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 the 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 would be able to shape their own curriculum. This 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.
Under strand 3 & 4, Miss Allen started working within the Expressive Arts Area of Learning and Experience (AoLE), which is one of the six AoLEs that Donaldson suggested were needed to develop our young learners into the future. This AoLE contains 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 as required and is currently part of the Assessment Expert Group.
In April 2018 Ysgol Bryn Gwalia finished their work in the pioneer group and had an application accepted to continue their pioneer work through becoming an Innovation School. There are 16 Innovation schools altogether across Wales. Currently Ysgol Bryn Gwalia are the only primary school in North Wales that are are part of this Innovation group.
Watch the Welsh Government video below for an explanation of how the new curriculum for Wales.