Guiding principles will underpin new curriculum qualifications

Thursday 21 Feb 2019

Qualifications for the new curriculum in Wales will be based on a set of guiding principles, the regulator says. 

In a letter to Minister for Education Kirsty Williams, Qualifications Wales has outlined that the principles will help decide how Wales’ children demonstrate achievement in school at the age of 16. 

Writing to the Minister, Chief Executive Philip Blaker and Chair Ann Evans say wider input will be needed to shape plans. 

“An essential feature of our approach will be to ensure that teachers, students and the wider education sector play a central role in shaping future qualifications,” they say. 

Recognising the important role that qualifications play in supporting learners to progress to further education and employment, we will also seek input from employers, colleges and universities from Wales and beyond. 

By engaging with others, we want to agree what the purposes of new qualifications should be and to develop key principles for determining the nature of the offer, including the mix of qualifications and subjects that should be available to 16-year-olds in Wales.” 

The letter confirms that the title of new qualifications will also be under consideration. The well-known GCSE brand is likely to remain, although qualification content and assessment would be designed to reflect the new curriculum  

The vision for new qualifications will be shared next year, allowing time to design, develop and prepare ahead of first teaching from 2025.