How students ordinarily resident in Wales (Welsh Students) get supported through university is about to undergo a major overhaul. The Welsh Government has consulted on its proposals to change Support funding for students resident in Wales from November 2016 to February 2017. Now the results of that consultation, as well as what student support will be available in 2018/19, are due to be announced in Plenary on 11 July 2017. With that announcement the next steps on the reform journey are likely to become clearer.
Yesterday, we posted an article about Wales’ results in PISA and the Welsh Government’s targets for future cycles. This referred to recent statements by the First Minister and the Cabinet Secretary about targets for PISA, which have highlighted the particular challenge of improving the standards of Wales’ highest achievers.
Recent statements by the First Minister and the Cabinet Secretary for Education have again focused attention on the Welsh Government’s approach towards the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and its aspirations for Wales’ performance in future cycles. This first article in a two-part series looks at Wales’ PISA results and the Welsh Government’s targets for improvement. Tomorrow, we will focus on outcomes for more able and talented learners, which is emerging as a specific challenge and particularly important to improving Wales’ international standing.
The Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill (‘the Bill’) was laid before the Assembly on 28 November 2016. The Bill was introduced in plenary by Mark Drakeford, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, on 29 November 2016.
On Tuesday 20 June 2017 the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams, will make a statement on Post Compulsory Education and Training Consultation. This is likely to be the announcement of the consultation on the Welsh Government’s plans to implement its response to Professor Ellen Hazelkorn’s report, Towards 2030: A framework for building a world-class post-compulsory education system for Wales.