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Bringing T Llew Jones’ work to life for school children

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This year’s T Llew Jones Day will see the launch of a new production that will bring the popular author’s books to life for school children throughout Wales.

The show which was scripted by Anni Llŷn was commissioned by the theatre company Mewn Cymeriad (In Character) , in partnership with the Welsh Books Council and Ceredigion County Council.

The show is in the form of a monologue with a young actress from the Cardigan area playing the role of Cati Wyllt, an imaginary character created from the actress’ obsession with the author T. Llew Jones. Nia James has just graduated with an MA in Theatre from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Cardiff and is a former member of the CICA performing youth company in Cardigan.

Mewn Cymeriad is a theatre company that stages productions on Welsh historical characters and stories.

Eleri Twynog, Director of Mewn Cymeriad, said: “As a Cardi, and one who loved T Llew’s novels, it’s such a pleasure to be able to present a new show based on the life and work of T Llew Jones. The show is exciting and adventurous, just like the novels, with opportunities for children to use their imagination and be brave pirates or heroes.”

Helen Jones, Head of the Children’s Books and Reading Promotion Department at the Welsh Books Council, said: “Celebrating T Llew Jones Day is one of the most important events in our calendar. T Llew is still a hero to Welsh readers, and the work of the author and teacher still influences generations of poets and writers. It is a great pleasure to see the wonderful adventure stories and unforgettable characters rise from the pages and reach new audiences in a creative and energetic way. We look forward to seeing a new generation of enthusiastic readers of T Llew Jones’ work. ”

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Culture, said: “We are looking forward to seeing the Mewn Cymeriad show come to life which will inspire young people in Ceredigion and the whole of Wales. We are proud to support this project which launces on T Llew Jones Day.”

Non Davies, Corporate Manager for Culture, Ceredigion County Council, said: “The County Council’s Culture Department is delighted to be able to support this exciting project which celebrates the work of one of Ceredigion and indeed the nation’s most well known and well loved authors. Mewn Cymeriad’s unique and creative approach to presenting the author’s work will undoubtedly inspire our young people to discover the literary treasures of T Llew Jones. What better way to celebrate T Llew Jones Day than by launching a production that will no doubt inspire a new generation of writers.”

The show will form an important part of the resources available to schools in Ceredigion to celebrate T Llew Jones Day. A dedicated website created by the county’s Schools Service staff includes a wide range of learning activities and resources based on the life and work of T Llew Jones. These together with the Mewn Cymeriad production will ensure that T Llew Jones and his books live on in the imagination of our pupils for generations to come.

 This touring production will be available to tour schools in Wales from 11 October onwards.

For further details contact Eleri Twynog, Mewn Cymeriad: eleri8@icloud.com

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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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