The Welsh Language Commissioner Annual Report 2016-17

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On Tuesday 14th November 2017, a debate will be held in Plenary on the Welsh Language Commissioner’s Annual Report 2016-17.

The statutory report provides information and details regarding the work of the Commissioner and a review of issues relevant to the Welsh language during the reporting year.

The Commissioner recently appeared before the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee (CWLC Committee) to discuss her report.

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A ‘missed opportunity’? What next for Welsh in Education Strategic Plans?

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Welsh-medium education is never far from the headlines and the issue will again be debated by Assembly Members on Tuesday 10 October 2017. Alun Davies, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language will be making a statement on the ‘Rapid Review of the Welsh in Education Strategic Plans 2017-2020’ (WESPs).

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Cymraeg 2050 – Turning ambition into reality (Part 2)

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Yesterday’s article provided some context to the Welsh Government’s draft Welsh language strategy, and insight into the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee Report on the Welsh Government’s proposals. It also looked at key aspects of the Welsh Government’s Final Strategy – Cymraeg 2050 (PDF, 2.79MB).

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Cymraeg 2050 – Turning ambition into reality (Part 1)

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Context

A little over a year ago on the ‘Maes’ at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny, the First Minister and the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language launched a consultation on the Welsh Government’s draft new Welsh Language Strategy. The consultation ended on 31st October 2016. The previous strategy, A living language: a language for living 2012-2017 (PDF 800KB) officially came to an end on 31 March 2017.

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White Paper – Proposals for a new Welsh Language Bill (Part 2)

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In the first part of this article, we looked at the main proposals in the Welsh Government’s White Paper – Striking the right balance: proposals for a Welsh Language Bill (PDF, 870KB). This part of the article looks at some of the finer details within the consultation document.

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White Paper – Proposals for a new Welsh Language Bill (Part 1)

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This article is in two parts, with the first part setting the context and providing an overview of the Welsh Government’s main proposals for a Welsh Language Bill. The second part, to be published this afternoon, will provide more detail on the Government’s proposals.

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New publication: Welsh-medium and bilingual provision in Further and Higher Education

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This briefing provides an overview of Welsh-medium and bilingual provision in the Further and Higher Education sectors in Wales. It explains the policy context and identifies key institutions and initiatives. The paper also gives statistics on the number of Welsh-medium and bilingual learning activities in these sectors and the number of learners studying through Welsh or bilingually. The Welsh Government has a target of one million Welsh speakers by 2050 and sees education and linguistic progression as one of the main ways to achieve this, as stated in its new Welsh Language Strategy. The report of the Welsh Government task and finish group on the future of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol is due to be published soon.

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