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Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills

First published:
4 December 2015
Last updated:

This was published under the 2011 to 2016 administration of the Welsh Government

In 'Qualified for life' I set out 4 strategic objectives for education reform:

  • An excellent professional workforce with strong pedagogy-based on an understanding of what works.
  • A curriculum which is engaging and attractive to children and young people and which develops within them an independent ability to apply knowledge and skills.
  • The qualifications young people achieve are nationally and internationally respected and act as a credible passport to their future learning and employment.
  • Leaders of education at every level working together in a self-improving system, providing mutual support and challenge to raise standards in all schools.

As I set out in A Curriculum for Wales – a curriculum for life, Graham Donaldson’s review of curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales, Successful Futures, together with the review of Initial Teacher Education and Training, Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers, and the commitment to the ‘New Deal’ for the education workforce, provide the foundations on which to build a world-class education system.

I am pleased to announce that, as part of the over-aching governance of the reform programme, I have brought together a group of key stakeholders to help ensure that our implementation of these reforms is effective and well communicated. The Curriculum for Wales Strategic Stakeholder Group will provide challenge, support and advice as we work together to develop the new curriculum. This group will meet 3 times a year, chaired by Steve Davies, Group Director of the Welsh Government’s School Standards & Workforce Group. The organisations listed below have been invited to join this group and asked to nominate one representative to attend.

The Curriculum for Wales Strategic Stakeholder Group held its first meeting yesterday and a useful and productive discussion took place. A note of this meeting will be published on the Welsh Government’s website in due course. As the Curriculum for Wales programme progresses, we will look to hold a number of additional focused stakeholder events and will continue to engage with and involve stakeholders as our curriculum develops.

Curriculum for Wales Strategic Stakeholder Group – Invited organisations:

Arts Council Wales
ASCL Cymru
Association of Directors of Education in Wales (ADEW)
ATL Cymru
Careers Wales
Children in Wales
Children's Commissioner for Wales
Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Government
Chief Scientific Adviser, Welsh Government
Co-operative College
Education Consortia
Faith Communities Forum
Governors Wales
National Adviser for Violence against Women, other forms of Gender-Based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
National Training Federation for Wales
National Union of Students Wales
Public Health Wales
Society of Schools for Welsh Medium Education (CYDAG)
Sport Wales
Wales Association of SACREs (WASACRE)
Welsh Language Commissioner
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Unite the Union
Universities' Council for the Education of Teachers Cymru
Voice the Union
Welsh Government Entrepreneurship Council
Welsh Local Government Association