National School Categorisation System »This new system is not purely data-driven but also takes into account the leadership, teaching and learning that goes on in our schools.Learn more »
New plan to ensure learners are Qualified for Life
A Welsh Government plan to improve education and ensure all learners in Wales benefit from excellent teaching and learning has been launched by Education Minister, Huw Lewis.
- £37m investment to improve the housing supply and boost the economy
- Action needed to tackle our growing waistlines- Chief Medical Officer
- New plan to ensure learners are Qualified for Life
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- Implementing the Emissions Performance Standard: Monitoring and Enforcement Arrangements in England and Wales
- Collection and management of devolved taxes in Wales
- Reservoir Safety in Wales: Consultation on the Commencement of Schedule 4 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
- Consultation on improving the availability of allotments and community gardens
- The registration of further education teachers with the Education Workforce Council
Featured consultation »Draft 10-year plan for the early years, childcare and play workforce
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Section highlightHousing (Wales) Act 2014The Act introduces significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
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Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
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The Wales for Africa grant supports projects that build mutually beneficial links between Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
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The protection of Biometric information in schools and colleges
The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 will have implications for biometric data in schools/colleges.
The Welsh consultation is planned to coincide with England's (which is from 9 May 2012 – 7 August 2012). This will give stakeholders 12 weeks to comment.
This is not a consultation about the protection of freedom issues in the Act. This consultation is about what schools/colleges will need to do as a consequence of the Act.
In summary the Protection of Freedom Act 2012 makes provision to regulate the use of children's biometric information by placing a duty on schools and colleges to obtain written parental consent before any biometric information can be obtained from a child under the age of 18 years of age.
The UNCRC requirements from May 2012 require Welsh Government to consult with children and young people on issues that will affect them. A draft child friendly version of the consultation is attached.
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