Warning to councils over Welsh schools

South Wales Argus: Warning to councils over Welsh schools Warning to councils over Welsh schools

A WELSH language pressure group has called on councils to “take ownership of their duty” to improve the planning of Welsh-medium education.

The call by Rhieni Dros Addysg Gymraeg (RhAG), which translates as Parents for Welsh-medium Education, has laid down the challenge after local authorities received an extra four weeks to submit their Welsh in Education Strategic Plans to the Welsh Government.

Plans must now be submitted by January 20, 2014.

Blaenau Gwent’s plan has already been submitted by assistant head of education Sarah Morgan, while Monmouthshire council have not yet submitted their plan. The Argus contacted the other Gwent councils but did not receive a response.

Earlier this month the Argus reported that a solution to the squeeze on Welsh-medium secondary education in Gwent, which is due to be full by 2016, will likely be delivered in Newport.

Newport council, which is working with the other Gwent authorities on the issue, said an alternative solution will be required by September 2016.

At the time the council said work on its proposal was underway and more information would be available at the end of the year.

In December 2011, local authorities submitted their first plan to Welsh Government, detailing how each council will achieve the outcomes and targets set out in the Welsh-medium education strategy.

These were prepared and submitted on a voluntary basis, but the National Assembly passed the Schools Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act in January this year, looking to move to a statutory footing. The Act places a duty upon local authorities to consult on, produce and publish a three-year Welsh in Education Strategic Plan that will be submitted for approval of, and monitoring by, Welsh ministers.

Welsh ministers can make regulations about assessing the demand for Welsh-medium education.

Ceri Owen, RhAG’s national development officer said the new planning regime from April 2014 will be on a statutory basis “with the force of the law behind it”.

“We therefore call on local authorities to make the most of this additional time given to them, by strengthening plans in consultation with parents, enabling them to achieve national targets set in the government’s Welsh-medium education strategy,” she said.

Without definite action by local government, a target of 30 per cent of seven-year-olds receiving Welsh-medium education by the year 2020 will not be met, she said, with RhAG estimating that between 80 and 100 extra streams of 30 children will be required to achieve this.

“We need authorities to set clear targets, based on the vision that they have a duty now to not only meet demand but rather to promote growth,” said Ms Owen.

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5:13pm Mon 23 Dec 13

county mad says...

The Taffia strike again!!!!
The Taffia strike again!!!! county mad

5:21pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Sometimes says...

The development of Welsh Medium schools in the south east area of wales is a complete waste of money. Money that would be better spent on promoting sciences, maths, engineering, and other useful skills, not a dead language used by a minority as a tool to achieve their own goals and not those of a united forward looking country or the future generations of children that will be paying the price of this selfish minority whose only priority is to distance itself from the real world. Forcing people to speak a language that the majority don't want will fragment and possibly lead to the breakup of Wales by it's language regions. Welsh fascists, sorry nationalists, be careful what you wish for, as you may not be able to afford it in the future.
The development of Welsh Medium schools in the south east area of wales is a complete waste of money. Money that would be better spent on promoting sciences, maths, engineering, and other useful skills, not a dead language used by a minority as a tool to achieve their own goals and not those of a united forward looking country or the future generations of children that will be paying the price of this selfish minority whose only priority is to distance itself from the real world. Forcing people to speak a language that the majority don't want will fragment and possibly lead to the breakup of Wales by it's language regions. Welsh fascists, sorry nationalists, be careful what you wish for, as you may not be able to afford it in the future. Sometimes

5:33pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

Why is there a target percentage of children educated through the Welsh language? I thought it was supposed to be a choice? I guess that's that illusion shattered then...
Why is there a target percentage of children educated through the Welsh language? I thought it was supposed to be a choice? I guess that's that illusion shattered then... Vox Dei

6:23pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Monmouthshire Merlin says...

The Welsh language needs life support to maintain it.
Yet we have people waiting months for treatment on the NHS!
The language is dead let it rest in peace and put the money where it's needed
NHS, social services, support for our elderly, support for the thousands living on the streets of Wales.
Time to stand up for the rights of the majority.
Abolish the Welsh language Act
The Welsh language needs life support to maintain it. Yet we have people waiting months for treatment on the NHS! The language is dead let it rest in peace and put the money where it's needed NHS, social services, support for our elderly, support for the thousands living on the streets of Wales. Time to stand up for the rights of the majority. Abolish the Welsh language Act Monmouthshire Merlin

8:38pm Mon 23 Dec 13

scraptheWAG says...

welsh language pressure group read bunch of unemployed old folk from the valleys
welsh language pressure group read bunch of unemployed old folk from the valleys scraptheWAG

9:48am Tue 24 Dec 13

Stevenboy says...

Yet the poverty in Wales is still blamed on Westminster. Hilarious. Just how many Welsh pressure groups are there? Answer: A lot more than those pressing for a better health service here where people don't die on waiting lists. Other answer: Way too many knuckle dragging crusts buttonholing ministers in the WAG at every opportunity. Wales has the society it deserves or it would rebel against these money-swallowing muppets.
Yet the poverty in Wales is still blamed on Westminster. Hilarious. Just how many Welsh pressure groups are there? Answer: A lot more than those pressing for a better health service here where people don't die on waiting lists. Other answer: Way too many knuckle dragging crusts buttonholing ministers in the WAG at every opportunity. Wales has the society it deserves or it would rebel against these money-swallowing muppets. Stevenboy

9:55am Tue 24 Dec 13

Llanmartinangel says...

My god. Wales could turn striving to be a bankrupt backwater into an olympic sport eh.
My god. Wales could turn striving to be a bankrupt backwater into an olympic sport eh. Llanmartinangel

9:18pm Tue 24 Dec 13

varteg1 says...

Anyone c are to join me if I stand at the next Assembly elections on a platform to scrap the Language act?. Sack the whole damned lot of it
Time to call for another referendum in which a much larger turnout has to be met.

Anyone?
Anyone c are to join me if I stand at the next Assembly elections on a platform to scrap the Language act?. Sack the whole damned lot of it Time to call for another referendum in which a much larger turnout has to be met. Anyone? varteg1

3:18pm Wed 25 Dec 13

wales1234 says...

varteg1 wrote:
Anyone c are to join me if I stand at the next Assembly elections on a platform to scrap the Language act?. Sack the whole damned lot of it
Time to call for another referendum in which a much larger turnout has to be met.

Anyone?
I think you should do it, then you'll see just how much support you won't get and that your small minded, unenlightened views are the preserve of a dying bread of old grey men.
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: Anyone c are to join me if I stand at the next Assembly elections on a platform to scrap the Language act?. Sack the whole damned lot of it Time to call for another referendum in which a much larger turnout has to be met. Anyone?[/p][/quote]I think you should do it, then you'll see just how much support you won't get and that your small minded, unenlightened views are the preserve of a dying bread of old grey men. wales1234

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