Welsh Language Teaching Shake Up; Ministers Back Axing of GCSE Short Course

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Byline: TOM BODDEN Welsh Affairs Correspondent

TEACHING Welsh as a compulsory second language in schools should undergo a major overhaul, ministers said yesterday.

The GCSE Welsh 'short course' - criticised as failing to provide adequate language skills - should be scrapped. GCSE, AS and A level Welsh second language qualifications must also be revised, the Welsh Government said.

First Minister Carwyn Jones and education minister Huw Lewis endorsed a call in an independent review that for Welsh in English medium schools to be reformed after concern over poor standards and low attainment.

A year-long review chaired by Professor Sioned Davies recommended changes to improve the learning experience in English medium schools for 14-16 year olds.

The Welsh Government said yesterday it will take steps in response to the 'One language for all' report, including the promotion of Welsh as a skill for the workplace, and continued training for teachers.

Prof Graham Donaldson, undertaking an independent review of curriculum and assessment in Wales, will now consider the recommendations which were submitted to ministers in September 2013.

The review urged that Welsh second language should continue to be compulsory for all pupils in Wales up to GCSE and that the subject should have equal status as core subjects in the curriculum. …