Screen Shot 2014-06-29 at 21.10.32Important curriculum changes from September 2015

Welsh Government are introducing a number of curriculum changes over the next few years, starting in September 2015.

Although a challenge for all schools in Wales, many of these changes will present exciting opportunities for all learners at St Julian’s School. We look forward to developing our curriculum in light of these changes.

What is changing for first teaching in 2015?

  • New Welsh Baccalaureate to be introduced for learners at 14-19.

  • New GCSE specifications for English Language, Welsh, Mathematics and Mathematics–Numeracy.

  • Revised GCSE specifications for English Literature.

  • 14 revised A levels in the following subjects:

  • Art and Design; Biology; Business Studies; Chemistry; Computer Science; Economics; English Language; English Literature; English Language & Literature; History; Physics; Psychology; Sociology; Welsh (first language).

  • Developments in the way all subjects develop and report on literacy and numeracy skills in KS3.

  • For the subjects where there will be new or revised GCSEs or A levels, specifications will only be available from WJEC exam board.

From November 2014:

Welsh Government will launch a Qualified for Life website which will host a series of short animations to explain the key changes to the qualifications.

As we receive more information about the changes over the next academic year, we will communicate this to teachers, learners and parents/carers. If you have any queries regarding these changes we will be happy to discuss these further with you.

Further information about qualifications reform and details of the changes being made can be found at


Our Curriculum

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of our students. Our focus is to provide excellent choices for our students that give them every opportunity to choose their path to success. The basic skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT, are paramount and we set high expectations for all in our care. We also work hard to develop each student’s wider skills, including problem solving, thinking, resilience and independence.

In Years 7-9 all students study the National Curriculum subjects in preparation for their studies at Key Stage 4. We work hard to support each student to develop both social and academic skills as they move through the school.

In Years 10 and 11 students study a core of compulsory subjects together with another four subjects chosen from an excellent range of options. These options provide a good balance between traditional and vocational subjects and students are able to choose a blend to suit their personal needs. Students are provided with first-class support and guidance through this process via personal advisors who help students and their families make the right choices for their future. Students take public examinations at the end of Year 11.

We are very proud of the subject choice we are able to provide for our students at Post 16. Our collaboration with other providers as part of the Newport East Partnership provides students with an excellent, very broad choice of subjects combining A Level and vocational opportunities. The offer of courses at level 1,2 and 3 is unique for Newport schools and this enables us to provide a meaningful pathway that meets the needs of all of our students.

Our Careers Programme offers good support for students through PSE lessons and this is complemented by a work experience placement in Year 10. We enjoy excellent links with businesses and the local community and together with the work experience opportunities our students are well prepared for the world of work.

Our Personal and Social Education Programme helps our students to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. This forms part of our whole school approach to develop the qualities and attributes students need to thrive in today’s world. We aim to help students develop the skills and knowledge appropriate to their age, understanding and development to make responsible decisions about their relationships, sexual health and well-being.