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EU funding to extend financial services graduate programme in Wales
A graduate programme helping to develop and retain industry professionals and future leaders in Wales’ financial services sector is being extended following a £1m EU funding boost.
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- EU funding to extend financial services graduate programme in Wales
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The scheme will support local community and environmental projects in areas affected by the disposal of waste to landfill.
Final Budget 2017-18 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Main Expenditure Groups (MEGs) for 2017-18 is £15bn.Learn more »
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Written Statement - Review of Welsh second language at Key Stages 3 and 4
Standards and attainment in Welsh second language education are lower than in other subjects and too few pupils are making good progress at Key Stage 4. At Key Stage 4, around one-third of learners are not gaining any recognised qualification in Welsh and more candidates for GCSE Welsh second language are sitting the short courses in which attainment is low. Few Welsh second language learners at the end of Key Stage 4 feel confident and able to use Welsh beyond the classroom.
- how to provide a positive learning experience for Welsh second language learners in English medium schools;
- how to raise the status of Welsh second language as a subject and remove barriers at a local, regional and national level;
- whether qualifications (currently available and/or other possible forms of accreditation) are a lever or a barrier with regard to developing transferable Welsh language skills;
- how best to develop learners' Welsh language skills so that they are able to transfer their skills and use the language in the work place, community and family; and
- how to address workforce planning issues to ensure that all secondary schools have the resources and capacity to provide quality Welsh second language provision.
I have asked Professor Sioned Davies, Head of the School of Welsh at Cardiff University, to chair the group. Sioned brings a wealth of experience to the group and I am pleased that she has agreed to take this important work forward. I am pleased to announce the following have also been appointed to the group:
- Aled Evans, Head of Education Development, Neath Port Talbot Local Authority;
- Elaine Senior, Independent Adviser Welsh Adult Learning;
- Elen Roberts, Welsh Advisory Teacher (secondary), Torfaen Local Authority and chief moderator for Key Stage 2/3 cluster moderation;
- Susan Gwyer Roberts, Headteacher, Caldicot School, Monmouthshire;
- Eleri Jones, Headteacher, Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Denbighshire;
- Aled Loader, Head of Welsh, St Joseph's RC High School, Newport; and
- Bethan Williams, Head of Welsh, Treorchy Comprehensive School.