Cross-curricular approaches to Health and Wellbeing in the secondary school curriculum

Jane Waters

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Townhill Campus, Swansea, SA2 0UT;

5th May 2017


The new school curriculum in Wales is being developed for roll out to schools for 3-16 year olds from 2021. Curriculum for Wales - Curriculum for Life (WG 2015) is built around 4 purposes for children and young people (CYP); the content is organised through six Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs), one of which is Health and Well-being (H-WB).  It is a new development in UK curricula to have a specified curriculum content area dedicated to H-WB, carrying equal ‘weight’ as, e.g. Humanities or Mathematics/ numeracy. There is debate about whether this is a step forward (that is, recognition of the importance of H-WB) or a step back (shouldn’t H-WB be embedded through the curriculum?).

The internally funded WBFGA grant supported cross-disciplinary thinking about the potential for the AoLE in H-WB within and across the secondary phase of schooling. The S_PGCE staff team were supported to develop learning experiences for S_PGCE students in which they plan and devise resources that support CYP’s H-WB and that they may use in their teaching contexts.

The paper describes the project progress to date, questions the conceptualisation of H-WB in education contexts and outlines the plans to extend early insights from this project into a significant research project in the next academic year.