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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 - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
- Minister supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- Porth Eirias set to be major North Wales attraction
- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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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 »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes 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
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 »
Welsh Medium and Welsh Language Education
Welsh-medium and Welsh-language education have become increasingly important in Wales in recent times. Our education system has a key role to play to help realise the Welsh Government’s vision of creating a bilingual Wales.
Welsh-medium Education Strategy
The Welsh-medium Education Strategy was published in April 2010. It sets out a national policy framework for the development of Welsh-medium and Welsh-language education across all phases of education and training. The Strategy aims to achieve an education and training system which responds in a planned way to the growing demand for Welsh-medium education. Increasing the number of people able to use the language with their families, in their communities and at work is central to the Strategy.
The Welsh-medium Education Strategy sets out a long-term and complex agenda. The accompanying Implementation Programme gives further detail about the work expected of the Welsh Government, its partners and other agencies. It also includes a series of targets which will be central to the Strategy’s overall success. The Welsh Government publishes an annual report on progress in implementing the Strategy, and a comprehensive review will take place in 2015.
If you have a query regarding the Welsh-medium Education Strategy, e-mail the Welsh Government at email@example.com
What are the benefits of Welsh-medium education and Welsh language skills?
Welsh language skills are increasingly important in Wales. The ability to speak Welsh and English can be a big advantage for young people looking for work. Employers are increasingly looking for people with Welsh language skills to provide bilingual services to the public. Research shows that there are numerous benefits to being bilingual.
Whether a child receives Welsh-medium or English-medium education, he or she will learn Welsh as part of the national curriculum. Parents do not have to be able to speak Welsh in order for their children to benefit from Welsh-medium education. It is important, however, that parents encourage their children to use the language and keep developing their skills as they progress through compulsory education.
Welsh-medium schools also provide a good grounding in English language skills. A child’s English skills will be developed at the same time as their Welsh-language skills. Results from Welsh-medium schools show similar levels of achievement on the whole to those from English-medium schools.