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Liberal Democrats believe that

education is the key to empowering

people. We know that a

progressive education system

ensures that everyone, no matter

their background, has the

opportunity to reach their

potential. That is at the heart of

what we stand for.

Two years ago the Welsh Liberal

Democrats took the opportunity to

put our principles into practice

when I was appointed Wales'

Education Secretary.

Since then, the Tories in England

have pursued divisive pet projects

that will leave many young people

behind. In contrast, we in Wales

have embarked on far-reaching

reforms, based on international

evidence and best practice, which

raise standards for all and stop the

most disadvantaged falling behind.

At the heart of our reforms is

creating a whole new 'made in

Wales' curriculum. The world has

changed since Lord Baker's

'national' curriculum was first

taught back in 1989.

It isn't sustainable, or coherent, to

simply keep adding bits onto an

already crowded curriculum.

Instead, it's time to drag our

curriculum into the 21st century

and ensure our young people are

equipped for the modern world.

The purpose of our new curriculum

is clear; it is to support young

people to grow to be:

● ambitious, capable learners,

ready to learn all their lives;

● enterprising, creative

contributors, ready to play a full

part in life and work;

● ethical, informed citizens of

Wales and the world; and

● healthy, confident individuals,

ready to lead fulfilling lives as

valued members of society.

Embedded across the curriculum

will be literacy, numeracy and

Kirsty Williams AM talks about her works as Wales' Liberal

Democrat Minister for Education and Skills…

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