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’.
Ahead of the plenary debate on social prescribing scheduled for Tuesday 23 May 2017, this article briefly summarises what is meant by the term ‘social prescribing’, the existing evidence base for this approach, and how social prescribing is being taken forward in Wales.
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:
The Trade Union (Wales) Bill (the Bill) was introduced on 16 January 2017 by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Mark Drakeford AM.
The Bill was introduced by the Welsh Government to amend specific provisions within the UK Trade Union Act 2016 which, in the Welsh Government’s view, will have an “adverse effect on the social partnership approach” in Wales. The social partnership is the Welsh Government’s approach to managing public sector staff and industrial relations in public services in Wales.
Stage 2 consideration of the Public Health (Wales) Bill was carried out in the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee on 23 March 2017.
All amendments brought forward by the Welsh Government were agreed. Whilst no opposition amendments were agreed, the Minister for Social Services and Public Health indicated that she would work with Members and consider bringing forward further amendments in a number of areas at Stage 3.
Article by Philippa Watkins, National Assembly for Wales Research Service.