Welsh government proposes arts as core area of 2022 “broad and balanced curriculum”

Posted on: May 16, 2019

“Arts subjects would be embedded into the national curriculum for Wales under new proposals from the Welsh government,” writes Giverny Masso in last Thursday’s (5/9) The Stage (U.K.). “Teachers would also be encouraged to use the arts to teach other areas of the curriculum, for instance using scriptwriting to improve punctuation in literacy and using dance to teach aspects of maths. The Welsh government is proposing a new curriculum in which schools would be required to provide a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’ in which the arts would become one of six core ‘areas of learning and experience.’ These are the expressive arts; health and well-being; humanities; languages, literacy and communication; mathematics and numeracy; and science and technology. Expressive arts covers … art, dance, drama, film and digital media, and music, with all learners entitled to access all five subjects. The release of the draft curriculum follows widespread concerns in the theatre industry that the arts are being sidelined in secondary schools…. The Welsh government has launched a consultation on the proposals with schools, children, parents and other stakeholders…. Curriculum for Wales 2022, which covers pupils aged three to 16, will then be refined and … rolled out from September 2022.”

Posted May 16, 2019