How do we support the development of strong, healthy and resilient children and young people? The Welsh Government’s vision for an effective school nursing service in Wales.

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The Revised School Nursing Framework for Wales

There is huge potential for school nurses to improve children and young people’s physical, emotional and psychological health; supporting them to achieve to the best of their ability during their school years and to grow up to be as healthy and resilient as possible. This is recognised in the Revised School Nursing Framework for Wales, published by the Welsh Government on 18 May 2017.

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Debate on the General Principles of the ALN Bill

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On Tuesday (6 June 2017), Assembly Members will debate the general principles of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill and vote whether to allow it to proceed to the second stage of the Assembly’s legislative process.

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Assessment for learning or accountability?

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This article provides some background information ahead of the Cabinet Secretary for Education’s statement in Plenary on Wednesday (24 May 2017), titled ‘Assessment for Learning – A distinct Welsh approach’.

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Leadership in education

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This afternoon (16 May 2017), the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams will make a statement in the Senedd about leadership in education.

Successive Estyn reports have highlighted the importance of strong and effective leadership to improving educational standards. In his most recent annual report (2015/2016), HM Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales said that leadership is the ‘most significant factor’ in school improvement. Estyn has also reported previously:

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An update on the Welsh Government’s approach to addressing the healthcare needs of children in school

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Healthcare needs in school

There cannot be much disagreement that children with medical needs must be supported to ensure they are able to access and enjoy their education and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Schools in Wales should have policies in place to administer medication. They should also be clear about how they will support children with short-term healthcare needs so that it doesn’t affect their participation in educational activities. There is also a small, but significant number of children and young people with complex and/or long-term healthcare needs, which requires more attention.

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