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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
23 days left
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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 »
Information for education providers and advisers
This applies to higher education, general and vocational qualifications (for example, QCF qualifications, including NVQs) and recognised quality-assured ‘lifelong learning’ which includes adult community education, bespoke company training and CPD.
The CQFW has three common principles:
- expression of achievement as learning outcomes
- the demands made on the learner to achieve the learning outcomes (level)
- the volume of learning achievements (credit).
All vocational qualifications have a level and credit value which:
- allows learners to build up qualifications through completion of units – this will motivate and encourage some learners
- motivates learners of all ages and helps them to acquire the skills and qualifications that meet employers needs and
- provides a way to recognise work based learning and training that can be assessed and given a credit value.
You can access more information on CQFW and QCF below ("Learning is changing: booklet").
The Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales has been aligned with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). This means that the level of a qualification gained in Wales can be compared against a level in the EQF – this helps people and organisations to translate achievement across Europe.
The Unique Learner Number (ULN) and its importance to your learners
In Wales, students in Year 9 up to Year 13 in the 2011/12 academic year will be allocated their ULN in school. In subsequent years, only Year 9 students will receive their ULN. Further Education and Work Based Learning providers have been issuing ULNs to their learners since September 2010.
The ULN is a 10 digit number which is the education equivalent to the national insurance number, and will be issued once for life. It will reduce administration when enrolling students onto a course, particularly when progressing from school to Further Education and Higher Education provision.
It is the means by which all achievement can be recorded in learners’ personal learning records, more information is available below.
The Personal Learning Record (PLR) is an online record of qualifications achieved from the age of 16. The learner will control access to their PLR. Admissions tutors, Training Providers and future employers will need permission to look at it. The PLR can be used to verify training and learning achievements. It will also help Careers Advisers provide tailored and relevant careers advice. The PLR will be accessed via the Careers Wales website.
Other organisations (external links)
- Careers Wales -all age careers information and guidance
- Learning Records Service
- Federation of Awarding Bodies Wales
- University Candidate Application Service (UCAS)
- The Register of Qualifications
- Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Guide
- Council for Wales for Voluntary Youth Services
- Colleges Wales - raising the profile of further education
- Higher Education Funding Council in Wales (HEFCW)