THE Welsh Government's ambition to revolutionise the school curriculum has become a reality this evening.

The Senedd voted in favour of the new legislation that, it is claimed, will hand schools greater flexibility to deliver teaching across six broad subject areas.

Speaking to The National ahead of the Senedd vote, education minister Kirsty Williams said the reforms would "trust our teachers in their ability to design a curriculum that really engages the children in front of them, rather than a curriculum that is set many miles away with no thought about what the children in that class really need".

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In this Senedd this evening, Ms Williams said the curriculum bill was "the product of a shared desire to reform education and improve the life chances and futures for all of our children and young people".

The bill went on to pass by 32 votes to 18, with one Senedd member abstaining.

Of the members who voted, Labour and the Liberal Democrats opted for the bill, while the Conservatives' votes were mixed.

Those members who voted from the Independent Alliance for Reform, the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party, Propel, and UKIP all voted against the bill.

Members of Plaid Cymru who voted also opposed the bill.

Before the vote, Plaid MS Sian Gwenllian said her party "supports the direction the new education bill takes us in".

But she said "the bill itself is flawed" with "no consistency within it".

Ms Gwenllian said Plaid's opposition to the bill was partly because it had wanted stronger protections for the Welsh language, the history of Wales, and environmental education.

Laura Anne Jones, of the Conservatives, told the Senedd she had been impressed by Ms Williams' "willingness to consider changes to the bill at all stages, even on controversial areas... if it meant a fair way of achieving her goals within it".

Ms Jones added: "The ultimate test of this bill will be that it raises standards for all and equips our young people to be inquisitive, adaptable, responsible, confident problem-solvers who grow up thinking they have a duty to contribute to society whatever their background."

Lynne Neagle, of Welsh Labour, welcomed the "landmark" bill.

"If ever there was a time for a curriculum rooted in wellbeing, now is that time," she told the Senedd.

She said the new curriculum's consideration of mental health would "make such a huge and fundamental difference to young people in Wales".

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Gareth Bennett, of Abolish, said the bill had "good parts," but he feared the new curriculum in Wales would lead to "more divergence" from its English equivalent.

He said he also opposed the continuation of the Welsh Baccalaureate and the policy of compulsory Welsh lessons up to the age of 16. The effects could be to "push Welsh students to study at universities in Wales and not venturing further afield".