By continuing to use our site, you are agreeing for us to set a small number of cookies. Cookie policy

Desktop
Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
 
 
You are in :

​Written Assembly Questions tabled on 6 July 2016 for answer on 13 July 2016

R - Signifies the Member has declared an interest.
W - Signifies that the question was tabled in Welsh.

(Self-identifying question no. shown in brackets)

Written Questions must be tabled at least five working days before they are to be answered. In practice, Ministers aim to answer within seven/eight days but are not bound to do so. Answers are published in the language in which they are provided, with a translation into English of responses provided in Welsh.

 

To ask the First Minister

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the First Minister outline the timetable, structure and remit of the Welsh Government's 'specialist team' based in Brussels, as announced on 28 June? (WAQ70616)

Answer received on 13 July 2016

The First Minister (Carwyn Jones): The Welsh Government’s European Office in Brussels provides specialist support on European Union work. This platform will be supplemented by additional expertise from across the Welsh Government as negotiations develop in the months and years ahead.

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister outline his support plans for Welsh businesses in light of the EU Referendum result? (WAQ70612)

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister confirm whether he has spoken with Welsh business leaders in light of the EU Referendum result? (WAQ70613)

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister outline the discussions he has had with the UK Government with regard to Welsh businesses and access to the Single Market? (WAQ70615)

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister outline his plans for supporting and protecting economic growth in Wales after the EU Referendum result? (WAQ70622)

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Has the Minister made an assessment of his departmental budget since the EU Referendum result and, if so, will he provide a breakdown of funding provided by the European Union to specific projects for 2017-18 under his purview? (WAQ70623)

Answer received on 13 July 2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure (Ken Skates): There are significant challenges ahead as a result of the EU referendum. I have been meeting with businesses and am undertaking a range of measures to provide assurance and maintain business confidence including a programme of business engagement and a drive to support Welsh exporters.
We are currently assessing the impact on our funding but we have made it clear that the money that comes into Wales from the EU must now be replaced by money from the UK Government and the First Minister has written to the Prime Minister asking for confirmation that every penny of this funding is safe. We have also made it clear that Wales must be fully involved in negotiations on the terms and timing of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

 
Russell George (Montgomeryshire): What discussions has the Minister had with the North Wales Economic Ambition Board following the EU Referendum result? (WAQ70619)

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister confirm that any funding set aside for North Wales growth will not be affected by the EU Referendum result? (WAQ70620)

Answer received on 13 July 2016

Ken Skates: I am in regular dialogue with the North Wales Economic Ambition Board. On 8 July, I held a North Wales Summit, at which the Ambition Board was represented, to seek agreement on defining a coherent regional vision which aligns with the proposed Northern Powerhouse.
On 30 June, I issued a statement in which I stressed that my priority, following the EU Referendum result, is to maintain economic confidence and stability and protect jobs across all parts of Wales.

 

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister provide an update on his discussions with the UK Government regarding the future of Tata Steelworks at Port Talbot? (WAQ70624)

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister outline his plans to support the steel industry in Wales after the EU referendum result? (WAQ70625)

Answer received on 13 July 2016

Ken Skates: Our discussions with the UK Government are ongoing. Many of our discussions are, of course, commercially sensitive. I up-dated Members on those areas I am able to share during a Debate in the Chamber on 6 July. I also provided Members with a full up-date regarding our support for the steel industry following the EU referendum result.

 

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): What steps will the Welsh Government take to ensure the essential provision of rest break and service facilities in future M4 relief road plans? (WAQ70626)

Answer received on 13 July 2016

Ken Skates: Our plan for the M4 Corridor around Newport will provide quicker, shorter and more reliable journeys between existing services at junction 30 and junction 23a, which will in turn enhance driver safety on our network. 

 

Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central):
In relation to WAQ70336 and WAQ70338, will the Minister provide the numbers and monetary values originally requested? (WAQ70627)

Answer received on 13 July 2016

Ken Skates: I have commissioned an exercise across my department to assist in the development of a new economic strategy for Wales.  This exercise includes an analysis on the grants and loans to businesses.  This exercise is ongoing.

