Commenting on the publication of the final version of Wales’ new school curriculum – announced today (28 January) – the RSPCA’s head of prevention & education, Dave Allen said:

“Wales’ new curriculum offers fantastic opportunities to nurture kindness, develop well-rounded citizens and encourage compassion in young people – including to Wales’ animals.

“The RSPCA has long called for animal welfare education to be featured on the school curriculum. We believe the Welsh Government’s focus on specific areas of learning and experience provides unique chances for local education authorities and teachers to ensure animal welfare discussions are a key part of a young person’s development and learning experiences.

“While ideally we’d love to see specific reference to animals and other sentient beings within the new areas of learning and experience, the new curriculum still offers an abundance of opportunities to inspire a kinder and more compassionate next generation.

“RSPCA Cymru looks forward to continuing to support schools, teachers and other practitioners working with young people in Wales as this new curriculum is implemented; to ensure schoolchildren reap the benefits of incorporating animals into their learning experiences.”