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First science star for Wales announced
A world-leading neurobiologist will take up a post at Cardiff University as the first appointment under the Welsh Government’s £50M flagship science initiative.
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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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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 »
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Local government (Wales) Measure 2011 - Part 7: Communities and community councils
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
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- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightIndex of Planning Policy Guidance for Wales
Our land use planning policy guidance is set out in two core documents, "Planning Policy Wales" and "Minerals Planning Policy Wales".
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.
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Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Written Statement - School-level Performance Data
BBC Wales has published figures on the performance of individual secondary schools in Wales. This publication was based on data they had requested and received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI).
Officials provided the information to BBC in line with our legal obligations under FOI. Details of the request and our response can be seen on the Welsh Government FOI disclosure log.
We took steps to ensure that those who work in and with schools were alerted to the release of data in advance of its publication by the media.
The BBC have chosen to use the data released to them to generate a simplistic league table, ranking schools based on a single performance indicator.
I remain absolutely committed to the belief that there is no role for league tables in the improvement agenda for Wales. They can be divisive and misleading and do not in themselves promote improvement. If league tables were the key to high performing schools then England would be at the top of the PISA scores. But it is not – by some distance.
In my statement on 2 February I emphasised the importance of using robust data to drive improvement within schools and across the system. Robust self-evaluation and target-setting using performance data plays a vital role in promoting continuous improvement. For this reason, we have provided all maintained primary and secondary schools with the all-Wales core data set. This provides key information about school performance in a consistent, transparent and accessible format.
One of the best-performing countries according to a range of education measures is Finland where they do not have league tables. Like Finland we need to focus on using data effectively to look at school performance and comparator schools, schools with similar socio-demographics and learning from the data.
To strengthen accountability of the system I am working with officials to introduce a national system for banding schools. This is not a return to league tables based on crude measures of pupil performance in public examinations. The school banding system will allow learners, their parents and carers, education professionals, governors and local authorities to understand a school’s performance in context.
I have established the School Standards Unit, lead by Dr Brett Pugh, to act as a catalyst to generate ambition in the sector and improve outcomes for our children and young people. The unit is working in partnership with the four local authority consortia and with officials from across my department to maximise the capacity for school improvement throughout Wales. It will draw on expertise from across the school system to ensure there is a sharp focus on implementation.
Let us not forget that year on year in Wales our young people’s levels of attainment continue to rise. The construction of league tables by the media must not be a distraction from our shared goal of securing long term, sustainable improvements that deliver the world class education our young people deserve and need.