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The national curriculum

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This section contains information about guidance and resources that are available to help schools in their planning of the curriculum and assessment.
This document provides guidance on the provision of financial education for 7 to 19-year olds in Wales in schools and colleges.
The distinct approach being taken in Wales to transform the way in which young people are educated.

The school curriculum for 3 to 19-year-olds in Wales, implemented from September 2008, established a curriculum for the twenty-first century.

It meets the needs of individual learners whilst taking account of the broader needs of Wales.

The school curriculum:

  • focuses on the learner
  • ensures that appropriate skills development is woven throughout the curriculum
  • offers reduced subject content with an increased focus on skills
  • focuses on continuity and progression 3-19, by building on the Foundation Phase and linking effectively with the 14-19 Learning Pathways programme
  • is flexible
  • supports government policy, including: bilingualism, Curriculum Cymreig/Wales, Europe and the World, equal opportunities, food and fitness, sustainable development and global citizenship and the world of work and entrepreneurship
  • continues to deliver a distinctive curriculum that is appropriate for Wales.

The school curriculum comprises the following areas:

  • Foundation Phase
  • skills development
  • National Curriculum
  • Personal and Social Education
  • sex education
  • careers and the world of work
  • religious education.