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 to Wales’ 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
- Consultation on Service Framework for the Treatment of People with a Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Misuse Problem 2015
- Proposed changes to homelessness data collections
- Proposals to amend existing powers to tackle waste crime and poor performing sites in the waste management industry
- Flood and Coast Investment Programme (FaCIP)
- Teacher assessment: strengthening arrangements to improve reliability, consistency and confidence
- Provisions for the proposed Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Wales) 2015 and amendments to the Compensation and Pension Schemes 2007
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 »
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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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Inclusion and Pupil Support Guidance
It provides advice and sets out responsibilities for maintaining high levels of attendance and positive behaviour in schools. The need to support pupils with additional needs to ensure they receive suitable education and avoid becoming disengaged from education. It also covers education provided outside the school setting.
The guidance replaces that currently contained in National Assembly for Wales Circular 3/99: Pupil Support and Social Inclusion. Guidance on tackling bullying (Respecting Others: National Assembly for Wales Circular 23/2003) and exclusions (National Assembly for Wales Circular 1 and 1A/2004) has previously been distributed. Whilst the guidance itself is not statutory it sets out the specific legislation which local authorities, schools and their partners are required to adhere to.
In summary, the main changes to previous guidance are as follows:
- Presentation of a framework for inclusion to promote access to education for all and remove any barriers to learning.
- Adoption of the term ‘Additional Learning Needs’ to cover those learners whose needs are greater than the majority of their peers.
- Reflection of recent policy developments, including new arrangements under the Children Act 2004, Learning Pathways 14-19, and the Early and Extending Entitlement agendas.
- Bringing attendance, behaviour and anti-bullying policies together within a whole-school approach.
- More extensive guidance on providing support to pupils with additional learning needs.
- Specific annexes containing additional information such as checklists for inclusive practices.
- New attendance registration codes - previously sent separately to all schools in May 2004.
- The introduction of school-level attendance targets for primary schools and for these to be set on all absences as opposed to unauthorised absences.
- Increased emphasis on improving the level and use of information available on pupils receiving education outside the school setting as well as those pupils moving or joining schools.
- New section on LAs and schools’ responsibilities for those pupils who are educated at home by parents.
- New guidance on provision of education for young parents.
- Guidance on new provisions under the Anti Social Behaviour Act, 2003 for Parenting Orders for behaviour problems and Parenting Contracts for poor attendance and behaviour problems.