Today our Welsh Liberal Democrat MS, Kirsty Williams, launched the parliamentary journey of the new Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill. Our current curriculum was designed in 1988 and is simply no longer fit for purpose. Through working with stakeholders across our education sector, including learners themselves, we are proud of Kirsty’s work in developing our national mission and presenting the first-ever made in Wales curriculum, where “no one, nowhere, is written off”.
We are proud to see that this new curriculum is one that puts mental health and wellbeing at its heart. Speaking in the Senedd today, Kirsty said that “mental health and wellbeing cannot be achieved by our children simply by learning a lesson about it, we have to create the conditions within the school itself to be a healthy environment.” Also launched today, was the consultation on embedding the whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing. We know that good mental health is “not a nice to have, or something a bit out there” but something essential to children’s ability to learn.
We are thrilled to see a curriculum that as well as putting wellbeing at its core, is also diverse. From delivering inclusive relationships and sex education, to one that values all of our histories and recognising the diversity of experiences that have helped build our country. In the debate today, Kirsty Willams set out that “we expect our histories to be taught in the pluralistic way, which challenges both the amazing contributions of Welsh people within our own nation and across the world and sometimes things that should make us feel a bit uncomfortable”.
We are so pleased to see this radical transformation of the Welsh curriculum and look forward to seeing how it develops on the journey through parliament, building an education system that supports young people in their journey to becoming confident, capable and compassionate citizens of Wales and the world.