This consultation document sets out Ceredigion County Council's vision for developing the Welsh language in its schools over the next ten years from September 2022 to 2032.
The consultation period will open on 20 September 2021 and close on 12 November 2021
It is a statutory requirement to publish a Welsh in Education Strategic Plan.
This is set out in the Welsh Government's School Standards and Organization (Wales) Act 2013.
The requirement includes local authority proposals and targets to:
- Improve the planning of the provision of Welsh-medium education (“Welsh-medium education”) in its area;
- Improve the standards of Welsh medium education and standards of Welsh teaching in its area
Welsh Government Target
The Welsh Government has set a target for Ceredigion Local Authority to increase its Welsh-medium provision for Year 1 children. Approximately 73% of our pupils are currently in Welsh-medium education. By 2032, the target is that 87% of our pupils will receive Welsh-medium education at 5 years of age.
Cymraeg 2050: A million Welsh Speakers (Welsh Goverment)
This is the foundation for seeing the Welsh language thrive. Today's contributions and the Council's contribution to the next 10-year strategy will support the aim to reach a million Welsh (and English) speakers by 2050.
Curriculum for Wales
Progression in Languages, Literacy and Communication in the new curriculum is based on a continuum of learning that enables learners with Welsh language skills, even a small amount, to develop and build on their skills and confidence. Everyone has the potential to develop their Welsh language skills, as they have the potential to develop other languages. Cymraeg 2050 is clear that Welsh-medium immersion - where the medium of teaching and learning is delivered wholly or mainly through the medium of Welsh - is the most reliable model for creating Welsh speakers with the skills and confidence to use the language comfortably in their daily lives.
Well-being and Future Generations Act
The act came into force in April 2015. To create a more sustainable Wales, public bodies must work towards seven Well-being Goals and implement the five Ways of Working. Seeing a vibrant Welsh culture where the Welsh language thrives is one of its core aims.
Ceredigion County Council’s Vision
By September 2032, Ceredigion County Council's aspiration is that all pupils in the authority's schools will receive Welsh-medium immersion education until the age of seven. Having an excellent foundation in speaking and communicating in Welsh will increase the pupil's choice and confidence to follow a fully bilingual path throughout the rest of his or her educational career and in facing the future world of work and social life. Not only will this benefit the individual and the position of the Welsh language in Ceredigion as a community language, it will also contribute very positively to Wales' national well-being goals and to the Welsh Government's aim of increasing the number of Welsh speakers to one million by 2050.
There is therefore a recognition that every child has the right to learn both Welsh and English. The benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism have been documented around the world and being so is the norm in most European countries and around the world.
This consultation is therefore an opportunity to have your say and influence the strategy for the next ten years. Remember that this is a draft document at the moment. Your views will influence the strategy for the next ten years.
How to respond
Once you have read the consultation document you can complete the electronic response form.
Alternatively you can request a copy by email to the address below and return to the same address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paper copies can be found at our local libraries or we can post copies. Response forms should be returned by the closing date to:
Clic / WESP consultation, Canolfan Rheidol, Rhodfa Padarn, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3UE
If you have any difficulties responding then please contact the email address above to indicate this.
We look forward to receiving your views.
Councilor Catrin Miles (Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning)
Councilor Ellen ap Gwyn (Leader of Ceredigion County Council)
We have shared Ceredigion County Council's 'Equality Monitoring Form'. It is not compulsory for you to respond to the questions as part of this consultation process, but offering the information will help us to see how successful we are in engaging with various sections of the communities and population of Ceredigion.