Tuesday 26 Sep 2017

New curriculum timeline welcomed by Qualifications Wales

Qualifications Wales has welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision to publish a new timeline for the introduction of the new curriculum.

Cabinet Secretary Kirsty Williams announced today that the new curriculum will be introduced in 2022, with the first cohort of 16-year-olds to have followed the new curriculum sitting their end of school exams in summer 2027.

“We welcome the revised timeline set out in the national education plan. We will continue to work closely with Welsh Government and Pioneer Schools to look at what new qualifications will be needed to support the new curriculum,” said Chief Executive Philip Blaker.

“We recognise that any new qualifications will need to be in place well before their go-live date of September 2025. We will make sure that they are ready in plenty of time for schools and teachers to prepare for teaching them, and for bilingual resources to be available to support teachers and learners.”

Qualifications Wales is working closely with the Pioneer Schools network on the development of the new curriculum. It is also reviewing the range of qualifications currently taken by 14 to 16-year-olds to assess the changes that will be needed to support the new curriculum.

In 2018 the regulator will publish the outcomes of its evaluation of the latest qualification reforms to identify lessons that can be applied to future changes.