Bilingual schools should:
- set targets to increase the proportion of pupils in key stage 4 who continue to study Welsh as a first language and follow their courses through the medium of Welsh;
- expand the offer of qualifications available through the medium of Welsh;
- explain the advantages of following courses through the medium of Welsh to pupils and parents, and ensure that parents are included more in their children’s education;
- co-operate with other schools to produce Welsh learning resources, and to discuss and share bilingual teaching strategies;
- ensure that developing pupils’ Welsh skills is a whole-school priority and plan purposefully to promote the social use of Welsh;
- encourage teachers across subjects to promote pupils’ use of Welsh in lessons and beyond; and
- ensure that teachers across subjects pay attention to the accuracy and quality of pupils’ expression in Welsh.
Local authorities and regional consortia should:
- track, on a school by school basis, the proportion of pupils in key stage 4 who follow courses through the medium of Welsh and set targets to increase this in line with the objectives of the Welsh-medium education strategy; and
- assist schools in discussing, developing and sharing the most effective bilingual teaching strategies.
The Welsh Government should:
- ensure that high quality Welsh educational resources are available in all subjects on ‘Hwb’;
- raise awareness of the advantages of bilingualism and of continuing to study subjects through the medium of Welsh; and
- ensure that examination boards publish guidance documents and marking schemes for teachers in Welsh, and prepare questions in a clear phraseology in their Welsh-medium examination papers.
Best practice case studies
- Ysgol Gyfun Bodedern, Anglesey
- Ysgol David Hughes, Anglesey
- Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni, Anglesey
- Ysgol Gyfun Aberteifi, Ceredigion
- Ysgol Gyfun Bro Pedr, Ceredigion
- Ysgol y Moelwyn, Gwynedd
- Gwynedd local authority