The rollout of a replacement school curriculum in Wales must be delayed so teachers can specialize in helping pupils within the wake of the pandemic, a union has warned.
Changes are set to be introduced in 2022 for all children currently in year three or below.
However, the NASUWT said it must be pushed back to enable teachers to assist pupils to revisit on target, otherwise, the curriculum’s success is going to be in danger.
The Welsh government said curriculum reform remained a “priority”.
The changes represent the primary complete reform of the curriculum in Wales in additional than 30 years.
Schools will be required to deliver areas of learning, although detailed plans for exactly what schools should be teaching have not yet been issued.
Changes mean schools are going to be required to show lifesaving skills and care, while the teaching of the histories of Black and Asian and Minority Ethnic communities are going to be mandatory.
However, ahead of its annual conference, the teaching union the NASUWT said ministers’ decision to “forge ahead” with its plans to introduce the curriculum in 2022 despite the Covid pandemic, will “put its success at risk”.
Some pupils returned to classrooms before the Easter break, but all children are set to return on 12 April, after months of homeschooling.
Dr. Patrick Roach, general secretary of the NASUWT, said teachers now needed to possess time to urge pupils won’t to being back before changes were made.
“These are landmark reforms which will have a profound and lasting impact on the futures of a generation of children and young people,” he said.
“It is therefore absolutely vital that these changes are introduced in a way which commands the arrogance of teachers, pupils, and fogeys.
“The Welsh government must give teachers sufficient time, training, and resources to ensure the introduction of the new curriculum runs smoothly.”
The government said curriculum reform “remained a key priority” and “must continue”.
A national continuity plan has been published in response to Covid-19 that was “closely aligned” with the new curriculum, to support pupils’ wellbeing, knowledge, and skills, a spokesperson said.
“We are providing record levels of investment in staff professional learning to further support schools as they steel themselves against the introduction of the new curriculum in 2022,” they said.