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More courses on offer to Welsh teens, says Estyn

03/08/2010 Joanna
The rise in the number of courses on offer to Welsh learners between the ages of 14 and 19 has helped to improve academic attainment across the country's schools, a new report has concluded.

According to Estyn, the education and training inspectorate for Wales, there are more options than ever available to teenagers.

Some of the vocational subjects that students can now take up include salon services, construction and vehicle maintenance, news that may be of interest to people searching for teaching jobs.

"These learners now have more opportunities and experiences to help them develop the wider skills needed for life and work, as well as the support and guidance to help them reach their potential," said Estyn chief inspector Ann Keane.

However, the report noted that not enough learners are gaining qualifications in subjects such as maths, English and Welsh.

The Welsh Assembly Government launched a new action plan last month aimed at encouraging more teenage students to study foreign languages.
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