Welsh-medium teaching and education in Wales received a funding boost yesterday with the announcement that more than £5 million will be provided by the government.
Unveiling the annual budget yesterday (May 14th), education and skills minister Leighton Andrews reiterated his commitment to Welsh education and announced that a total of £5.63 million will be provided for the current financial year.
Grants for local authorities' (LAs) provision of Welsh education are announced every year, with the money used to fund Welsh language teaching as well as Welsh-medium teacher training.
LAs are expected to match fund at least one-third of their allocation and the government forecasts than an additional £3.6 million will be spent to bring the total national budget to £8.65 million.
All 22 LAs were asked to submit applications for funding, with their allocation depending on a range of criteria and priorities.
Cardiff received the biggest budget, with £422,442 coming from the government and a further £262,064 to be contributed by the LA itself.
Money will also be used to pay for follow-up support for education professionals who have take part in the Sabbaticals Scheme.
A range of new activities designed to increase young people's use of the Welsh language will also be funded with the new budget, including out-of-school classes, quiz books and events.
"I am committed to seeing the Welsh language thrive by providing people with access to Welsh-medium education and also by creating more opportunities for young people to use the language outside the school gates," said Mr Andrews.
"This funding will develop and strengthen Welsh-medium education provision across Wales in line with our Welsh-medium Education Strategy."
Some £200,000 has been made available this year to fund a range of new schemes that are designed to improve the linguistic transition from primary to secondary schools.
A further £400,000 has been dedicated to programmes intended to get late-starters speaking Welsh.
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