Job Vacancies

Policy Officer – Curriculum for Wales and Welsh in Education 

Closing Date: 9th October 2020 Mid-day

About the Role

Based within the Education, Lifelong Learning, Culture and Leisure Directorate in the WLGA the post holder will support the Head of Education in providing specialist policy advice and support on all aspects of the Curriculum for Wales and Welsh in Education national strategies and practice.

The role will require a good knowledge and detailed understanding of the provision of education and lifelong learning in Wales.

The post-holder will be a key-contact for the WLGA on policy areas that fall within the remit of the post, including curriculum reform, post-16 provision, qualification and assessment and performance, improvement and pedagogy.


Information about the Curriculum and Assessment Bill (Bill)

The Curriculum and Assessment Bill (Bill) was introduced into the Senedd on July 6th, 2020. The Bill will create new curriculum requirements for all learners aged 3 to 16 in maintained or funded non-maintained nursery education. It will replace the current national curriculum and basic curriculum.

The legislation will place duties on and provide powers for headteachers and governing bodies of maintained schools, providers of funded non-maintained education, persons who arrange EOTAS, the person in charge of a PRU, local authorities and the Welsh Ministers.

A number of components of the new curriculum framework will be mandatory and will have to be complied with – these are the curriculum requirements. Beyond the curriculum requirements, schools will have discretion as to how they design their curriculum. 

The new curriculum will be taught in all schools and funded non-maintained settings up to Year 7 from September 2022. It will then roll out year by year until it includes Year 11 by 2026.

There will also be changes to improve how children and young people in education are assessed, support children and young people with additional learning needs and teacher and practitioner training and accountability. These improvements will complement the new curriculum.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Local Government House in Cardiff is currently closed, with adjustments made to enable team members to work fully and flexibly from home. 

For an informal discussion / further information, please contact Sharon Davies ( / 07425125403).


Commencement of the post:  4th January 2021

21 September 2020 13:49:00

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