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children

Mark Isherwood (North Wales): What discussions has the Minister had with Police and Crime Commissioners to combat hate crimes in Wales, since May 2016? (WAQ70628)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children (Carl Sargeant): I have spoken to each Commissioner individually since becoming the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children. I also attended the All Wales Policing Group on Monday 4 July 2016, where I stressed the importance of responding appropriately to reports of hate crime, particularly in the wake of the EU Referendum.

 

Mark Isherwood (North Wales): What discussions has the Minister had with third sector organisations about race relations in Wales, since May 2016? (WAQ70629)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Carl Sargeant: I have written to stakeholders setting out a clear and strong message that they should continue to urge victims to come forward and report incidences of suspected hate crimes and to reiterate that this Government continues to take a zero tolerance approach.

 

Mark Isherwood (North Wales): Given that the Race Council Cymru found in 2015 that 81 per cent of Black and Ethnic Minority respondents to its survey had experienced racism in the last five years, will the Minister outline his immediate plans and strategic priorities over the course of this Assembly term to address xenophobia, racism and religious discrimination in Wales? (WAQ70630)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Carl Sargeant: Tackling Hate Crimes and Incidents: A Framework for Action sets out this Government's commitment to challenge hostility and prejudice across protected characteristics including race and faith. Progress and actions are updated annually to demonstrate progress and I will be publishing an update of the 2015/16 Delivery Plan later this month, alongside a new 2016-17 plan.

 

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government

Russell George (Montgomeryshire):Will the Minister detail his discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer since the EU Referendum result? (WAQ70614)

Answer received on 13 July 2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government (Mark Drakeford): Wales, as a net beneficiary of EU funding, must not lose out as a result of the recent referendum.  The case for the £600 million per year which the EU has committed to Wales still stands.

I recently met the Finance Ministers of Scotland and Northern Ireland and the implications of the EU referendum outcome on the devolved administrations were at the forefront of our discussions.  We have written jointly to the Chancellor outlining our collective concerns around the EU referendum outcome and the resulting impact on devolved budgets.

I am also meeting the Chief Secretary to the Treasury later this month.  I will be clear that the UK Government must guarantee that every penny of EU funding will be replaced.

 

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister confirm whether he has had discussions with the UK Government regarding the Cardiff and Swansea City Deals since the EU referendum result and, if so, will he detail those discussions? (WAQ70617)

Answer received on 14 July 2016

Mark Drakeford: I remain committed to progressing all Deals in Wales.  There were extensive discussions between Welsh and UK Ministers during the Fourth Assembly in the creation of the Cardiff Capital Region Deal. 

This Ministerial level dialogue will continue as the Swansea Bay City Deal is developed and the Cardiff Capital Region Deal enters the delivery phase.

On-going discussions will seek to ensure we bring these opportunities to fruition for the benefit of both regions.

 

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister confirm that he will be working with the UK Government to ensure that infrastructure projects announced for Wales will continue to go ahead in light of the EU Referendum result? (WAQ70618)

Answer received on 13 July 2016

Mark Drakeford: The First Minister has written to the UK Government Prime Minister calling for a guarantee that Wales should not lose out from an EU withdrawal, including EU funds allocated to Wales.
On 5 July, I spoke with the UK Minister for Europe, David Lidington MP, to reiterate this message so planned infrastructure investments, including Phase 2 of the Metro, are not put at risk.
While Brexit arrangements are being made for the longer term, we are continuing to invest EU funds in projects, as citizens, businesses and communities need this investment.
I will be speaking regularly with Ministers from the UK Government and from the other Devolved Administrations so we are fully involved in negotiations on the terms of a Brexit and the best possible deal for Wales is secured.

 

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister provide a breakdown of infrastructure projects in Wales that were earmarked to receive EU funding until 2020? (WAQ70621)

Answer received on 13 July 2016

Mark Drakeford: As agreed with the European Commission, European Structural Funds 2014-2020 have been earmarked for the following infrastructure schemes relating to connectivity:

  • South Wales Metro Phase 1 and Phase 2, led by the Welsh Government; and
  • TEN-T road network improvements to the A40 and A55, led by the Welsh Government.

