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Welsh education secretary introduces new CPD scheme

New initiative comes in response to OECD recommendations to raise the status of teachers in Wales....

Posted on 11/06/2014 - [Read More...]

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Measures taken to boost Welsh students as Oxbridge

Welsh government minister to visit Oxbridge to find out reasons behind the decline in Welsh people studying there....

Posted on 28/05/2014 - [Read More...]

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Education minister congratulates Welsh award winners

Huw Lewis says he is "delighted" by the recognition that teachers in Wales are receiving....

Posted on 21/05/2014 - [Read More...]

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Welsh education act given royal assent

New legislation will help raise standards and reduce complexity and bureaucracy....

Posted on 14/05/2014 - [Read More...]

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Welsh govt launches bid to get parents involved in education

Education minister highlights crucial role for parents in helping to raise education standards....

Posted on 29/04/2014 - [Read More...]

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Welsh govt welcomes OECD education report

OECD report sets out analysis of Welsh education system and makes recommendations for change....

Posted on 11/04/2014 - [Read More...]

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New consortia 'to drive Welsh education improvements'

22 local authorities have been replaced by four regional consortia in radical shake-up of education in Wales....

Posted on 07/04/2014 - [Read More...]

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English language report due to be published in Wales

Welsh education minister due to publish findings of review into the marking of GCSE English language papers....

Posted on 31/03/2014 - [Read More...]

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Schools in Wales to get numerical reasoning support

New package of reforms designed to help teachers adapt to the introduction of new tests in May....

Posted on 25/03/2014 - [Read More...]

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Professor Donaldson to conduct review of Welsh curriculum

Education minister announces appointment of professor to undertake review which will link to new qualifications system....

Posted on 17/03/2014 - [Read More...]

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Review launched of English language GCSE results

Government announces review into GCSE grades which will help prepare schools for the June assessments....

Posted on 13/03/2014 - [Read More...]

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Welsh government appoints expert ITT adviser

Professor John Furlong appointed to position which aims to create links between policy makers and educators. ...

Posted on 05/03/2014 - [Read More...]

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Welsh government introduces school improvement strategy

New guidance will be launched on April 1st and is intended to replace the existing improvement strategies....

Posted on 26/02/2014 - [Read More...]

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PISA rankings vital to Welsh economy, says Huw Lewis

Minister stresses importance of PISA rankings to equip pupils with the skills needed to succeed in global economy....

Posted on 19/02/2014 - [Read More...]

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Education secretary welcomes Estyn report

Estyn report into Ceredigion an example that other local authorities should emulate, says Huw Lewis....

Posted on 12/02/2014 - [Read More...]

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Schools Challenge Cymru launched

Investment provided to help the poorest-performing schools in Wales raise attainment levels....

Posted on 12/02/2014 - [Read More...]

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'Way forward' for Welsh education

First minister responds to criticism following Estyn report and says accountability is now being established....

Posted on 31/01/2014 - [Read More...]

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Group appointed to manage Welsh education transition

New panel of experts set up to ensure there is a seamless transition to Education Workforce Council....

Posted on 21/01/2014 - [Read More...]

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Minister encourages nominations for Pearson Teaching Awards

Welsh education minister calls on people to nominate outstanding teachers for national award....

Posted on 16/01/2014 - [Read More...]

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CPD a central part of Welsh teaching reforms

Huw Lewis says CPD is already a big priority in the best schools should be extended throughout the country....

Posted on 10/01/2014 - [Read More...]

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Minister outlines steps to Welsh education reform

Significant reform of education in Wales 'unlikely' before next Assembly election in 2016....

Posted on 27/12/2013 - [Read More...]

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Improving Welsh education sector 'will take time'

Wales was ranked as the worst performing member of the UK in the latest Programme for International Student Assessment tests....

Posted on 06/12/2013 - [Read More...]

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Welsh schools 'making solid progress'

Secondary schools in Wales have recorded their best-ever GCSE results for English and maths....

Posted on 29/11/2013 - [Read More...]

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Welsh councils plan education merger

Powys County Council is merging its education services with those of Ceredigion County Council in order to guarantee their sustainability....

