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Responding to the publication of the draft Curriculum for Wales Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union said:
 
“The NASUWT agrees that in the words of the Donaldson Review the new curriculum should be ‘built for the profession, by the profession’ and in that spirit the Union welcomed proposals for a new curriculum in Welsh schools.
 
“But the successful  implementation of any curriculum must feature meaningful engagement by the teaching profession.
 
“Regrettably the Donaldson agenda of consensus-building in the profession has been progressively undermined.
 
“The vast majority of teachers, including most of those in the Welsh Government’s small Pioneer Schools network have not been consulted and have been disenfranchised from the process of building the new curriculum.
 
“The NASUWT will now study the proposals carefully and its response will be guided by the views of its members and the interests of children and young people across Wales.”
 
Neil Butler, NASUWT National Official Wales said:
 
“We are extremely concerned that the current versions of the design of the curriculum will reduce the need for specialist subject teachers as well as the traditional distinction between core and foundation subjects.
 
“This could lead schools and local authorities to reduce costs by lowering teaching staff levels and undermine the sense of ownership that the teaching profession must have of these reforms if they are to be implemented successfully.”

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