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Major changes on the way to the curriculum


in Wales, but are teachers getting enough support to implement them?


As Paris mourns those killed in the attacks on


the city last weekend, we ask what can be done to tackle terrorism?


Should there be more female statues in our towns and cities?


Good evening and welcome to The Wales Report.


On tonight's programme - the world's attention this week has been


on Paris, following the attacks on the French capital on Friday night.


We'll be discussing what can politicians do to prevent more


massacres, with Lord Carlile, a former independent reviewer


You too can join the conversation tonight on social


But first, major changes are on the way to Welsh classrooms.


After the Donaldson Review into the curriculum, the Welsh Government


has decided to ditch the current system and give teachers far greater


The profession is broadly supportive of the reforms,


but unions are warning the Education Minister will have to invest


in better training and support if these changes are to be a success.


Welsh schools are on the cusp of great change. Teachers are being


given more freedom in the classroom. They will be deciding not just how


to teach, but also what to teach. For the past 15 years Welsh schools


have spun around in a whirlpool of reform. First league tables were


abolished, then a dismal performance in league tables -- in exams led to


government intervention and the publishing of school performance


data. The Donaldson reforms look like they will give teachers more


autonomy. Teachers say the Welsh government needs to stick to these


reforms for the long-term. I think most headteachers in most


establishments would tell you that we are bombarded with reform and


changes, and it can be quite baffling at times to know where the


emphasis should be. With the Donaldson Review, it is clearly


something that has direct impact on the quality of children's lives and


learning, and to a great extent, I welcome that clarity. What we cannot


have is, in five or six years' time, someone saying we will change


direction again and go back. That would knock the stuffing out of the


education community. In February, Professor Graham Donaldson came to


this school to launches curriculum review. It was radical. He proposed


abandoning the National Curriculum in favour of a more proactive


approach. There will be more creative in lesson content, while


focusing on the key areas of literacy, numerous ceasefires and


technology, the arts, and health and well-being. Although the profession


is positive about the new approach, teachers unions warned there are


challenges. One of which is the need to introduce sufficient support to


teachers to adjust to a very different way of teaching. This is a


huge change. What teachers will need to deliver this is time for


training, investment in the sufficiency of teachers to deliver


it, they will need professional develop into, and timetabled time


for that training, in order to make it successful. It could think


teachers to perform well under the new system is important, but there


is a big question over the ability of Welsh teacher training to do this


for new entrants. Shortly after the curriculum review was published, a


different report said the quality of teacher training in Wales was


falling short of test practice around the UK and internationally.


The report said the system had deteriorated, and it was at a


critical turning point. Everyone has concerns about teacher training in


Wales, and that came out clearly in the furlong report. One thing there


was it said there was a decline in the quality of teacher training in


the last few years, and I think the Welsh government took their eye off


the ball. The minister has said we will have an in-depth shake-up of


the whole system. We now need to see some concrete detail about how we


will go forward, because there are many concerns that need to be


addressed. Poor teacher morale is also flagged up by the unions as a


potential problem. Funding is another sore point. Teaching unions


have long complained about Welsh pupils receiving less per head than


their English counterparts. They feel the government spending squeeze


could undermine the Donaldson reforms. For too long, we have been


doing education on the cheap. When England was spending loads of money


on education, we were not. We have fallen behind, and the next


government needs to prioritise education, and we need to spend more


money on our children, as they are the future. The new curriculum is


already being designed, and the plan is it will be piloted by a group of


pioneer schools from 2018. In 2021, it will be rolled out to schools


across Wales. Felicity Evans reporting. Earlier, I


spoke to the Education Minister, Huw Lewis, in


the Senedd. The Welsh government has admitted


taking its eye off the ball when it comes to education, but all of these


changes coming in now, doesn't that suggest that you didn't just take


your eye off the ball, you got it completely wrong? No. This is a


recognition that the world doesn't stand still. What we need is a


curriculum for our schools, and professional development for our


teachers, that addresses the needs of the 21st-century. We need to


equip our young people with the skills they need for a New World. So


they haven't had those skills? We need to look at a new curriculum


that addresses things like digital competence, up there with literacy


and numerous seats in terms of the priority we will place on it. That


is the world they operate in and those are the skills they need. Have


you got all of the changes in the right order? The GCSE changes are


happening before the curriculum? I think it has. In terms of the


curriculum and the new skills that teachers will need to deliver it,


everything comes together now in the magical year of 2018, when we have


teachers that will be skilled up with the new curriculum, and clarity


about what is to be delivered in the classroom. Will teachers be ready?


