Welsh to omit list of great authors;Curriculum 2000

21st May 1999 at 01:00
NO recommended list of great authors exists in the draft curriculum for Wales that was sent out for consultation last week, writes Biddy Passmore.

In line with the less prescriptive tone of the national curriculum in Wales, the lists of authors have been removed from English at key stage 3.

Only the requirements to read "a play by Shakespeare, some pre-1900 literature, a range of drama, poetry, fiction and a range of non-literary material" remain.

This, says the Welsh curriculum and assessment authority (ACCAC), is a balance between rigour and manageability.

Such freedom contrasts with the approach in England, where boy-friendly authors have been added to the recommended list for secondary pupils.

Peter Hain, the outgoing Welsh education minister, launched proposals for a "slimmer and simpler" curriculum last week. But it is the new Welsh Assembly that will take final decisions on them, in time for September 2000.

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