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Ysgol Bryn Gwalia C.P.

Growing Together, Aiming High

Pioneer School

The Welsh educational curriculum for 3-16 year olds is being transformed and Ysgol Bryn Gwalia have been an integral part of this 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.


For the first time, teachers would be able to shape their own curriculum. This necessitated frequent meetings with other teaching professionals and educational experts. School staff contributed to the development of a key document, "Welsh Dimension, International Perspective and Wider Skills". 


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.


Mrs Dalton now represents the school as a 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.

Curriculum for Wales