Wales' draft Budget offers protection for the education frontline, it has been claimed.
Education minister Leighton Andrews has welcomed the Budget, saying it ensures that young people will not be disadvantaged.
"Clearly there have had to be reductions in some areas, however I have worked hard to prioritise our funding to limit the effect this will have on our children and young people, especially the most vulnerable," he commented.
Mr Andrews noted that schemes such as the revolutionary Foundation Phase and 14-19 Learning Pathways initiative have been protected.
"We have been strategic and pragmatic in the way we allocate our funding. By protecting schools, skills and early years budgets while honouring our ongoing commitments, we will continue to make Wales an education success story," he added.
In related news, Mr Andrews marked the start of Anti-Bullying Week on Monday (November 15th) by calling on teachers, parents and professionals to learn from each other's experiences and tackle the problem of bullying in schools.