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Education

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): Will the Minister make a statement on the Welsh Government's education workforce planning arrangements and the action she is taking to ensure that there is an adequate supply of staff for Welsh schools? (WAQ70596)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Education (Kirsty Williams): We have a Teacher Planning and Supply Model (TPSM) which is used to inform decisions on intake targets for Initial Teacher Education Training (ITET). The TPSM projects the desired number of teachers required based on pupil projections and current pupil-teacher ratios. It also projects the number of in-service teachers and the subsequent over or under supply of teachers, given flows in and out of service. These flows cover the in-flow of newly qualified teachers and re-entrants to teaching in Wales, and the loss of teachers due to retirements and other reasons for leaving.
In addition, we are working on bringing regulations into force which would enable the collection of a greater level of information on the school workforce in Wales. This will help to consolidate and improve our school workforce intelligence and to enable effective workforce planning to ensure that the right people with the right skills are deployed to provide a committed and motivated workforce.
We have kept ITET intake targets at a steady state in recent years following a period of substantial reduction to overall numbers and while the review and reform of ITET is underway. The Welsh Government encourages all three ITET Centres to actively promote their courses to attract and recruit the very best and brightest individuals with the right skills and personal qualities to consider teaching as a career.
Financial incentives are currently available to attract graduates with the highest levels of subject knowledge onto postgraduate ITET programmes. In recent years the Welsh Government has targeted the highest levels of financial support toward attracting graduates with high levels of subject knowledge in the secondary designated priority recruitment subjects of mathematics, chemistry, physics, Welsh, foreign languages and computer science. Financial incentives are also currently available for graduates considering primary teaching and those wishing to train to teach through the medium of Welsh. For academic year 2016/17 training incentives of up to £20,000 will be available to support graduate students who want to train to teach key recruitment priority subjects in our schools. Eligible Welsh students will also be entitled to a tuition fee grant to support their studies.
Welsh Government also operates employment-based teacher training routes which enables individuals, whilst undertaking their teacher training and working towards achieving QTS, to be employed as unqualified teachers in a school. This flexibility offers the opportunity to commence a career in teaching, whilst also receiving a consistent salary for the duration – which is vital to career changers and those with family and financial commitments.

 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): Will the Minister make a statement on the anticipated number of extra teachers required to implement the Welsh Government's commitment to limit class sizes to a maximum of 25? (WAQ70597)

Answer received on 23 October 2017

Kirsty Williams: Whilst I have asked my officials to scope out options to reduce class sizes, I am not in a position to state what additional staff will be required.

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): Will the Minister make a statement on the timetable for the implementation of the Welsh Government's commitment to limit class sizes to a maximum of 25? (WAQ70598)

Answer received on 23 October 2017
 
Kirsty Williams: I have identified as a key priority, the need to reduce workload and to enable teachers to spend more time supporting pupils. I am not yet prepared to set out the timetable for this action. In the meantime, our existing school improvement initiatives will continue to promote higher standards. 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): Will the Minister make a statement on the timetable for the introduction of a Music Endowment Fund in Wales and the funding which the Welsh Government intend to make available? (WAQ70599)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Kirsty Williams: The Music Services Task and Finish Group, set up by my predecessor in early 2015, laid out several recommendations for safeguarding opportunities for young people in Wales to access music related activities. These recommendations were accepted in in October 2015. One of the accepted recommendations was the commissioning of a feasibility study to investigate the possibility and parameters for the establishment of a National Endowment for Music. The endowment would support the development of opportunities for young people to realise their possibilities through music skills and talents.

Trio consulting was commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales to undertake a feasibility study on the establishment of the endowment, which was presented to the previous Minister for Education and Skills and Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism in December 2015.

This endowment could potentially unlock new and exciting opportunities for young people in Wales. However, it is of the upmost importance that the process of bringing it into being is considered carefully. Consultation and planning must involve a comprehensive range of potential partners and beneficiaries to ensure that it maximises the opportunities it can deliver for the young people of Wales; especially those who may face barriers to accessing existing music education opportunities.

Over the coming weeks I will be discussing with the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure how we take the endowment forward and to agree the timetable. 

