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Consultation on draft Welsh in education strategic plan goes live

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It is an opportunity for everyone to have their say on how they see what Welsh in Ceredigion Education should look like for the next 10 years.

THE CONSULTATION for the draft Ceredigion Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) 2022-2032 document is live. This statutory draft document outlines how Ceredigion County Council will develop Welsh language provision in Education over the next decade.

The outcomes and targets within the draft document are set by the Welsh Government. It includes many priorities that derive from the national policies and strategies such as Welsh 2050 – A Million Speakers, The Well-being of Future Generations Act and of course the exciting Curriculum for Wales; all of which have been used as a basis for the draft WESP. 

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Support and Intervention said: “Our schools play a vital part in helping to maintain a thriving Welsh language in our communities. This consultation upholds the vision of the new Curriculum for Wales where one of the main purposes is to ensure learners can communicate effectively in all settings and forms in Welsh and English. It is an opportunity for everyone to have their say on how they see what Welsh in Ceredigion Education should look like for the next 10 years. This will help us to build on the work that has already been done, and to ensure that the Welsh language can be seen, heard and enjoyed between children and provide them with the skills to reinforce a future where Welsh is prominent in the world of work, home life and businesses.”

The consultation documents can be found at: https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/consultations/welsh-in-education-strategic-plan/ . Paper copies or large print versions will be available at local libraries and council offices. Should you require a copy to be posted, contact Clic on 01545 570 881 or email clic@ceredigion.gov.uk

The consultation ends at midnight, 12 November. Responses will be collated and the appropriate council committees will consider any possible amendments. The final draft will be sent to the Welsh Government to seek comment by 31 January 2022.

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Review to be held on the post-16 education provision in Ceredigion

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The last review on post-16 provision in Ceredigion took place in 2007-2008

A REVIEW will be held in the near future to gather information and facts about the post-16 education provision in Ceredigion.

The review will coincide with the reforms made through the establishment of the Commission for Tertiary Education and Research (CTER), which is responsible for overseeing the post-16 sector in Wales, along with the recommendations made by Estyn Thematic Review on post-16 partnerships.

The last review on post-16 provision in Ceredigion took place in 2007-2008, therefore it was agreed during a Cabinet meeting held virtually on 11 January 2022 that it would be timely to undertake a further review.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Support and Intervention, said: “It is timely to conduct a review of post-16 provision to gather facts and views on what works and what can be developed.”

It was noted that there were 701 pupils in years 12 and 13 in all Ceredigion schools in January 2020. It was also added that less than 5 pupils were following 51 of the 199 A Level courses provided in Ceredigion schools during the academic year 2021-2022.

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£18m to support children and young people with additional learning needs

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NEW funding to support children and young people with Additional Learning Needs has been announced by Jeremy Miles, the Minister for Education and Welsh Language.

£18m will be made available to provide extra support for children and young people with ALN who’ve been affected by the pandemic and to help educational settings as learners move to the new ALN system from this month.

£10m of the funding will be used to support learners with ALN affected by the pandemic and to improve their wellbeing. During the pandemic, many disabled children and young people, including learners with ALN, continue to experience a negative impact on their mental health and difficulties accessing education.

The funding will add to existing support for ALN learners, such as intensive learning support and speech and language therapy. The funding can also be used to provide extra resources to target the impacts of the pandemic, such as mental health support and tailored support to help with attendance.

£8m will be allocated to schools, nurseries, local authorities and Pupil Referral Units to move learners from the old Special Educational Needs (SEN) system to the new ALN system, as the roll-out of the Additional Learning Needs Act continues.

The new ALN system, being rolled out over three years, will ensure children and young people with ALN are identified quickly and their needs are met. The Act makes provision for new individual development plans, designed to put the views of learners at the heart of the decision-making process, alongside those of their parents or carers.

Minister for Education and Welsh Language Jeremy Miles said:

“We are determined to deliver a fully inclusive education system in Wales – a system where additional needs are identified early and addressed quickly, and where all children and young people are supported to thrive in their education.

“Schools and nurseries are already doing a fantastic job of supporting their learners, but we know they need more resources to do this. That’s why I’m announcing this additional investment to support learners to overcome the effects of the pandemic and prevent the entrenchment of inequalities on their education, employment opportunities, their health and wellbeing.”

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Over £100m of new funding will help make schools and colleges Covid-secure

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Schools and colleges to receive additional funding

SCHOOLS and colleges will receive £103 million in Welsh Government funding, as learners return for the January term.

£50m will be provided via local authorities through the Sustainable Communities for Learning programme. The funding will help schools carry out capital repair and improvement work, with a focus on health and safety measures, such as improving ventilation. The funding will also be used to support decarbonisation.

£45m of revenue funding will also help support school budgets, assisting schools as they continue to deal with the ongoing impacts of the pandemic and to prepare for the requirements of the new curriculum.

An additional £8m will be provided to further education colleges, to ensure learning can continue safely and ensure the most disadvantaged learners are not further impacted by the pandemic.

Jeremy Miles, the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language, said:

“I know schools and colleges have faced a very difficult time and everyone across the workforce has worked incredibly hard to meet the challenges of the pandemic. This funding will further support our schools and colleges to keep settings as Covid-secure as possible.

“While we want to support the sector in recovering from the pandemic, we also have to make sure we continue to plan for the future, and help all education settings across Wales fulfil our collective goals of making Wales a net-zero nation.

“The funding announced today will help us to ensure sustainability across the sector – be that the environmental sustainability achieved through decarbonisation, or sustainability in provision.”

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