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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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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.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightReview of the Planning Enforcement System
The research covers 18 recommendations for the future Welsh enforcement system.
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.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Welsh Medium and Welsh Language Education
Welsh-medium and Welsh-language education have become increasingly important in Wales in recent times. Our education system has a key role to play to help realise the Welsh Government’s vision of creating a bilingual Wales.
Welsh-medium Education Strategy
The Welsh-medium Education Strategy was published in April 2010. It sets out a national policy framework for the development of Welsh-medium and Welsh-language education across all phases of education and training. The Strategy aims to achieve an education and training system which responds in a planned way to the growing demand for Welsh-medium education. Increasing the number of people able to use the language with their families, in their communities and at work is central to the Strategy.
The Welsh-medium Education Strategy sets out a long-term and complex agenda. The accompanying Implementation Programme gives further detail about the work expected of the Welsh Government, its partners and other agencies. It also includes a series of targets which will be central to the Strategy’s overall success. The Welsh Government publishes an annual report on progress in implementing the Strategy, and a comprehensive review will take place in 2015.
If you have a query regarding the Welsh-medium Education Strategy, e-mail the Welsh Government at email@example.com
What are the benefits of Welsh-medium education and Welsh language skills?
Welsh language skills are increasingly important in Wales. The ability to speak Welsh and English can be a big advantage for young people looking for work. Employers are increasingly looking for people with Welsh language skills to provide bilingual services to the public. Research shows that there are numerous benefits to being bilingual.
Whether a child receives Welsh-medium or English-medium education, he or she will learn Welsh as part of the national curriculum. Parents do not have to be able to speak Welsh in order for their children to benefit from Welsh-medium education. It is important, however, that parents encourage their children to use the language and keep developing their skills as they progress through compulsory education.
Welsh-medium schools also provide a good grounding in English language skills. A child’s English skills will be developed at the same time as their Welsh-language skills. Results from Welsh-medium schools show similar levels of achievement on the whole to those from English-medium schools.