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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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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 »
National Agreement On Teachers’ Workload
On behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government I have today signed an historic Agreement between Government, employers and school workforce unions to tackle teachers’ workload and raise standards.
I fully support the UK Government’s proposals in the Agreement for changes to the teachers’ contract in England and Wales. The Agreement recognises that under devolution it is for us to determine how these changes can best be achieved in Wales.
The Agreement will achieve progressive reductions in teachers’ overall hours through:
- changes to the teachers’ contract to ensure that teachers and headteachers do not routinely undertake administrative and clerical tasks; have a reasonable work/life balance; have a reduced burden of cover for absent colleagues; have guaranteed planning, preparation and assessment time within the school day, to support their teaching, individually and collaboratively; and have a reasonable allocation of time in support of their leadership and management responsibilities; and
- reducing unnecessary bureaucratic burdens on schools and providing increased support for teachers inside and out side the classroom.
The Assembly Government has committed £21 million over the next three years to increase the level of administrative support in schools. We are discussing with our education partners how this funding is targeted to best effect in schools.
In addition, we are making some £1.4 million available to pilot and develop a ‘change management programme’ to help schools to adopt working practices that help reduce teachers’ workload, including making the best use of funds for administrative and other support as they come on stream.
Delivering the contractual changes means teachers will also need more support in the classroom. It is important that those providing the support are appropriately trained and qualified. We will be working with our partners in education to develop the way forward, based on the principles set out in the Agreement.
This Agreement is the starting point of an exciting period in teaching – one where the professional needs of teachers are fully recognised, and where teachers will be better supported to enable them to focus clearly on their professional functions and so raise their standards and the standards achieved by pupils in Wales.