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Reviews commissioned by the Welsh Government

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Leighton Andrews, Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning

Policy reviews enable the Welsh Government to scrutinise existing policies. These are usually undertaken by independent experts.

The Welsh Government commissions internal and external reviews to help inform and strengthen policy making decisions. Reviews vary in size, complexity and timescales. Experienced practitioners and experts from within the subject area work on these reviews. 

Reviews are often established as 'Task and Finish Groups'. These groups are set up by seeking nominations from interested parties and the main political parties in Wales.  Task and finish groups are ad-hoc advisory panels set up to perform a particular task, produce a report and then disband. Their work is usually relatively short term, and usually of a very specific and focused nature. 

One language for all: review of Welsh second language at Key Stages 3 and 4

14/05/14
In July 2012, the Minister for Education and Skills established a Group to review Welsh second language at Key Stages 3 and 4 and to consider how to address poor standards and low attainment in the subject.
 

Arts in Education in the Schools of Wales

14/03/14
Our response to the independent report by Professor Dai Smith.
 

Raising our sights: review of Welsh for Adults

02/12/13
The Review Group made 24 recommendations on the future of the Welsh for Adults programme.
 

A Review of Initial Teacher Training in Wales

07/10/13
The Review of Initial Teacher Training in Wales Report, a Written Statement and response to the report recommendations has been published.
 
Physical Literacy - an all Wales approach to increasing levels of physical activity for children and young people

Physical Literacy - an all Wales approach to increasing levels of physical activity for children and young people

01/08/13
The opportunity provided to the group by the Welsh Government was to produce a report that was progressive in its outlook and well evidenced by international good practice.
 

Review of education consortia

16/04/13
The Minister for Education and Skills previously agreed to undertake a review of regional working and education consortia’s readiness to deliver shared school improvement services.
 
Find it, make it, use it, share it: learning in digital Wales

Independent review of Digital Classroom Teaching Task and Finish Group

29/03/12
The Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews AM, commissioned a review of digital classroom teaching in September 2011.
 

Review of the Cost of Administering the Education System in Wales

29/06/11
This Education Review examines how education funding in Wales is allocated to schools, colleges and universities. It is being conducted in two stages. The first stage of the review reported in May 2010. The report identifies a range of key opportunities which were considered further through the Fro ...
 

Structure of Education Services Review Task and Finish Group

28/06/11
This page details the Education Services Review Task and Finish Group. The group took a long-term, whole system view on whether education structures enable and support the delivery of best value services to the citizens of Wales. It ran in parallel with the Front Line Resources Review programme, li ...
 

Independent Review of Governance Arrangements for Further Education Institutions in Wales

13/05/11
The Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning established an expert review panel to explore different models of governance for Further Education Institutions in the context of the current socio-economic environment.
 

Review of Higher Education Governance In Wales

22/03/11
The Task and Finish Group reviewing Higher Education Governance in Wales submitted its report to the Minister for Children, Education & Lifelong Learning on 17 February 2011.
 

Opportunity to Contribute: Review of Higher Education Governance In Wales

15/10/10
This work is in line with the commitment made in For our Future which proposed a review of higher education governance that built on existing strengths, evaluated current shortcomings and considered future need.
 

Review of the School Workload Advisory Panel

17/07/09
The School Workload Advisory Panel (SWAP) was established by the Welsh Assembly Government as an independent body in the autumn of 2004 with a remit that was aimed at reducing bureaucratic burdens on schools.
 

Review of Higher Education in Wales - Phase 2

22/06/09
The Task and Finish Group reviewing Higher Education in Wales Phase 2 submitted its report to the CELLS Minister on 27 April 2009.
 

Careers Wales: A Review in an International Perspective

15/05/09
This report was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government as part of a wider review it is conducting of careers services in Wales.
 

Review of Higher Education in Wales Phase 1: Student Finance Arrangements

01/12/08
The CELLS Minister announced the establishment of the Review of Higher Education in Wales Task and Finish Group on 25 June. The work of the Group so far has focused on the first part of its remit, looking at student finance arrangements. The Chair of the Group, Professor Merfyn Jones, submitted his ...
 

Promise and Performance (Webb Review) including WAG response

01/12/07
The Report of the Independent Review of the Mission and Purpose of Further Education in Wales in the context of the Learning Country: Vision in to Action.
 

The Rees Review 2005

15/05/05
Final Report of an Independent Study into the Devolution of the Student Support System and Tuition Fee Regime in Wales
 

Investing in Learners: Coherence, clarity and equity for student support in Wales

15/06/01
A Report to the Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning at the National Assembly for Wales (Rees Report)