 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): Will the Minister make a statement on the future of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, including any plans she may have for its reform and the anticipated costs of any reforms? (WAQ70600)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Kirsty Williams: The previous Minister for Education and Skills commissioned a review of the oversight and regulation of post-compulsory education and training in Wales in response to the growing diversification of provision and increasing complexity of oversight arrangements.
Professor Hazelkorn’s report, which was published in March, provides a very comprehensive analysis of the current arrangements for oversight and regulation and contains a number of proposals intended to create a sustainable, coherent and competitive PCET system for Wales. Her recommendations included a proposal to establish a Tertiary Education Authority which would replace HEFCW.
Professor Hazelkorn’s review provides a real opportunity for us to rethink our post-compulsory education system and it is essential that we consider her proposals carefully to ensure that any replacement system ensures the best opportunities and outcomes for learners. I will issue a response once I have had an opportunity to fully consider the findings and recommendations contained in the report, including any potential implications for learners, for HEFCW and for the sector as a whole.

 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): What action is the Welsh Government taking to promote the use of school buildings by local communities outside of school term and operating times? (WAQ70601)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Kirsty Williams: The 21st Century Schools Programme requires all projects to include community benefits. Band A of the Programme will see a £1.4 billion investment in the rebuild and refurbishment of over 150 schools and colleges across Wales over the five year period ending 2019.
Local authorities are encouraged to think innovatively about the provision of services in their area and achieve the best value for money, for example, the opportunity to co-locate services e.g. housing a local library at the school. We also encourage local authorities to consider opportunities for community use of assets, for example use of sports facilities.
In law the governing body is responsible for the control of school premises both within and outside school hours subject to any directions by the local authority and any transfer of control agreement in place.

The previous Minister for Education and Skills asked the Public Policy Institute Wales to provide expert advice on how school facilities can be used more extensively by communities. The PPIW’s report entitled ‘Increasing the use of School Facilities was published last March. I intend to consider the report and its recommendations in taking this forward.

 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): Will the Minister make a statement on how much investment in new school buildings the Welsh Government intends to make available during the fifth Assembly? (WAQ70602)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Kirsty Williams: Band A of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme extends over the five year period ending 31 March 2019. During this wave of investment, £1.4 billion will be invested in the rebuild and refurbishment of over 150 schools and colleges across Wales.
My officials are currently undertaking work to plan and develop the second wave of investment, which runs from 2019 – 2024. A £500 million revenue budget for this work has already been announced, and further work is being undertaken to establish the need for investment in educational infrastructure in Wales to inform additional budget allocation.

 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): Will the Minister make a statement on whether she has any plans to change the methodology for the funding of schools and/or local authorities in Wales? (WAQ70603)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Kirsty Williams: There are no current proposals to review the way in which schools are funded in Wales. Local authorities are responsible for school funding, and this is set out in law in Wales. The funding which the Welsh Government provides for statutory age education in schools is delivered through the Local Government Revenue Settlement Revenue Support Grant. This funding is not ring-fenced as the Welsh Government considers that local authorities are best placed to judge local needs and circumstances and to fund schools accordingly.
In terms of the funding methodology for local authorities, this is properly a matter for the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government. I understand the Settlement is kept under an annual programme of review which is overseen by a working group of experts from across Wales, including representatives from the Welsh Local Government Association and local authorities.

 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): By Welsh local authority, how many Welsh-medium schools were closed in each of the past 10 years? (WAQ70604)

Answer received on 14 July 2016

The Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language (Alun Davies): The requested information is in the attached table.
This information does not include the schools involved in amalgamations where schools close and are replaced by new schools either on existing sites or new sites.

Welsh medium schools closed in the last 10 academic years (a) (b)       
            
 2006/072007/082008/092009/102010/112011/122012/132013/142014/152015/16Total
Isle of Anglesey00002200105
Gwynedd00301003007
Conwy00010100204
Denbighshire00000010001
Flintshire00000000000
Wrexham00000000000
Powys00020000002
Ceredigion421632002020
Pembrokeshire01000000001
Carmarthenshire121122413017
Swansea10000000001
Neath Port Talbot00000200013
Bridgend00000000000
The Vale of Glamorgan00000000000
Rhondda Cynon Taf00000000000
Merthyr Tydfil00000000000
Caerphilly00000000000
Blaenau Gwent00000000000
Torfaen00000000000
Monmouthshire00000000000
Newport00000000000
Cardiff00000001001
Wales6551089558162
Source: Schools Register and School Census         
(a) The definition of Welsh medium type changed in 2007/08 for primary schools and 2008/09 for secondary schools. Before that time it  

 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): By Welsh local authority, how many faith schools were closed in each of the past 10 years? (WAQ70605)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Kirsty Williams: The information you requested is in the attached table.
 
