Contingency planning for winter weather »Severe weather requires robust, collaborative planning between the Welsh Government and the public and private sectors in Wales.Learn more »
Royal Assent for Wales Bill delivers new financial powers says First Minister
First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has today welcomed the Wales Bill receiving Royal Assent.
- Plans to strengthen teacher assessment will help drive up standards
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- Royal Assent for Wales Bill delivers new financial powers says First Minister
- Flood and Coast Investment Programme (FaCIP)
- Local authority environmental permitting fees and charges 2015-16
- Age of sale for nicotine inhaling products: draft regulations
- National Training Framework on gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence
- Travelling to better health
- Adoption and Children Act 2002 (Joint Adoption Arrangements)(Wales) Directions 2015
Section highlightQualifications Wales BillThe Bill will establish Qualifications Wales as an independent regulator for qualifications and the qualification system in Wales.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update
This 6th edition details over 370 investments across both public and private sectors with a value of more than £40bn.
Final Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
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- Annual Population Survey (APS)
- Democracy and community governance
- Developing a comprehensive understanding of community and town councils in Wales
- Educational destinations of Key Stage 4 and post-16 learners
- Regional gross value added (GVA) and sub-regional gross value added - Production approach
- Student support applications for higher education
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Raising Attainment and Individual Standards in Education (RAISE)
A number of influential reports prompted the Assembly Government to focus on the impact of poverty on pupils’ education. These reports included:
- Narrowing the Gap in the Performance of Schools (Welsh Assembly Government and Welsh Local Government Association 2002 and 2005)
- Low Performing Secondary Schools (Estyn 2005)
- Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Wales (Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2005)
- Narrowing the Gap: The Fabian Commission on Life Chances and Child Poverty (Fabian Society 2006).
The Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills at the time announced the programme in April 2006. It was to provide additional funding for 648 schools experiencing the greatest incidence of deprivation amongst their pupils. Schools qualified for a RAISE grant if they had 50 or more pupils of statutory school age, 20% or more of whom were eligible for free school meals.
Initially, the programme was to be for two years. In each of those years, around £14.5 million was to be available for RAISE schools and an additional £1 million for local authorities to support the education of looked-after children.
The Assembly Government’s intention was to provide additional support for the most disadvantaged learners. Although this would obviously involve pupils currently in schools, the Assembly Government wanted schools to consider how they could sustain the benefits of RAISE funding for future generations of pupils.
The Assembly Government has extended the programme, in its present form, for a third year (2008-2009).
For more information see the RAISE website.