Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) 2022-32 

Consultation on the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s draft Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) 2022-32.

15 October - 10 December, 2021

 

Introduction

The School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 places a duty on all Local Authorities in Wales to consult on, produce and review plans that provide the strategic direction for the planning and delivery of Welsh medium and Welsh language education in their locality.

 

There have been significant changes in the Welsh medium education sector at local and national levels since the Council’s first WESP and regulations regarding WESP’s have been revised and updated. Additionally, Cymraeg 2050 – A million Welsh speakers introduces a long-term vision for a Wales where the Welsh language thrives.

 

The strategy aims to increase:

 

  • the number of Welsh speakers to 1 million by 2050 and,
  • ensuring that the percentage of the population that speak Welsh daily, and can speak more than just a few words of Welsh, increases from 10% (in 2013–15) to 20% by 2050. 

The strategy focuses on three themes:

  1. increasing the number of Welsh speakers
  2. increasing the use of Welsh o creating favourable conditions
  3. infrastructure and context 

Our statutory education system has a vital role to play in increasing the number of Welsh speakers. We must increase the number of school learners who have the opportunity to develop Welsh language skills in school and the opportunity to use it in their everyday lives, significantly, to achieve these goals. 

 

The Welsh Government strategy places a duty on all local authorities in Wales to increase the proportion of all school year groups that receive their education through the medium of Welsh and places a particular emphasis on increasing the number of learners in Year 1 taught through the medium of Welsh. 

 

The WESP has seven outcomes. The outcomes set by Welsh Government, are:
  • Outcome 1: More nursery children/ three-year olds receive their education through the medium of Welsh

  • Outcome 2: More reception class children/ five-year olds receive their education through the medium of Welsh

  • Outcome 3: More children continue to improve their Welsh language skills when transferring from one stage of their statutory education to another

  • Outcome 4: More learners study for assessed qualifications in Welsh (as a subject) and subjects through the medium of Welsh

  • Outcome 5: More opportunities for learners to use Welsh in different contexts in school

  • Outcome 6: An increase in the provision of Welsh-medium education for pupils with additional learning needs (ALN) in accordance with the duties imposed by the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018

  • Outcome 7: Increase the number of teaching staff able to teach Welsh (as a subject) and teach through the medium of Welsh

 Draft Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2022-23

Consultation

The consultation will run from Friday 15 October 2021 to Friday 10 December, 2021. You can respond to the consultation by completing our online survey.

 

WESP Survey

 

We welcome feedback on the whole document, all the prescribed Outcomes or you may respond simply on an individual Outcome.  

 

Related documents

 

If you would like a hard copy of the WESP, please contact Jeremy Morgan at: jmorgan@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

Contact

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

 

Jeremy Morgan

Lisa Lewis