Happy, happy, happy. Everything in the educational garden is rosy in Wales.
Or maybe not.
Because some people are asking: Is Curriculum for Excellence right for Wales?
"Scottish Education Secretary John Swinney has raised concerns over Scotland's curriculum - the blueprint for reform in Wales."
"A major overhaul of Wales’ national curriculum has been called into question after warnings teachers could end up on a `mystery tour` of what and how children learn in Welsh classrooms."
"It follows concerns from Scottish Education Secretary John Swinney that similar curriculum reform in Scotland – which is being used by the Welsh Government as a blueprint – has caused confusion as to what is expected of pupils and teachers."
"He said Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), which was implemented in Scottish schools in 2010, provided a broader education for young people but `what the system requires is greater and sharper clarity over what is expected`..."
Welsh Conservative education spokesman Darren Millar has said:
"...[The] Scottish Education Secretary is so openly critical of his own country’s curriculum reform, now six years into being, it would be reckless for the Welsh Government to push ahead with a reform so closely based on the same model without first pushing the pause button to reassess."
You betcha !
AND: "Professor Donaldson, whose report into Wales` national curriculum recommended that key stages be ditched and replaced with `progressive steps` was heavily involved in the development of Curriculum for Excellence."
Recall that GIRFEC is at the heart of Curriculum for Excellence. As well as practice being a `mystery tour`, it means that the principles which underpin the curriculum have proven to be a disaster !
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