Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2022-32 Consultation

Section 84 of The School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 requires a local authority to prepare a Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) setting out how they will develop Welsh-medium education.

Blaenau Gwent Council are currently consulting on their draft Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (2022-2032) which, if approved, will come into effect from September 2022.

The draft plan sets out how the local authority will carry out its education functions to improve and increase the use of Welsh in Education over the next ten years. The plan will contribute to Cymraeg 2050 initiative, where the Welsh Government wants to have 1 million Welsh speakers in Wales by 2050.

This is an opportunity for you to provide your views, comments and opinions on the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan. All responses will be considered in detail, along with the associated implications for the plan. We will then look to produce a final version for approval by Welsh Government Ministers and implementation from September 2022.

The statutory consultation period will run from Friday 5th November 2021 for 8 weeks, concluding on Monday 3rd January 2022. Please ensure to provide your feedback and responses prior to the closure of the consultation.

Please find a link to the draft WESP: Draft WESP

You can give your views on the draft WESP by either completing the questionnaire (link below)

Link to questionnaire: https://online1.snapsurveys.com/179rj

or by contacting us via one of the following:

Email: 21centuryschool@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Mail: 21st Century Schools, Education Department, Anvil Court, Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent. NP13 3DB.

All forms of communication and/or questionnaires must be completed by Monday 3rd January 2022 at 12pm.

What happens next?

At the end of the consultation period, all responses received will inform any updates and/or changes that need to be made to the plan. In January 2022, the plan will be taken via the Council's Executive Committee for, prior to being submitted to Welsh Ministers for consideration and approval by 31st January 2022.

Following submission of the plan, Welsh Ministers may:

  • approve the plan as submitted,
  • approve the plan with modifications, or
  • reject the plan and prepare another plan which will then be treated as the authority's approved plan.

The approved plan will run from September 2022 until August 2032.

For queries email 21centuryschools@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk or call 01495 357704.