Improve school finances and give teachers necessary training or new curriculum could be 'disastrous'

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In response to the publication of the draft Welsh curriculum, Plaid Cymru has warned that the whole curriculum reform project could fail unless school finances are brought into a better state of health, and unless teachers are given access to the professional development they need to be able to deliver the curriculum.

Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Education Minister Siân Gwenllian AM said:

“The new curriculum has the potential of revolutionising the learning experience of Welsh children and young people.

“But if schools are not able to prioritise the development of completely new ways of working locally and if there is inadequate training and professional development opportunities for teachers, and crucially if school finances do not improve, the whole initiative could prove disastrous for future generations.

“Plaid Cymru has been broadly supportive of the principles behind this major reform but have also been aware of growing concerns about implementation that are being voiced by the teaching profession. Experts say the new curriculum will be too generalised and a lot will be left to individual teachers.

“Lack of adequate training and professional development around this huge change is also causing anxiety. Such fundamental changes need to be funded adequately but this is an era of dwindling school budgets.

“Plaid Cymru believes that the curriculum should reflect Welsh experiences and Welsh history as well as equipping our young people with modern life and workplace skills. I look forward to seeing the detail on this.

“The next phase is crucial and I look forward to listening to the feedback and to engaging constructively in this important debate.”

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