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Evaluation of the Welsh-medium education strategy

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  • Release date: 16 July 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 use and quality of resources

Release date: 16 July 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 evidence collected indicates that the resources commissioning programme has increased and improved the range of Welsh-language and bilingual resources across key stages and in a number of subject areas. However, whilst welcoming what is available, practitioners express varying degrees of satisfaction with the range and availability of resources, and they identify a need for a greater number of interactive and multi-platform resources to support teaching methods. The study shows that the majority of those questioned receive information about resources through a number of different sources. However, many practitioners are unsure whether they receive all the relevant information. Practitioners’ responses suggest that there is scope to simplify the process of sharing information about resources. Some practitioners note that there is need for greater variety in terms of levels, tasks and activities in the resources produced, to address the needs of pupils across ability ranges.

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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