Posted on 30/10/2013 - [Read More...]

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Welsh autistic pupils facing diagnosis wait

It has been reported that 340 potentially autistic children in the Hywel Dda local health board area are awaiting diagnosis, to the detriment of their education....

Posted on 14/10/2013 - [Read More...]

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Wales unveils support staff action plan

The Welsh government is targeting significant improvements in support staff's career progression....

Posted on 11/10/2013 - [Read More...]

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ICT should be rebranded, report urges

There needs to be an overhaul of how ICT is taught in school....

Posted on 07/10/2013 - [Read More...]

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Welsh government urged to make arts more central to curriculum

Arts Council of Wales has found almost all Welsh schools believe engaging with the arts improves pupil engagement, emotional wellbeing and interpersonal skills....

Posted on 26/09/2013 - [Read More...]

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Swansea education rated adequate by watchdog

Estyn has rated local authority education services in Swansea as adequate, but the watchdog believes the council has good potential for improvement....

Posted on 23/09/2013 - [Read More...]

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Welsh school kids taking slimming classes to get healthy

Nearly 1,000 school kids in Wales have been on a slimming class in 2013 so far....

Posted on 21/08/2013 - [Read More...]

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New initiative aims to improve south Wales schools

Swansea and Neath Port Talbot Councils are planning to cooperate in an attempt to bolster literacy and numeracy standards in their schools....

Posted on 16/08/2013 - [Read More...]

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Welsh AMs call for strategy to tackle truancy

The Welsh assembly's Children and Young People Committee has called on the Welsh government to implement a strategy for improving attendance in Welsh schools....

Posted on 13/08/2013 - [Read More...]

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Gwent schools singled out for interventions

More than 30 schools across Blaenau Gwent have reportedly been handed intervention plans by South East Wales Education Achievement Service....

Posted on 31/07/2013 - [Read More...]

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Study reveals high obesity levels among Welsh children

A new Public Health Wales study has shown that 28 per cent of five-year-olds in Wales have an unhealthy body mass index, while 12.5 per cent are obese....

Posted on 05/07/2013 - [Read More...]

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Report advocates making PE a core subject in Welsh curriculum

PE should be made a core subject in the Welsh curriculum so that more time is dedicated to teaching it in schools, an independent group has argued....

Posted on 28/06/2013 - [Read More...]

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Report advocates Welsh educational reforms

A report by Robert Hill for the Welsh government has advocated cutting the number of education services currently operating in Wales by a third....

Posted on 20/06/2013 - [Read More...]

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Welsh teachers encouraged to embrace digital learning

Teachers in Wales are being encouraged to take part in a digital learning conference that is being held on June 20th in Cardiff....

Posted on 11/06/2013 - [Read More...]

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Welsh parents express satisfaction with schools

A new survey has shown that 92 per cent of Welsh parents are satisfied with the standard of their children's primary school and 83 per cent with their secondary....

Posted on 31/05/2013 - [Read More...]

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Welsh parents facing truancy fines

Parents in Wales whose children are regular truants will be issued with fixed penalty notices of £60, which will double if they do not pay these fines within 28 days....

Posted on 21/05/2013 - [Read More...]

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Estyn wants further improvement in Blaenau Gwent

Estyn has again rated Blaenau Gwent's education provision as unsatisfactory due to issues around attainment and flaws in its school improvement initiatives....

Posted on 20/05/2013 - [Read More...]

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Panel calls for more emphasis on Welsh history

A panel of experts has said that pupils in the country should learn more about Wales' history, rather than just an Anglo-centric history of Britain....

Posted on 01/05/2013 - [Read More...]

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Swansea scheme to improve IT teaching praised

Leighton Andrews has praised the LIFE programme initiated in a Swansea primary school to better integrate digital technologies into teaching....

Posted on 26/04/2013 - [Read More...]

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Andrews calls on education professionals to tackle failing Welsh schools

Leighton Andrews has called on education professionals in Wales to "get a grip on the situation" after Estyn labelled five local education authorities as failing....

