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Responding to the announcement by the Education Minister that secondary schools will have the option to delay the implementation of the new Curriculum for Wales by a year, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The NASUWT has been calling for the introduction of the new Curriculum for Wales to be postponed until at least September 2023.

“We have been warning that teachers have not had sufficient time to prepare for the new curriculum because of the Coronavirus pandemic and it is welcome that the minister has listened to our concerns and the concerns of teachers and school leaders.

“However, teachers working in primary schools have also faced exceptional challenges over the last 18 months and the NASUWT believes it would have made more sense to put the whole process of implementing the new curriculum on hold at present to allow for all schools to focus on education recovery.

“Staff working in primary schools are entitled to wonder why they are being expected to carry on regardless.”

Neil Butler, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:

“The offer of greater “flexibility” to secondary schools in deciding for themselves whether to delay the introduction of the new curriculum is too vague and leaves too much to the determination of individual school leaders. We are concerned some schools will choose to plough on regardless of whether they are ready for these changes.

“This is not helped by the decision to make schools which do choose to delay roll out the new curriculum to both years 7 and 8 next year.

“A universal and unified approach by the Welsh Government would have helped avoid a rushed and disjointed patchwork approach to the new curriculum which risks jeopardising its success, pushing up workload and stress for teachers and sowing confusion for pupils and parents.”


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