A MASSIVE revamp of education in Wales has been announced.

The new Welsh curriculum has been in development for a number of years, and now details of the changes the Welsh Government is proposing to make have been revealed.

Among them are for traditional subject boundaries to be eliminated and replaced with a series of ‘Areas of Learning and Experience’, or AOLEs, covering the humanities, health and wellbeing, science and technology, languages, literacy and communications, expressive arts, and maths.

Schools will continue to be required by law to teach both English and Welsh, along with religious studies and relationships and sexuality education, while literacy, numeracy and digital competence will be required for pupils aged up to 16.

But religious studies will be revamped to include non-religious world views such as humanism and, as announced earlier this month, Welsh will no longer be classed as a second language, but placed on an equal footing with English.

Meanwhile, the current key stages will be scrapped and replaced with ‘progression steps’ measured at ages five, eight, 11, 14 and 16, with assessment based on an individual pupil’s progression, taking their own circumstances into account.

The Welsh Government has said the proposals represent “the biggest shake-up of Wales’ curriculum since the 1980s”.

Education minister Kirsty Williams said: “We want a curriculum that focuses also on equality as well as quality to ensure our young people leave school as confident individuals, empathetic individuals and ready to play a full life in the world of work, in the world of Wales – indeed, as citizens of the world.”

Ms Williams added the new curriculum, which is being developed alongside teachers from across Wales, will come into force for primary schools and year seven pupils in September 2022, meaning it will be fully rolled out across all year groups by 2026. To take part in the consultation, visit tinyurl.com/ybhmrotv