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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written Statement - Review of Qualifications for 14-19 year olds
I am today (29 September 2011) making an announcement giving further details of our Review of Qualifications for 14-19 year olds in Wales.
On 14 February the Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews, announced that he was opening a debate on the qualifications available to learners in Wales. One of our manifesto pledges was that we would simplify the qualifications system.
Our vision is to ensure that we have qualifications for 14 to 19 year olds that are understood and valued, and meet the needs of Wales. We want our young people to pursue the qualifications and learning programmes which best serve them as well as the Welsh economy.
The review will contribute to this vision by working with partners to identify the most relevant qualifications and to make recommendations about how we can ensure that these qualifications:
- are available to learners;
- are trusted and understood;
- have real value; and
- remain fit for purpose.
In assessing the relevance of qualifications, the review will focus on the value to learners in terms of preparation for and access to next steps in education, employment or self-employment, as well as the value placed on qualifications by higher education institutions and employers.
We want to find out which qualifications have greatest value, which are most relevant and should be encouraged, and which may need health warnings, or need to be set aside. The review will gather evidence from a range of sources and stakeholders.
The review is clearly related to a number of other areas such as:
- The National Planning and Funding System (NPFS), which is being separately reviewed.
- Our Labour Market Intelligence project, which will look to connect information on courses, career pathways, and labour market opportunities to ensure that learners get good guidance when making important learning and career choices.
- Performance measures and other factors that may influence schools and colleges in deciding which qualifications to offer.
To ensure that our qualifications are trusted and understood, we need to ensure that assessment of our qualifications is appropriate. The review will consider assessment broadly. It will, for instance, enable us to take a measured and considered view on key issues such as the future role of modular GCSEs, and whether or not we should move towards grading of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification.
I shall shortly announce the Chairperson for the Review of Qualifications, who will bring together a team of key stakeholders. The review will deliver a final report late in 2012.