This information does not include the schools involved in amalgamations where schools close and are replaced by new schools either on existing sites or new sites. 

Voluntary aided/controlled schools closed in the last 10 academic years (a)      
            
 2006/072007/082008/092009/102010/112011/122012/132013/142014/152015/16Total
Isle of Anglesey00000000000
Gwynedd00000000000
Conwy00000000000
Denbighshire00001000001
Flintshire00000001001
Wrexham10000000001
Powys10020032019
Ceredigion00000000101
Pembrokeshire10002000003
Carmarthenshire00010010204
Swansea00000000000
Neath Port Talbot00000000000
Bridgend00000000000
The Vale of Glamorgan00000000000
Rhondda Cynon Taf00000000000
Merthyr Tydfil00000000000
Caerphilly00000000000
Blaenau Gwent00000000000
Torfaen00000000000
Monmouthshire00000000011
Newport01000000001
Cardiff00000100001
Wales310331433223
Source: Schools Register
(a) Schools closed on 31 August are included in the following academic year, e.g. 31/8/2015 will be in academic year 2015/16.

 

 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): By Welsh local authority, how many maintained schools were closed in each of the past 10 years? (WAQ70606)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Kirsty Williams: The information you requested is in the attached table.
This information does not include the schools involved in amalgamations where schools close and are replaced by new schools either on existing sites or new sites.

Maintained schools closed in the last 10 academic years (a)        
            
 2006/072007/082008/092009/102010/112011/122012/132013/142014/152015/16Total
Isle of Anglesey00002200105
Gwynedd00301013008
Conwy00110110206
Denbighshire00001010002
Flintshire01030001106
Wrexham10000000001
Powys102302521218
Ceredigion421632002020
Pembrokeshire12103000007
Carmarthenshire121122413017
Swansea20003010006
Neath Port Talbot00000300058
Bridgend00000211105
The Vale of Glamorgan00000000000
Rhondda Cynon Taf520010015115
Merthyr Tydfil10001020105
Caerphilly02000000002
Blaenau Gwent01002001105
Torfaen11000000316
Monmouthshire20102000016
Newport01010001104
Cardiff01000111105
Wales19151015211517122310157
Source: Schools Register     
(a) Schools closed on 31 August are included in the following academic year, e.g. 31/8/2015 will be in academic year 2015/16.

 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): Will the Minister make a statement on the total funding allocated to each Welsh local authority as part of the 21st Century Schools Programme in each year since it was established? (WAQ70607)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Kirsty Williams:  The 21st Century Schools and Education Programme is a strategic capital investment Programme that will see investment of £1.4 billion over the five year period ending 2019. 
 
Each local authority area in Wales has a funding envelope agreed in principle; individual schemes are then approved for release of funding subject to the provision of an appropriate business case.  Following approval of business cases, funding is drawn down by local authorities as projects progress through construction.
 
Funding is provided 50% from the Welsh Government and 50% from local authorities.
 
The table below includes funding paid out since the launch of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme in 2014, which is then match funded by local authorities.  It excludes transitional 21st Century Schools funding of £443 million, which was available from 2012.

Local AuthorityTotal Programme Envelope over five year period
£m
2014-15
Drawdown
£m
2015-16
Drawdown
£m
Anglesey 33.44  2.603  5.369
Blaenau Gwent 20.25  2.910  3.425
Bridgend 48.06  1.150  4.500
Caerphilly 53.50  7.000  5.950
Cardiff 164.12  9.198  20.717
Carmarthenshire 86.70  4.543  6.000
Ceredigion 39.20  7.590  3.860
Conwy 17.95  2.968  4.223
Denbighshire 86.10  10.388  7.719
Flintshire 64.20  15.772  4.330
Gwynedd 48.32  5.204  7.781
Merthyr Tydfil 19.00  3.500  1.625
Monmouthshire 83.50  13.531  9.371
Neath Port Talbot 126.60  9.459  6.114
Newport 27.00  0.472 0.054
Pembrokeshire 147.86  9.555  10.334
Powys 79.96  2.130 0.000  
Rhondda Cynon Taf 160.00  11.925  9.395
Swansea 51.31  5.702  4.305
Torfaen 81.60  13.250  4.000
Vale of Glamorgan 30.84  4.305  4.963
Wrexham 22.30  1.319  5.694
 1,491.83 144.474 129.729

