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      Pioneer School

      The Welsh educational curriculum for 3-16 year olds is being transformed and Ysgol Bryn Gwalia have been an integral part right from the beginning.

      Following the publication of the "Successful Futures" document by Professor Donaldson in March 2015, Ysgol Bryn Gwalia applied to become a Curriculum Pioneer School and was invited in November to help shape the discussions of the initial strategy document with the headteacher, Mr Jones, becoming a member of the Strategic Design Group. For the first time teachers will shape their own curriculum. This has necessitated frequent visits to Cardiff to meet with other teaching professionals and educational experts. His first job was to help write one of the initial strategy strands, "Welsh Dimension, International Perspective and Wider Skills". As part of this work, Mr Jones presented this strategy paper to over 150 leaders of education in January 2017 in Llandudno.

      Currently under Strand 3 & 4, Miss Allen is working on the Expressive Arts Area of Learning and Experience (AoLE), which is one of the six AoLEs that Donaldson suggests are needed to develop our young learners into the future. This AoLE will contain the curriculum for subjects such as Music, Visual Art, Dance, Drama and Film & Digital Media and put creativity slap bang in the centre of each child's learning.

      Mr Jones continues to represent Strand 1 & 2 as required and is currently part of the Assessment Expert Group.

      Watch the Welsh Government video below for an explanation of how the new curriculum for Wales.