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Written Statement - White Paper – School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Bill 2012

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Leighton Andrews, Minister for Education and Skills

On 12 July 2011, the First Minister made a statement on the Legislative Programme for the Welsh Government. In that statement he announced that there would be an Education Bill in 2012. 

Today [10 October 2011] I am issuing a White Paper to seek views on proposals for a School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Bill.  I am proposing that the Bill includes provisions for the following areas:

  • Intervention for schools causing concern;
  • School Improvement Guidance;
  • School organisation;
  • Welsh in Education Strategic Plans;
  • Annual Parents Meetings;
  • Post 16 Learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in schools;
  • Free school breakfasts;
  • School based counselling;
  • Flexible charging for school meals.

These are important changes and part of the package of reforms I intend to bring forward for education over the course of this Welsh Government term.

The consultation will end on 05 January 2012 and I will be considering responses in determining the final shape of the legislation. I expect to introduce the Bill to the National Assembly for Wales in spring 2012.