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Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education

First published:
21 September 2016
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

As I said in my statement of 16 June, my priority as Cabinet Secretary for Education is to raise the aspirations in Wales for all children and young people, broadening horizons and developing ambition so that all can achieve.  

Today I am formally launching the first part of that new curriculum to be made available, the Digital Competence Framework (DCF). It is an important milestone on the way to our new curriculum and was fast-tracked to respond to identified need.

Digital competence is a fundamental skill in our modern world and will form one of three cross-curricular responsibilities, alongside literacy and numeracy.  The DCF focuses on developing digital skills that are useful in everyday life and transferrable to the world of work.  It is designed for all children in Wales, covering the development of skills from the earliest stages, including ‘Routes for Learning’, and also providing our more able and talented young people with challenge.

Teaching resources to support its use will be published throughout the Autumn term and beyond.  

We will continue to work with the profession to identify what types of support are needed to give all teachers the skills and confidence to use the DCF.  A professional learning offer will be put in place to deliver on those support needs.

The DCF will put Wales in a world-leading position in terms of integrating digital skills across the curriculum. The DCF and supporting guidance documents can be found here: