Appointment of the next Children’s Commissioner for Wales »The current Children's Commissioner's tenure will come to an end on 28 February 2015.Learn more »
Minister wants bigger role for National Parks
National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are integral toWales’ national identity and are recognised internationally.
- £6.2 million IT investment in North Wales healthcare
- Funding for new Life Sciences Innovation Village in Cardiff
- Minister wants bigger role for National Parks
Section highlightRegulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) BillThe Bill will improve the quality of care and support in Wales and strengthen protection for citizens.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightTaxes in Wales
The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides us with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet our circumstances and priorities.
Final Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
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Essential Skills Wales
Essential Skills Wales (ESW) is a suite of 3 different skills qualifications.
Qualifications are available from Entry Level 1 through to Level 4 in:
- Application of Number
- Information Communication Technology (ICT).
ESW has been implemented in Wales since the 1st September 2010. ESW superseded Key Skills.
At entry level, the nature of the assessment will be determined by the awarding body delivering the qualification. However, the assessment must meet the assessment outcomes.
For levels 1 to 4, the qualifications will be assessed via a portfolio of evidence.
Each level of the skills incorporates and builds on previous levels, therefore for each skill you can view the individual standards as well as progression grids.
Future of Essential Skills Wales
The Review of Qualifications 14-19 (2012) recommends that ESW qualifications are no longer used within the Welsh Baccalaureate at 14-16 years of age.
ESW content, structure and assessment will be reviewed through comprehensive stakeholder engagement in 2013 – with new qualifications trialed in 2014. ICT will be replaced by a new Digital Literacy qualification.
If you have any further queries, please visit the Qualifications Wales website (external link).