Pioneer School


Herbert Thompson is very proud to have been selected as one of the Welsh Government's Pioneer schools to lead effective professional learning to ensure teachers and practitioners can deliver the new curriculum.  We have an onsite Improvement Hub where we deliver and facilitate numerous programmes throughout the year in conjunction with Central South Consortia, supporting excellence in teaching and pedagogy.

A New School Curriculum for Wales

Alongside being a Pioneer Lead for Professional Learning we are very proactive in the implementation of the new Curriculum in regards to Pedagogy,  the Core Purposes and Digital Competence. 

Please click on the link below to find out more about the new curriculum changes.

Below is some further information into the aims of the new curriculum devised by Welsh Government in light of Prof Graham Donaldson's report "Successful Futures". The whole approach is to develop young people aged 3 to 16.  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 subject knowledge more positively and creatively. As the world changes, they will be more able to adapt positively.




The Four Core Purposes

The purpose of the new curriculum is to support our children and young people to be:

  • 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.


Key Elements


The new curriculum will include:

  • 6 Areas of Learning and Experience from 3 to 16

  • 3 cross curriculum responsibilities: literacy, numeracy and digital competence

  • progression reference points at ages 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16

  • achievement outcomes which describe expected achievements at each progression reference point.


The curriculum will be organised into 6 Areas of Learning and Experience:

  • Expressive arts

  • Health and well-being

  • Humanities (including RE which should remain compulsory to age 16)

  • Languages, literacy and communication (including Welsh, which should remain compulsory to age 16, and modern foreign languages)

  • Mathematics and numeracy

  • Science and technology (including computer science).



Regardless of our initial focus, all Pioneer Schools will be working closely together and with our clusters, networks and wider stakeholder groups, to involve as many schools as possible in this exciting work.