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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
- Cardiff Airport key to Wales’ position in global market – First Minister
- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
- Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
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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.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
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.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.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.