Posted on 22/03/2013 - [Read More...]

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Estyn brands two more Welsh local education authorities unsatisfactory

Estyn has advocated that education services in both Monmouthshire and Methyr Tydfil should be taken into special measures....

Posted on 22/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Estyn: More help needed for Wales' ablest pupils

Wales' schools inspection body Estyn has reported that fewer of the country's schools achieved good or excellent ratings in inspections last year....

Posted on 04/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Welsh primary schools see improvement in attendance

Just 6.7 per cent of half-day sessions were missed through authorised and unauthorised absences in Welsh primary schools in 2011-12, new figures show....

Posted on 24/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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High performing Welsh schools to provide leadership to others

The Lead and Emerging Practitioner Schools programme will see Wales' leading schools work with others for 18 months to help them improve performance....

Posted on 18/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Broadband boost for Welsh schools

The Welsh government has allocated £27 million to help the country's primary and secondary schools upgrade their internet connections....

Posted on 17/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Wales school branding system criticised

Ranking system for grading Welsh schools comes under fire...

Posted on 27/12/2012 - [Read More...]

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England calls for change as Wales opts for status quo

England is set for a period of great change within the qualification system, but Wales wants to keep the recognised brands....

Posted on 28/11/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teachers should be life-long learners, says expert

General Teaching Council for Wales chief executive Gary Brace says teachers need continuing professional development programmes...

Posted on 01/11/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh exam changes right, but timing is not, say unions

Teaching unions baffled by the Welsh government's decision to make changes to GCSE courses that have already started in wake of marking row...

Posted on 15/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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New Zealand teachers to learn from Welsh counterparts

Four New Zealand teachers are currently in Wales to learn more about bilingual teaching so that they can help the Maori tongue, te reo, survive...

Posted on 02/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh parents satisfied with schools

Nine in 10 Welsh parents are satisfied with the schools attended by their children, according to the National Survey for Wales...

Posted on 28/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh teachers encouraged to study for Masters in Education Practice

Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews wants to raise standards in schools by launching a new teacher development programme...

Posted on 24/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh could break away from England after exams row

Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews wants to see Wales develop its own examination system after GCSE controversy this summer...

Posted on 14/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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Microsoft: Academic outcomes should be priority when introducing new technology

UK education marketing manager at Microsoft says outcomes, apps and support all need to be considered when purchasing technology...

Posted on 12/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh Conservatives call for foreign languages at Key Stage 2

The Welsh Conservatives want Wales to be a trilingual nation...

Posted on 10/08/2012 - [Read More...]

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Cardiff schools to get their hands on touchscreen teaching devices

Wales pushing digital teaching agenda...

Posted on 18/07/2012 - [Read More...]

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£10m school renovation inspires teachers and pupils alike

Following a multi-million pound renovation project, Cefn Hengoed in Swansea has been transformed into a state-of-the-art teaching complex...

Posted on 27/06/2012 - [Read More...]

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Outstanding teachers celebrated at Pearson Teaching Awards

Four Welsh teachers have been congratulated by education minister Leighton Andrews after being named winners in the 2012 Pearson Teaching Awards...

Posted on 25/06/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh schools get film club funding boost

Pupils across Wales will be able to enjoy the magic of cinema after the government committed to continue funding FILMCLUB Cymru with a £272,600 grant ...

Posted on 08/06/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh government launches qualifications consultation

A review into the future of qualifications in Wales has published its initial findings – teachers are now being asked to offer their opinions...

Posted on 06/06/2012 - [Read More...]

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Babies get teaching jobs in Cardiff schools

UK charity Action for Children is running a new programme that employs babies as 'tiny teachers' in classrooms to help reduce bullying by teaching young pupils about empathy...

Posted on 21/05/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teachers to get govt help improving literacy standards

The Welsh government has announced it will make teacher support and professional development a key component of its new National Literacy Programme ...

Posted on 17/05/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh-medium teaching gets £5 million funding boost

The government in Wales has announced annual funding of more than £5 million for Welsh-medium teaching across the country...

Posted on 15/05/2012 - [Read More...]

