Culture lessons to teach pupils who they are

23rd April 2004 at 01:00
Welsh-speaking teachers are to call for a curriculum based entirely on a knowledge of Welsh history and culture.

Huw Tudur will use his presidential speech to the annual conference of UCAC, the Welsh-speaking teachers' union, this weekend to demand a more flexible curriculum for Welsh schools.

He told The TES: "The curriculum doesn't give teachers enough opportunity to teach about the history of Wales. We'd like to see Welsh history at its core, as a framework which every subject would work around.

"I don't feel the national curriculum gives us the flexibility to find out who we are. You need to give children memories, otherwise we won't have a nation."

Mr Tudur's speech, delivered entirely in Welsh, will be backed by Moelwen Gwyndaf, who was elected as the 4,700-member union's general secretary earlier this year. Ms Gwyndaf said vocational courses, in particular, often failed to reflect the Welsh heritage sufficiently.

"We'd like to see syllabuses that are Welsh in ethos, not just translated from the English," she said.

The conference will also provide a forum for members to discuss the national workload agreement. Like the National Union of Teachers, UCAC refused to accept the agreement's terms.

The two-day conference, held in Carmarthenshire, will be attended by Jane Davidson, Welsh Assembly minister for education and lifelong learning.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now