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The brand new curriculum places extra emphasis on digital expertise

An overhaul of the varsity curriculum in Wales ought to be delayed as a result of lecturers will not be ready for it, a union has mentioned.

Owen Hathway, from the NUT, mentioned it had requested the Welsh Authorities to delay implementing the modifications which require lecturers to be taught new expertise.

The Welsh Authorities mentioned all of the reforms it was engaged on had been linked and that have to be recognised.

The NUT’s annual convention is going down in Cardiff till Tuesday.

It’s meant for the new curriculum to be fully up and running by 2021.

However a committee of AMs mentioned in February there have been difficulties placing the brand new curriculum, proposed by Prof Graham Donaldson, into follow.

In accordance with the National Education Workforce Survey printed final week, 38.6% of faculty lecturers and 71% of provide lecturers who responded had been both by no means acquainted or not very conversant in Prof Donaldson’s report and suggestions.

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Media captionDavid Evans, NUT Cymru Secretary, mentioned members’ considerations ought to be listened to

Mr Hathway, the NUT’s Wales coverage officer, mentioned: “Clearly a major proportion of lecturers are unaware of the suggestions. Suggestions we have had does echo that survey.

“The instructing career itself could be very a lot on board with what Prof Donaldson put ahead, however I feel there is a sense we’re transferring there too rapidly.

“What it is asking lecturers to do is change their mindset from being micro-managed to a state of affairs the place they’re being advised to be modern, inventive and versatile.

“It is a good factor, nevertheless it’s a special ability set they usually have not essentially geared up the instructing career to ship the curriculum as it will be.

“We do not need to rush into it, faculties and lecturers are unprepared for it.

“Getting it proper is healthier than doing it proper now.”

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Owen Hathway mentioned “getting it proper is healthier than doing it proper now”

A spokesman for the Welsh Authorities mentioned: “The schooling workforce is taking part in a central function in designing the way forward for the curriculum and schooling system in addition to, for instance, contributing to the brand new Skilled Instructing Requirements.

“You will need to recognise that every one the reforms that we’re presently engaged on are linked.”

Mr Hathway added the divergence of schooling between England and Wales was on the agenda for the annual convention, reflecting the very fact a brand new curriculum is being introduced in.

“It is changing into a state of affairs the place you’ll be able to not examine the 2 schooling techniques,” he mentioned.

“The problem is how we assist our members in opposition to that backdrop.”