They want to know if they will be ready to deliver this. They say they


are bombarded with change. Are they? We will have the new system of


support for teachers being designed and, in part, delivered by teachers.


This is the new aspect of the way we are operating here in Wales. It will


be those pioneer schools that look at the new Deal for teachers that


will design the support packages. So they have not been designed yet? No.


We are not dictating the way they should be. That is a big difference


with how it has been done in the past. Teachers will take the lead.


So if they demand six months off to prepare for the curriculum, will you


agree? I am sure we will all take a common-sense approach to what ever


demands that are made. But there are boundaries, aren't there? There are


always boundaries on time, resources and finance. What is realistic? A


reliance and a common-sense approach on our professionals to do the very


best for us and for our young people. It is that extension of


trust from me to them that marks this out as a different type of


reform. What is the deadline for this? 2018. I will be tasking those


new Deal schools, which have just been identified, those pioneer


schools, with working with schools right across the system between now


and next July, to scope out exactly what teachers need, in terms of new


training, time and so on. We start to deliver from the middle of 2016.


You are very familiar with the curriculum. What you think teachers


need? We have taken advice internationally on this. The advice


points to us being in a position to have the curriculum up and running


in autumn 2018. We know that. What do teachers need, though? Do they


need time or different skills? They need our trust. They also need to


operate a wholly new level. What we are looking to is a system where


initial teacher training takes teachers to a much higher level of


competence than at the present time. Will they need a four-year degree?


It is conceivable. We will be looking at a new course in terms of


initial teacher training. By 2018? Yes. We will be looking for first


delivery of that new teacher training by 2018. What about the


teachers already imposed? That will be led by the high end near schools


in terms of relating back to us what is required. This all needs to


happen at a postgraduate level. That is the level of training we are


talking about here, consistently across the board. Teachers are


already graduates, and their training should be pitched at that


postgraduate level. As a minister, you say, you have to deliver this by


2018. Up to you how you do it? We have advice networks for teachers to


call on expert advice when they need it, and ourselves as government


setting a framework around it. What about money. You have said 3 million


for the initial stage to deliver in the first year. Is that guaranteed?


I want to see that continue, and I will be working towards that in the


election campaign, and hopefully in a new Welsh government in May next


year. Nothing is guaranteed. It all depends on the People's choice. I


will be campaigning to sustain that support around our teachers, and


Welsh Labour will be that. To deliver these broad changes,


presumably you are expecting a big bill from teachers in terms of what


they want for training. Can you deliver, whatever the cost? I will


deliver what our system needs in order to get to those goals, that


new curriculum, a new level of operation in terms of teacher


professionalism. What is the vision here? The new curriculum, the new


GCSEs... What is the vision for education in Wales? A self improving


system. A system that has within itself the means and professionalism


to drive towards continual improvement. A system that is proud


of our educational attainment in Wales, but never satisfied with it,


and a system that doesn't need politicians like me to come in from


the outside and drive change. That goes up the rankings, with teachers


attaining better grades? Is there a benchmark kit? What we see across


high achievers is a communality in terms of the systems we have looked


to for advice and guidance. A teaching profession, critically,


that shifts for its self in terms of up-to-date research, operating at a


very high level of teaching and learning, in terms of knowing and


understanding what the best looks like, and committing to deliver


that. As a minister and as a father, can you look every parent and every


child in the eye and say, I am doing my utmost to deliver the best?


Everyday. This commitment we have made is the biggest package of


reforms since 1944. It will set the trend for our children's prospects


for a generation at least, and a great deal hangs upon it. We have to


work as a team across the educational workforce in Wales in


order to make it work. Thank you very much.


It's been five days since Friday night's deadly attacks in Paris


A concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars,


were attacked almost simultaneously, leaving at least 129 people dead


The attacks have been described by President Francois Hollande


as an "act of war" organised by the so-called Islamic State


militant group, and have prompted condemnation the world over.


But what can be done to tackle terrorism?


And can we expect similar events here?


I'm joined now from our Milbank studio by Lord Alex Carlile,


a former independent reviewer of terrorism laws.


