Any healthcare system relies on having enough well-trained, skilled and motivated staff and NHS Wales is no exception. Doctors are a key part of our local health services, but concerns about the recruitment, retention and sustainability of the medical workforce are well publicised. In the first half of 2017, the Assembly’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee undertook an inquiry into the recruitment and retention of medical staff in Wales. The Committee’s report following the inquiry will be discussed in Plenary on 20 September.
This article provides an update on the current position regarding the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill. We last blogged on this subject ahead of the Bill’s Stage 1 (general principles) debate in Plenary in June 2017.
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.