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Curriculum For Wales Summary Statement

Blessed Carlo Acutis, our new school was formed on the 1st September 2022, following the closure of Bishop Hedley Catholic High School, St Aloysius, St Illtyd’s and St Mary’s Catholic Primary schools. The Blessed Carlo Acutis, Catholic School, is a 3-16 Catholic School serving the Heads of the Valleys. Prior to the opening of our new school, we worked together in our cluster of schools to develop a curriculum model and approach to deliver the Curriculum for Wales. Now that we are one, we are working together to take forward all our work on curriculum design and delivery, guided by our Catholic faith and Christian values.

The Curriculum cluster model was adopted by the previous Governing bodies and our new model will be agreed by the new Governing Body of Blessed Carlo Acutis Catholic School.

Our curriculum design and delivery meets the needs of the required mandatory elements, beginning with the four purposes, incorporating Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Religion and Values Education (RVE) legislation and Religious Education Curriculum Directory (RECD) requirements.

Our pedagogical approach to meet the aims and ambitions of the Curriculum for Wales has been developed over a number of years. We met together in our previous schools to share and discuss our practice to make sure there was continuity, progression and coherence across all phases and stages of learning. In our discussions and training, we focused on pupil progression steps and assessment frameworks in order that we can meet the learning needs of all pupils. The systems and practices created will be furthered refined and developed at our new school through our monitoring and evaluation processes, supported by our new Governing Body.

We are excited to open our new school at the same time as the Curriculum for Wales is launched in many schools across Wales. We are passionate about delivering a ‘purpose’ led curriculum with each child at the centre to make sure they are able to flourish and thrive with God’s love.

A New Curriculum for Wales!

This is an exciting time for the young people of Wales. A brand new Curriculum for Wales is on its way, designed to enthuse learners aged 3 to 16 and give them the foundations they need to succeed in an ever-changing world. 

The New Curriculum will have more emphasis on equipping young people for life. It will build their ability to learn new skills and apply their knowledge more confidently and creatively. As the world changes, they will be more able to adapt positively. They will also get a deeper understanding of how to thrive in an increasingly digital world, developing digital skills across the curriculum to prepare them for the opportunities and risks that an online world presents.

The purpose of the New Curriculum is to support our children and young people to achieve 4 Core Purposes, which are:

  • ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
  • enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
  • ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
  • healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society

It will have six ‘Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLE)’:

  • Expressive arts
  • Health and well-being
  • Humanities (including RE)
  • Languages, literacy and communication (including Welsh)
  • Mathematics and numeracy
  • Science and technology

It will also include three Cross-Curricular Responsibilities: 

  • Literacy 
  • Numeracy
  • Digital Competence

The New Curriculum arrangements give more flexibility to schools to design their own curriculum that meets the specific needs of their pupils and their wider community. 

From September 2022, the way children and young people learn in schools will change, to prepare them better for a changing world. The video below will outline the new curriculum.