AD LIB NOV 18 | PAGE 12
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'
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…