What can be done immediately here to make us feel safer? The first thing


is that we must have proper borders for Europe and the Schengen


agreement is now finished. France has closed its borders, the bridge


between Sweden and Denmark has been closed. Nobody can go through those


borders without going through proper security checks. And that will cause


some difficulty for innocent travellers, but it is a safe


precaution to take. The second thing we should do is ensure the Security


Services in the United Kingdom and elsewhere have the tools they need


and that means expediting the Investigatory Powers Bill, for at


least that part of it that requires internet service providers and


mobile phone companies to retain data for at least 12 months. The


third thing is ensure that there is top quality co-operation between the


best intelligence agencies and some of the other intelligence agencies


and I think we can do a lot to help the Belgian intelligence services in


particular become more efficient and effective in preventing terrorism.


So you would scrap Schengen and on the Investigatory Powers Bill, David


Cameron and Theresa May don't want to rush this, they want proper


scrutiny, because of civil liberties concerns, you know that rushed


legislation isn't always the best. We saw that with control orders that


had to be scrapped. Well they were scrapped wrongly, they worked well


and some of the scrapped parts have been reintroduced, particularly


forcing people to relocate to live away from those they planned


terrorist attacks. To the suggestion the Investigatory Powers Bill is


being rushed that is not correct. We have been talking about the


Investigatory Powers Bill for the last two years, a parliamentary


programme lasting over a year was introduced before the Paris events.


I am and across party group including former Defence Secretary


Tom King are of the view that at least the parts of Investigatory


Powers Bill that the Security Services need quickly should be


enacted. Possibly with a sun set clause. Otherwise we are not going


to have this piece of legislation on the statute back until the end of


next year. What about the concern of civil liberties campaigners, Shami


Chakrabarti said it would be an attack on the security of every man,


woman and child in our count are. They would monitor everything we do


and keep it for a year. That is Twaddle I'm afraid. Shami


Chakrabarti has offered absolutely no alternative, if she believes that


there is an alternative to the Investigatory Powers Bill, let her


show us her alternative. The notion that Security Services agencies are


idly going to look at your Amazon account or my credit card


transactions is simply an absurdity. They only look at those about whom


some suspicion has been raised. And it is time that Shami Chakrabarti


and liberty simply stopped telling the untruths about what the Security


Services are doing. She is not here to defend herself, but I was quoting


her. She often says things without giving people the opportunity to


defend themselves, so I don't think you should defend her. Let's look at


the source of the trouble, Syria. David Cameron seems to be foep


Cussing on -- focussing on expediting attacks on Syria, do you


want us to bomb Syria? I don't want us to bomb Syria, but I believe


until we destroy Isil we will not resolve the situation. So wherever


Isil is, we must deal with Isil and deal with them decisively. Does that


mean attacking? Yes. Would you join in the offensive led by the French


and the Americans? Yes and the Russians. It is a sensible offensive


and we have involved. The issue is the extents to which we are


involved. Are we really going to say Britain is going to put less efforts


into this than France? Is your party leader wrong, Tim Farron. Iej I'm


not the leader of the Liberal Democrat and not held back by the


view of Liberal Democratsches I believe I want is absurd to suggest


we can deal with this without destroying Isil. We're not going to


do it by the use of notelets. Are we safe as we can be in Wales? Wales is


as staf as any part of -- safe as any part of Europe for a few


reasons. One reason is because this for the whole of Wales the Wales


extremism unit which is as good as any antiterrorism police unit in


Europe. The second thing is it is very difficult to obtain


Kalashnikovs and other firearms in the United Kingdom. Because we have


such strict laws against them. And because we have a border force which


is pretty rigorous at the moment in ensuring that people who might be


terrorists do not enter the United Kingdom. So we live in a reasonably


safe country. But in a perilous world. I want it to remain a


reasonably safe country with Security Services is only giving the


proportionate tools they need, don't damage civil liberties. Is an attack


on the UK inevitable? The threat level is severe so, an attack is


highly likely and we have to bear in mind that terrorists tend to go for


soft targets. So I fear that the possibility of an attack in Wales is


maybe less likely than an attack in London, but you can't say it won't


happen. It remains likely. Lord Carlile thank you.


Should the achievements of Welsh women get more public recognition?


