Arts Council of Wales today warmly welcomed the new National Curriculum for Wales announced 30th April 2019, by Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams AM.

Commenting today, Diane Hebb, Director of Engagement and Participation Arts Council of Wales said:

We are delighted that the National Curriculum for Wales, announced today, so closely reflects the Arts Council of Wales’ and Welsh Government Creative learning through the arts programme - in operation since 2015. It has focused on improving and increasing opportunities to experience the atrs, and develop creative skills to transform teaching and learning across the whole curriculum. This has improved attainment in literacy and numeracy. 

“Over 100,000 pupils have now benefitted from the programme, and we’ve seen clear evidence that by nurturing and developing the creativity of our learners, through arts based learning, we’re taking steps to achieve their academic potential and become citizens of Wales and the world.

“We hope that the new curriculum, as we’ve seen with the Creative learning through the arts programme, will contribute to closing the gap between the best and least well performing pupils. We look forward to continuing to contribute to the curriculum’s development in the months and years to come.”