Rebecca Evans, Welsh Labour's Assembly candidate for Gower, has welcomed the news that two more schools in Gower will assist with curriculum design and development in Wales through the Pioneer Schools Network.
The Welsh Government has today announced that Ysgol Bryniago and Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr will join Llanrhidian Primary School and Pontarddulais Comprehensive School in leading the way in curriculum design and development. This work will complement the other two strands of the Pioneer Schools Network - the strand working on a Digital Competence Framework, and the strand delivering the New Deal for the Education Workforce.
Rebecca Evans said: "This is an exciting opportunity for these Gower schools to be engaged in designing and developing a new curriculum for Wales. Pioneer schools have a crucial role in ensuring that the Welsh Government's ambitious and exciting future for education in Wales is realised.
"At the heart of our new curriculum will be the aim of ensuring that our children are ambitious, capable learners ready to learn throughout their lives. We want them to be enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work, and ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world. The curriculum also has a role in helping our children to be healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society."
A new curriculum for Wales is being developed with education professionals across Wales with the aim of it being available to settings and schools by September 2018.
Making the announcement of the new curriculum design and development Pioneer Schools, Education Minister Huw Lewis said that the initiative "will help to ensure that the Welsh Government's ambitious programme of reform reaches its full potential, and delivers a first class education service for all our children and young people in Wales."
A further announcement providing an update on the appointment of additional Pioneer Schools focussing on the New Deal for the Education Workforce will be made later this month.