Over the years, men who have contributed to Welsh life


and culture have been immortalised with statues - Aneurin Bevan, Owain


But there's a considerable lack of women statues in Wales.


Guardian Journalist Elena Cresci returned to her home city of Cardiff


to hunt for female statues in the capital.


If statues could talk they would tell great stories. After all, that


is why they're there, to remind us of wonderful Welsh people. Walking


around the city I see plenty of stone men and animals. But where are


all the women? Aneurin Bevan deserves to stand here. Without him


there wouldn't be an NHS. But there were other marvels of medicine.


There was our own Florence Nightingale who could stand here too


rather than making headlines for being in special measures. But we


have some statues of women. Only they're not real. They're anonymous


figures with no real identity and little to say. Is that really the


message we want to send out? It is almost as if we are short of


inspiration. If it is a modern counter part to Gareth Edwards we


are after, what about Dame Shirley Bassey or Tanni Grey-Thompson. Here


you will David Lloyd George. His daughter Megan, became Wales's first


female MP in 1929 at just 27. Tell me she doesn't deserve a statue.


City Hall is guarded by stone figures. Inside there are more. The


marble home is home to the heroes of Wales. And you will find Boudica. It


gives the impression the women's stories are not worth telling. It is


so important we don't forget Nair stories. There are plenty of women


in Welsh public life making a difference. It is up to them and us


to commemorate real women of achievement and put them on a


pedestal. I'm joined now by Deidre Beddoe


and Emeritus Professor of women's history and Dr Jasmine


Donahaye from Swansea University. Why so few women? It is not at all


surprising. There is a one word answer to this. That word is


patriarchy. It is changing, but all power has been in the hands of men


and men commission the statues and they only saw the value of male


contribution to society. And I mean why more women in public life, maybe


there will be a lead time and in time they will influence decision


and more will be commissioned. In the past there hasn't been a woman


there championing the cause for female statues. Yes that I true. I


hope more women in public life would mean it would result in more public


Scottish Conservative sculpture of women. But we are not in the great


age of commissioning sculpture. There is diminishing public art. We


have seen that with passports and the stamp and back notes. To get


women recognised is such a battle. Why do you think that is? I was


taken aback by the opposition to women being on the noepts. It seemed


-- notes, it seemed an overreaction. We have been so underrepresented and


we have owned less of banknotes. It seems churlish to oppose that. #i9d


is important to link the two things. The lack of female statues and the


lack of female representatives in Parliament. Yet Wales seems to be OK


with female representation in politics with 26FMs. Is Wales


getting there slowly? We seem to have fallen back a lilt. Initially


we had more than 50% in the Assembly. So we have gone back. I


think there is a great improvement and obviously there is a lag before


that is depicted. But even where women are perhaps in a position to


do the commissioning, whether it is visual culture or literature or


other domain. It is still challenges F you don't know who the women are


you can't depict them. It's easy to blame men. Are we not forceful


enough. I don't think it is up to women only to make that change. It


is for men too. It is for the entire population to see the breadth of


human experience depibgtd. You're right. Wales has a very poor record


of having women in Parliament. It starts with Megan Lloyd George in


1929. She is on her own until 1950 and then huge spans of time without


women. Not a single MP until Ann Clwyd. You mentioned time, this is


not the time for commissioning public art. Maybe statues are out of


date. Is a blue plaque the future? I hope not. We navigate by sculpture


and even if it is sub conscious we take in this woman is on a pedestal,


although in this case it is the men. It becomes part of our every day


consciousness. If women are in prominent positions and recognised,


it filters down and you have to then acknowledge that contribution. Let's


give you some cash now and you can have one statue immediately. Who


would it be? That is a terrible thing to do to me. Let me take...


I'm torn between two. Crongwin the scholar. She was a qualified sea


captain and a brilliant lecturer. But maybe more controversial, I


admire that larger than life woman Betsy Cadwallader. I hate her name


has been tarnished. Wrote a biography of Lily Tobias. I would


love to see her recognised. That's it for tonight,


we'll be back next week. And if you'd like to be


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On The Wales Report this week, major changes to the way Welsh pupils are taught are on their way - but do teachers have the right support to implement them? And concerns that Welsh women are being airbrushed out of history. We hear calls for more statues of women in Wales. Presented by Bethan Rhys Roberts.

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