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  • Release date: 27 January 2014
These reports encompass a range of evaluations that will contribute to an overarching evaluation of the Welsh-medium Education Strategy in 2015.

Review of the Welsh-language Sabbatical Scheme for educational practitioners: participant experiences 2011-2012

Release date: 27 January 2014

This report presents the findings of a review carried out as part of a wider evaluation of the Welsh-medium Education Strategy, which is being undertaken by Arad Consulting.

The purpose of the review was to ‘examine the impact of the Sabbatical Scheme on the participants’ teaching after returning to their employment’. The study was also intended to make recommendations for methods of future analysis of impact and ‘examine the role of local authorities in ensuring that participants are supported after returning to their employment’.

The review has found a positive view of the Sabbatical Scheme among participants and stakeholders. The vast majority of participants report positively on the progress made in relation to their language skills, confidence, and their use of Welsh after returning to their school or college. The evidence provided by respondents indicates that post-course support to maintain and develops skills further needs to be strengthened. The review also found that further work is needed to improve the strategic development of the Scheme.  

Proposed Evaluation Framework for the Welsh-medium Education Strategy

Release date: 30 March 2012

The evaluation framework is intended as a tool to ensure that a consistent and comparable approach is taken to reviewing the efficacy of the Welsh-medium Education Strategy and the effects, effectiveness and efficiency of policies implemented in its name.

The framework sets outs a number of suggested approaches for the programme of research and evaluation.


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