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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union is calling for the introduction of the new Curriculum for Wales to be postponed until at least September 2023.

Teachers have not had sufficient time to prepare for the new curriculum because of the coronavirus pandemic, representatives at the NASUWT Cymru Conference heard today.

Secondary school teachers are also dealing with added pressure in delivering and assessing GCSE and A level qualifications this year after exams were cancelled.
Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“The Government must allow teachers to focus on return to education following months of disruption due to the pandemic.

“Teachers are already working flat out and cannot be expected in the current circumstances to meet the Government’s original target for introducing the new curriculum by September 2022, as if coronavirus had never happened.

“It is vital that these substantial changes to the curriculum are introduced in a way which commands the confidence of teachers, pupils and parents.”
Neil Butler, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:

“The Government will put the success of this new curriculum at risk if it does not delay its implementation.

“We are concerned that there is a serious lack of clarity in the new curriculum, which could significantly add to teachers’ workloads.

“The Government must make the only sensible decision – to postpone the new curriculum until at least September 2023 so that it can run smoothly from the start.”


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