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Welsh education strategy statement

The Education Minister Leighton Andrews made a statement on the Welsh education strategy on 20 April 2010.

The government announced their strategy to develop Welsh language education in May 2009.

The current provision is "patchy and not consistent", according to the government.

Local councils will be expected to look closely at the call for Welsh language education among new parents.

Councils will then have to create detailed plans based on that information to ensure there is adequate provision from the nursery sector onwards.

The strategy sets a number of targets:

  • 25% of seven-year-olds to receive Welsh education
  • the number of children sitting GCSEs through the medium of Welsh to increase by 13%
  • an increase in qualified staff and teachers to teach Welsh
  • improve the Welsh language provision in colleges
  • provide more opportunities for young people and families to speak Welsh outside the school environment.

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