 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): Will the Minister outline how her department has been engaging with pioneer schools to date? (WAQ70608)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Kirsty Williams:  The Pioneer Schools Network is facilitated by the Welsh Government and supported by an all-Wales partnership that includes Estyn, regional consortia, wider school networks, curriculum and assessment experts, and Qualifications Wales.  It has developed during this academic year and focussed on three areas – design and development of the Digital Competence Framework; design and development of the new curriculum and assessment arrangements; and workforce development. During this time Welsh Government has: -

  • facilitated a series of events to provide the opportunity for Pioneer Schools to plan and take their work forward;
  • worked closely with regional consortia to ensure that Pioneers have access to ongoing, high quality support and expertise; and
  • helped establish a series of steering groups drawn from within the Pioneer Network to shape, co-ordinate and quality assure the various strands of their work as it moves forward.

 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): What discussion has the Minister or her officials had with counterparts in the Scottish Government regarding their experiences of curriculum reform and how has this informed her plans in respect of the implementation of curriculum reform in Wales? (WAQ70609)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Kirsty Williams:  Welsh Government officials have had various discussions with counterparts in the Scottish Government. There is much we can learn from Scotland's experience as well as many other countries and education systems that have made or are considering curriculum and wider system reforms.  However, from the outset it was agreed this would be a 'made in Wales' curriculum.  We are not into a copy cat approach however we will draw on national and international thinking and best practice. 

 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): What consideration has the Minister given to the findings of the expert group review of the Scottish Government's Curriculum for Excellence and will she make a statement on any action she intends to take as a result? (WAQ70610)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Kirsty Williams: Our approach to curriculum reform in Wales will continue to draw on and learn from national and international thinking and best practice. As part of this, I and my officials have given consideration to the findings of the report ‘Improving Schools in Scotland: An OECD perspective’.
For example, the report highlighted the vital role the ‘middle tier’ can play in education reform. From the outset Welsh Government has worked with Local Authorities, their regional consortia and the WLGA to design and facilitate our approach to education reform. We will continue to work with our ‘middle tier’ colleagues as the reform process progresses.
Furthermore, as set out in ‘A curriculum for Wales: a curriculum for life’ our plan for education reform draws together the recommendations in Professor Donaldson’s report, Successful Futures, with our plans to develop the capacity and capability of our workforce and to take forward the recommendations in Teaching Tomorrows Teachers.

 

Darren Millar (Clwyd West): What funding has the Welsh Government provided to support continuing professional development in each of the past three years? (WAQ70611)

Answer received on 12 July 2016

Kirsty Williams: Continuing professional development forms a critical part of our wider school improvement agenda and an essential part of the support and investment that we make in support staff, teachers and leaders in Wales.
In my statement on 12 July I set out my intention to develop a workforce and leadership strategy to set out a clear and coherent picture of the way the workforce will be developed and supported. This strategy will build upon existing plans such as the deployment of Pioneer schools to support ‘peer to peer’ professional learning, introduction of an enhanced Professional Learning Passport and strengthened School Development Plans to support more effective planning and choice of professional learning. It will continue to implement the reforms of initial teacher education proposed by Professor John Furlong. The strategy will also strengthen the focus in areas such as the development on new Professional Teaching Standards, leadership development including the establishment of a Welsh Academy of Leadership, the development of learning support staff and starting the transition to an all Masters teaching profession.
Investment in education over the last three years has been made in a way which enables Head Teachers and school leaders to determine their priorities for spending, including investing in continuing professional development. This spending has included broad grants such as the Education Improvement Grant for Schools and some of its legacy grants, as well as more targeted programmes of investment including through Schools Challenge Cymru and the new GCSE grant. In the three years from 2014-15 to 2016-17 the EIG and its legacy grants alone provided a total investment of more than £447.6 million, a significant proportion of which was delegated to schools and could be used to support professional learning.

 

 

Partners & Help