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Wales helps primary teachers support gifted pupils

The Welsh government has launched a new training pack designed to assist people in teaching jobs to better support able and talented students...

Posted on 03/05/2012 - [Read More...]

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Female head teachers on the rise in Wales

In the last eight years the number of female head teachers in Wales has doubled, with nearly 32 per cent of all secondary school heads now women...

Posted on 26/04/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh universities to offer NQT masters programme

A consortium of universities in Wales has won its bid to provide the NQT masters programme recently unveiled by the government...

Posted on 20/04/2012 - [Read More...]

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Science comes to life for Welsh pupils

Science and mathematics education in Wales is to receive a boost after the government announced new funding for teaching programmes...

Posted on 10/04/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh government launches reading campaign

A campaign to get children in Wales reading more has been unveiled by the Welsh government in a bid to boost literacy standards...

Posted on 04/04/2012 - [Read More...]

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Language awards presented to Welsh primary schools

Welsh Primary teachers at two schools are celebrating after they won national awards in recognition of the high quality of their language education...

Posted on 19/03/2012 - [Read More...]

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Underperforming Welsh schools get funding boost

The Welsh educations minister Leighton Andrews has unveiled plans to give Band 4 and 5 schools £10,000 in funding to help drive improvements...

Posted on 12/03/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh Booktrust scheme pleases teachers

The Welsh government has announced funding of £200,000 per year for three years to help Booktrust's programmes boost literacy in Wales...

Posted on 06/03/2012 - [Read More...]

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Swansea school picks up top award

Gowerton Comprehensive has won the Third Millenium Learning Award after its secondary teachers were recognised for their pioneering use of modern technology...

Posted on 15/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Teachers in Welsh schools challenged by low literacy levels

Four in ten Welsh children enter secondary school with a lower-than-expected reading age, new research has revealed. ...

Posted on 01/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Eco-friendly school opens in Wales

A new primary school built through the 21st Century Schools Programme has become the first in Wales or England to be awarded an A+ Energy Performance Certificate...

Posted on 27/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Swansea schools celebrated for digital innovation

Primary and secondary teachers at two schools in Swansea have been praised by the Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews for their pioneering use of digital technology in the classroom...

Posted on 24/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Welsh teachers see school development completed

Following a £4 million investment from the government's 21st Century Schools Transitional Grant scheme another school has unveiled its new-look campus...

Posted on 29/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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Welsh NQTs offered new Masters programme

Newly Qualified Teachers in Wales will be offered the chance to continue their professional development on a three-year Masters programme when they enter their first teaching job...

Posted on 25/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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Anti-Bullying Week underway in Wales

Anti-Bullying Week in Wales is currently taking place as primary and secondary teachers hold activities to educate and inform students on issues surrounding bullying...

Posted on 16/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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Works starts on state-of-the-art Welsh primary school

Construction work has begun on a £6 million project to build a cutting-edge new primary school in Caerphilly, Wales...

Posted on 11/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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Free courses offered to improve teachers' Welsh

A programme to improve teachers' Welsh language will offer free courses throughout Wales...

Posted on 26/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Welsh favour a return to league tables, poll shows

A poll of Welsh citizens has found over half favour a return to school league tables, despite the recent implementation of a 'banding' system which arranges schools into quality groups...

Posted on 24/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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Review of Welsh qualifications will impact the future of teaching jobs

The Welsh Assembly is to conduct a major review of the Welsh qualifications system in the hope of simplifying it and making qualifications more valuable and relevant...

Posted on 29/09/2011 - [Read More...]

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Welsh government backs school singing scheme

Education minister Leighton Andrews has announced plans to invest £165,000 in a scheme to promote singing in Welsh schools....

Posted on 13/07/2011 - [Read More...]

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Change to Welsh education system 'essential'

The Welsh education system must be structured in a way that will deliver sustained improvement, it has been claimed. ...

Posted on 07/07/2011 - [Read More...]

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New literacy and numeracy framework for Wales

A new National Literacy and Numeracy Framework is to be introduced in schools across Wales, it has been revealed....

