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Minister announces extra £30 million for Welsh medium education

A Minister has announced an additional £30 million to develop new Welsh-medium education.

A Minister has announced an additional £30 million to develop new Welsh-medium education.

According to Kirsty Williams, the Education Minister, the capital investment is part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to reach 1 million Welsh speakers by 2050.

It wants to support all learners to become Welsh speakers by the time they leave school.

The Welsh Government aims to increase capacity in Welsh-medium schools, support the early immersion of Welsh language skills by improving transition from childcare to primary.

It also wants to help learners in English-medium and bilingual schools improve their skills and confidence in Welsh.
The new curriculum for Wales will introduce a continuum of progression and expectations of Welsh Language acquisition for the first time. Bilingual schools will also teach a greater proportion of the curriculum through Welsh.

The funding is a second tranche of investment from the Welsh Medium Capital Grant, established in 2018.

The Welsh Government has already provided £46 million to local authorities through the scheme, supporting 46 projects across Wales so far and creating nearly 3,000 school and childcare places.

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