Successful Futures (Donaldson, 2015) was an independent review of national curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales. Published in February 2015, the review contains 68 recommendations, of which 19 recommendations relate to assessment. All of these recommendations have been accepted by Welsh Government. Qualifications Wales has been and remains a stakeholder in the development of the new curriculum.
As a response to the recommendations outlined in the review, a new curriculum is being developed which will impact on the qualifications taken by learners in Wales at age 16. As this new curriculum is being designed to cover state school provision for 3-16 year olds, A levels are out of scope of reform, however, could be impacted upon.
A draft version of the curriculum will be made available for feedback by Welsh Government in April 2019. The final version of the new curriculum is currently planned to be available from January 2020 but only taught from September 2022. The development and implementation of the new curriculum is being led by members of the Welsh Government’s Education Department who are working closely with Pioneer teachers from six Area’s of Learning Experience; Mathematics & Numeracy, Languages, Literacy & Communication, Science & Technology, Humanities, Expressive Arts and Health & Well Being. Qualifications Wales is supporting these groups.
Qualifications Wales recently gave a presentation on qualifications for the new curriculum and a possible timeline for the development of these qualifications. The presentation is available here.
Further details about curriculum reform can be found on the curriculum pages of the Welsh Government website.