Posted on 29/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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Teachers 'given time out to improve Welsh language skills'

Teachers in Wales will be given time off to improve their knowledge of the Welsh language under a new government initiative launched this week....

Posted on 14/06/2011 - [Read More...]

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FE teacher training initiatives announced in Wales

The Welsh government has announced new initial teacher training (ITT) initiatives for eligible students beginning postgraduate courses of further education (FE) next year....

Posted on 27/05/2011 - [Read More...]

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Welsh pupils most likely to live in poverty

Teachers in Wales are more likely to have children from impoverished backgrounds in their classrooms than their counterparts in England or Scotland. ...

Posted on 24/02/2011 - [Read More...]

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Nurses and teachers credited for helping reduce teen pregnancies

School nurses and teachers in Wales are being credited with helping drive down teenage pregnancy rates. ...

Posted on 23/02/2011 - [Read More...]

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Education expert calls for shake-up of Welsh schools

The education system in Wales needs to be given a thorough makeover in order to boost standards, a leading expert has argued. ...

Posted on 23/02/2011 - [Read More...]

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A-level subject debate 'needed'

Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews is calling for a debate about the future of A-level and vocational subjects. ...

Posted on 15/02/2011 - [Read More...]

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Welsh local authorities 'spending less per pupil than England'

Welsh local authorities are continuing to spend less per pupil than their English counterparts, it has been revealed....

Posted on 26/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Four in ten Welsh pupils 'below standard in reading'

Approximately 40 per cent of Welsh schoolchildren are below the standard expected of them when it comes to reading. ...

Posted on 25/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Welsh baccalaureate 'made available to 7,500 more pupils'

The Welsh baccalaureate qualification is to be expanded, education minister Leighton Andrews has announced....

Posted on 17/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Welsh education minister unveils new school technology zone

Children at one school in Wales now have a cutting edge technology plaza at their disposal. ...

Posted on 14/01/2011 - [Read More...]

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Welsh language reading scheme launched for boys

Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews has welcomed the introduction of a new scheme to encourage primary pupils to read Welsh language books....

Posted on 02/12/2010 - [Read More...]

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Welsh Budget 'offers protection for education frontline'

Wales' draft Budget offers protection for the education frontline, it has been claimed....

Posted on 18/11/2010 - [Read More...]

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Axing school league tables 'has negative impact'

Axing school league tables in Wales has not had a positive impact, according to new research. ...

Posted on 02/11/2010 - [Read More...]

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Welsh students encouraged to study science

Welsh students are being encouraged to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects as part of a new £3 million project. ...

Posted on 28/10/2010 - [Read More...]

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Small amount of reading each day 'can dramatically help children'

Welsh education secretary Leighton Andrews has launched a new reading campaign, saying ten minutes per day can make a dramatic difference....

Posted on 05/08/2010 - [Read More...]

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More courses on offer to Welsh teens, says Estyn

The number of courses on offer to Welsh students has risen significantly in the last two years, according to education and training inspectorate Estyn....

Posted on 03/08/2010 - [Read More...]

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Specialist teaching jobs on offer at new centre

A specialist school in Wales will offer those in teaching jobs the chance to work with children who cannot be integrated into the traditional schools system....

Posted on 30/06/2010 - [Read More...]

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Welsh teaching jobs to move to 'super-school'

A new £60 million super-school is to open in Wales if the local council passes the proposals at a final meeting, meaning six local institutions could be relocated to the centre....

Posted on 23/06/2010 - [Read More...]

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Etiquette classes 'to be run by those in teaching jobs'

Etiquette classes will be conducted by those in teaching jobs at a college in Wales, meaning pupils will get advice on holding cutlery, writing thank you letters and behaving on the sporting field....

Posted on 22/06/2010 - [Read More...]

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OCR defends revised English curriculum

The OCR has defended changes that could see modern celebrities being studied for English GCSEs....

Posted on 11/06/2010 - [Read More...]

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Teachers benefit from skills development programme

People with teaching jobs are reportedly benefiting from a skills development scheme....

Posted on 10/06/2010 - [Read More...]

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