(This note is not part of the Order)
Section 101(1) of the Education Act 2002 (the Act) requires the curriculum for every maintained school in Wales to include a basic curriculum comprising religious education, the National Curriculum for Wales and sex education. Subsection (3) enables the National Assembly for Wales to make an Order amending subsection (1) by adding further requirements.
This Order, which is made under subsection (3), adds two new requirements to the basic curriculum. The first, which is to apply from 1 September 2003, requires the basic curriculum to include provision for personal and social education for registered pupils of compulsory school age. The second, which it to apply from 1 September 2004, requires that curriculum to include provision for work-related education for pupils who are in the fourth key stage (broadly pupils aged 14–16).
In teaching personal and social education and work-related education regard must be had to any guidance issued by the National Assembly – see section 100(8) of the Act. Guidance will be published by the Assembly in National Assembly for Wales Circular NAFWC 13/2003, “Personal and Social Education and Work-Related Education in the Basic Curriculum”. Copies are available from the Assembly's Standards and Performance Division, and may be accessed at learning.wales.gov.uk.