New Curriculum in Wales prepares pupils for future business with China


Educators from across Wales have shared plans for the sustainable teaching of Chinese language and culture as part of the New Curriculum for Wales to be introduced from 2022.

Educators from across Wales share plans for the sustainable teaching of Chinese language and culture as part of the New Curriculum for Wales to be introduced from 2022.

The Confucius Institutes’ Wales China Schools Forum, held on Friday 14th February, at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Chinese Business and Culture Centre in Swansea, explored the importance of creating global citizens with strong intercultural skills and qualifications in speaking Chinese.

The theme of the conference reflects the Welsh Government’s aims to establish Wales as a visitor destination for the Chinese market, as well its aspirations for increasing trade links with China in future.

In South Wales, approximately 3,000 pupils currently have the opportunity to learn Chinese in Confucius Classrooms located in primary and secondary schools. Since September 2019 Crickhowell High School has been piloting innovative ways of delivering Chinese language and culture teaching through short intensive ‘block teaching’ to all Year 7 and Year 8 pupils. Penglais Secondary School in Aberystwyth has seen a steady uptake of the Chinese GCSE since 2014 when pupils first started attending a two-week summer camp in Beijing, with more than a dozen pupils gaining A* to C grades year on year.

Krystyna Krajewska, Executive Director of the Confucius Institute at UWTSD commented: "The Wales China Schools Forum provides a much needed platform for showcasing the amazing results that pupils can achieve when they learn Chinese. Our Chinese language teachers give pupils insights into a culture that is rich with tradition, as well as opening up new possibilities for their future careers.  Learning Chinese is not just learning another language, it’s about learning a professional skill for global citizens."

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor of UWTSD: “The new Curriculum for Wales offers an opportunity to invest in the future of our young people and to support their development as citizens of Wales and the world. The University’s Confucius Institute makes an invaluable contribution to the internationalisation and enrichment of the curriculum by opened the doors to a language and culture that is increasingly important to our economic future.  It is pleasing to see so many schools and young people participating in the programme and benefitting from the special relationship that Wales enjoys with China."


Minister for International Relations and Welsh Language, Eluned Morgan, said:“We want Wales to be a truly multilingual nation and for all our learners to understand the life-changing opportunities languages can provide. We are actively continuing our commitment to promote and raise the profile of International languages, including Mandarin Chinese. The teaching of International Languages including Mandarin is hugely beneficial to our younger generations and of course very important in our global economy.

“The Confucius Institutes are instrumental in the provision and delivery of Mandarin language training across Wales. Through the Global Futures Programme and working together with our Confucius Institute partners, we have provided a wealth of opportunities for school children across Wales to engage with Mandarin Chinese and to learn about Chinese culture and traditions. Our new curriculum structure will offer exciting opportunities to create a rich and effective multilingual policy for language education in Wales. Learning about languages and culture will play a crucial role in our aim to develop ambitious, capable learners who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.”

For more information contact Krystyna Krajewska

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