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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
- Minister supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- Porth Eirias set to be major North Wales attraction
- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written Statement - National Literacy Programme
On 8 November 2011 I made an oral statement to Plenary in which I set out the details of our National Literacy Programme. I committed to providing Members with updates on a regular basis. The National Literacy Programme is a five-year programme of action to transform standards of literacy in Wales. It requires every school in Wales focus on the development of literacy skills.
Our ‘Programme for Government’ stated that our aim for education is to ‘help everyone reach their potential, to reduce inequality, and to improve economic and social well-being’. My priorities are improving standards of literacy and numeracy and reducing the impact of deprivation on educational improvement.
Today I have published the National Literacy Programme which sets out the actions that will be taken by the Welsh Government and our partners to achieve a step-change in standards of literacy. By publishing the National Literacy Programme I have given a clear indication of the actions needed to raise standards.
The actions within the National Literacy Programme focus around 4 key themes:
• Setting national expectations and standards
• Greater support and development
• Stronger targeted interventions
• Greater accountability and challenge.
By embedding literacy skills in every aspect of education and by providing quality support, our ambition is:
• for learners of every age to become confident in their oracy skills and to become proficient readers and writers;
• learners will focus on the development of first language literacy in either English or Welsh with the expectation that learners attending Welsh-medium schools are equally literate in both languages by the end of Key Stage 2;
• learners who are currently falling behind their peers will achieve their potential;
• more able and talented learners will be appropriately challenged;
• learners will leave primary schools with improved literacy skills so that they benefit fully from their learning in secondary school;
• learners leaving compulsory education will have the reading, writing and oracy skills necessary for further education or employment.
Much has already been done to implement the actions set out in our National Literacy Programme. For example, development of the national reading tests is progressing at pace, the Masters in Educational Practice will begin in September and will include a literacy module and the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework will shortly be issued for consultation.
The National Literacy Programme will be reviewed on a regular basis in order to allow for new actions to be added if they are needed and for our plans to align with the best advice available. This will keep us focused on our ambition of consistent standards of literacy across Wales and, as a country, be better able to compete economically on a global scale.