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12 February 2013

A new package has been published in order to promote the raising of standards in Welsh second language in primary and secondary pupils. The aim of the package is to raise standards in the subject and to offer guidance for teachers on moderation and standardization.

The comprehensive bilingual training package, targeted at year six and seven teachers, will include teaching units that exemplify the movement of pupils from level four to level five of the National Curriculum. Copies have been sent to every primary and secondary school in Wales which teaches Welsh second language. A supply of copies has also been sent to teams of Welsh language in education officers in the four consortia so that they can be used to offer local courses.

As part of the package, the DVD will include four films displaying good practice. Two lessons were filmed in two schools: one in Newport and the other in Rossett, Wrexham. The first lesson was filmed at the beginning of the year and the second in June and the difference in the standard of the pupils’ work is seen after they used sections of the units offered in the book.

The book has been created by the Support Team for the Welsh language, supported by WJEC on behalf of the Welsh Government. The Team’s aim is to work closely with local authorities and schools to fulfil aspects of the Government’s Welsh-medium Education Strategy. 

Conferences will be held as part of the launch and every school is invited to send a representative for free.

Conference dates

22 February – The Village Hotel,Fabian Way, Swansea
26 February – Ramada Hotel, Wrexham
27 February – Holiday Inn Hotel, Newport
28 February – Novotel Hotel, Cardiff

For further information, or to book a place at a conference, contact:

Siân Williams, Educational Support Support Officer
029 2026 5177 sian.williams@wjec.co.uk

Dafydd Wyn, Communications Officer
029 2026 5102 dafydd.wyn@wjec.co.uk