therefore hope that the focus on wellbeing for everyone in the education system remains a top priority.”

ENDS

Press contacts:

The National Education Union is an amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT), formed on 1 September 2017. Please see the below contact details for assistance:

Contact: Gareth Lloyd – Senior Wales Officer – National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Mob: 07815 071419.

e-mail: gareth.lloyd@neu.org.uk

Note to editors:

  • The National Education Union stands up for the future of education. It brings together the voices of teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges to form the largest education union in Wales.
  • The National Education Union is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). It is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.

“NEU Cymru notes the Minister’s statement yesterday. We have long been asking for a delay to the new curriculum to ensure that we get this right. Our members have always supported the new curriculum in principle, but there has been so much disruption caused by the pandemic in our schools in Wales, it is only right they have extra time and support to make sure that they are ready. However, urging schools to stick with the original implementation date if they can isn’t helpful and puts unwanted pressure on schools to do so.

“Our primary members may be worried that they must stick to the 2022 start – so we welcome removing the requirement for practitioners to undertake assessments for their pupils during the upcoming academic year for those year groups who will be transitioning to the new curriculum in September 2022. However, we would have preferred the implementation of the new curriculum to have been delayed for primary schools as well.

“We also welcome the £7.24m of additional funding for this financial year that will go directly to schools to support them with curriculum reform.

“The pandemic is not over. As much as we would all like to focus on education for our young people, we know there will be more disruption to come over the next year – with people off isolating to protect their peers and the wider community. We therefore hope that the focus on wellbeing for everyone in the education system remains a top priority.”

ENDS

Press contacts:

The National Education Union is an amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT), formed on 1 September 2017. Please see the below contact details for assistance:

Contact: Gareth Lloyd – Senior Wales Officer – National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Mob: 07815 071419.

e-mail: gareth.lloyd@neu.org.uk

Note to editors:

  • The National Education Union stands up for the future of education. It brings together the voices of teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges to form the largest education union in Wales.
  • The National Education Union is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). It is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.