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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 - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
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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.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
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 »
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
These courses are called ESOL, or English for Speakers of Other Languages.
Improving your English can help you to:
- talk to doctors and teachers
- live your life within Wales and understand the laws and customs of the UK
- go to college or university and get a qualification
- get a job, or improve your job opportunities
- pass the Life in the UK test and become a British Citizen
ESOL courses cover different skills including:
- Speaking and listening
- Reading and writing
- Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar
There are courses at different levels so that you can learn in a way that is right for you. Courses are available at a number of different venues throughout Wales including local schools, community centres, colleges and in your workplace.
To find out more about what courses are available in your local area, contact your local authority or FE College who will be able to provide you with more information.
UK Border Agency Regulations
In order to apply for British Citizenship you must demonstrate your knowledge of language and life in the UK. More information is available from the UK Border Agency website.
In June 2012 the Home Office announced a Statement of Intent with regard to Family Migration.
From October 2013 all applicants for settlement to the UK will be required to:
- pass the ‘Life in the UK’ tests, and
- present an English language speaking and listening qualification at B1 (Entry 3) level or above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages unless they are exempt.
An announcement on citizenship will follow, probably in the autumn. It is possible that citizenship requirements may mirror settlement requirements for English Language, but this cannot be confirmed at present.
More information can be found on the UK Border Agency website.
Review of ESOL Qualifications
It is our responsibility to ensure that qualifications are secure, fit for purpose and suitably meet the needs of a range of learners. We are looking at ESOL qualifications because their role has changed significantly in recent years to include immigration and right to reside in the UK impacts.
In spring 2013 an interim list of ‘acceptable’ qualifications will be published by the Home Office. In autumn 2013 the Home Office will hold a procurement exercise to identify a final acceptable list of pre entry and settlement English language qualifications.
Consultation on ESOL regulations
Ofqual, the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland, is currently consulting on the regulations that govern English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications. More information about the consultation and how to respond can be found on the Ofqual website.
The consultation will close on Monday 3rd December 2012.
Ofqual is also holding a series of free events about the consultation in November in London, Leeds and Belfast. To register for an event please email email@example.com using ‘ESOL consultation’ as the subject title.
An event for Wales is being hosted by NIACE (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) and will be held in Cardiff on 23rd October. Further details will follow.
ESOL Development Advisory Group
An ESOL Development Advisory Group was set up in 2009 to advise the Welsh Government on issues relating to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and contribute to the development of an ESOL policy for Wales.
More information on the ESOL Development Advisory Group, including its membership and Terms of Reference can be found here.
Review of the Provision of English for Speakers of Other Languages in Wales
In 2010 the Welsh Government published research into the provision of ESOL in Wales. To read more about this review follow the related link on the right.