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New qualifications

This report is in response to a request in the Cabinet Secretary’s annual remit letter to Estyn for 2017-2018. It provides an overview on how schools and colleges are planning and implementing their curriculum after the introduction of the new GCSEs in English language, Welsh language, mathematics, mathematics-numeracy, and the Welsh Baccalaureate. Read more >

Welsh in key stage 2 and key stage 3 in Welsh-medium or bilingual schools

Our new report looks at standards of Welsh in Welsh-medium and bilingual primary and secondary schools. Read more >

A review of the work of the National Centre for Learning Welsh

This report reviews the initial work and progress of the National Centre for Learning Welsh (the National Centre) in achieving the aims set out in its strategic plan (Gyda’n Gilydd: Y Ganolfan Dysgu Cymraeg – National Centre for Learning Welsh, 2016) and based on the recommendations made in ‘Raising Your Sights: review of Welsh for Adults’ (Welsh Government, 2013). Read more >

A review of the work of the National Centre for Learning Welsh - Training materials

This PowerPoint is a way for providers to share the main findings of the report and review their own performance in a particular thematic area. The presentations summarise the report and include questions which providers can consider when looking to improve. Read more >

Welsh-medium and bilingual teaching and learning in further education

The purpose of this report is to: - examine how effectively further education colleges ensure continuity and progression in learning experiences through the medium of Welsh and bilingually - evaluate the effectiveness of curricular models and teaching methods that are in place in further education colleges - identify and share good practice in Welsh-medium and bilingual teaching. Read more >

Welsh-medium and bilingual teaching and learning in further education - Training materials

This PowerPoint is a way for providers to share the main findings of the report and review their own performance in a particular thematic area. The presentations summarise the report and include questions which providers can consider when looking to improve. Read more >

Local authority Welsh in Education Strategic Plans

The review considers: the impact of Welsh in Education Strategic Plans (WESPs) on improving planning for Welsh-medium education, the influence that WESPs have had in stimulating and supporting actions to raise standards of Welsh and Welsh second language, and the degree to which the statutory responsibility of local authorities in producing WESPs allows for co-operation with, and support from, regional consortia school improvement services. Read more >

Local authority Welsh in Education Strategic Plans - Training materials

This PowerPoint is a way for providers to share the main findings of the report and review their own performance in a particular thematic area. The presentations summarise the report and include questions which providers can consider when looking to improve. Read more >

Linguistic progression and standards of Welsh in ten bilingual schools - November 2014

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This report is a response to a request for advice in the annual remit letter to Estyn for 2013-2014 from the Minister for Education and Skills. The purpose of the report is to: report on the linguistic progression of pupils in key stage 4 in terms of studying Welsh as a first language and other qualifications through the medium of Welsh; evaluate the effectiveness of curricular models and teaching methods that are in place in bilingual schools; and identify and share good practice in relation to bilingual education. The report is based on visits to ten schools, interviews with local authority representatives, analyses of school performance data and evidence from inspection reports. See Appendix 1 for more information about the evidence base. The report’s main focus is the local authorities where most bilingual teaching occurs, namely Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Anglesey and Gwynedd authorities. For the purposes of this report, we define a bilingual lesson as one that includes elements of teaching and learning through the medium of Welsh and English. Read more >

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