Swansea University has been involved in recent changes to the curriculum in Wales. As part of an ongoing commitment to the civic mission of the University, we are building a group of researchers interested in studying the new curriculum, and curriculum studies more generally.
This is an exciting time to be studying the curriculum in Wales. Not only is the new Curriculum for Wales being rolled out, but this new curriculum gives a lot of freedom to schools and teachers.
This means that for the first time in a long while, teachers are going to be thinking about some big questions about education. What is education? What do schools aim to do? Where should and shouldn't schools intervene? How can the ambitious new curriculum continue to build on the foundations of the old curriculum?
At the end of the day, the curriculum dictates how schoolchildren spend a large part of their lives. A bad curriculum can waste children's time, and a good curriculum can improve their lives and society around them.