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Welsh in education: Action plan 2017 – 22

In December 2017, the Welsh Government announced its Action Plan for Welsh in education for the next four years. This Plan is one of a suite of action plans stemming from the Cymraeg 2050 strategy and it outlines how the Government intends to reach the goal of creating a million Welsh speakers by 2050.

There are targets in the plan on increasing the numbers studying through the medium of Welsh and also it emphasises the importance of increasing the numbers and capacity of teachers to teach Welsh as a subject and medium.

http://gov.wales/docs/dcells/publications/171212-welsh-in-education-action-plan-2017-21-en.pdf

Cymraeg 2050: Welsh language strategy

Here is a link to the Welsh Government’s strategy to create a million Welsh speakers by 2050. Also found here is the Work Programme, or Action Plan, outlining how they aim to reach the target.

http://gov.wales/topics/welshlanguage/welsh-language-strategy-and-policies/cymraeg-2050-welsh-language-strategy/?skip=1&lang=en

Training Programme

RHD Consultancy YmgynghorIAITH – Taflen ar gyrsiau hyfforddi [Saesneg] pdf

Today we are publishing our Training Programme which lists the huge number of different corporate training we offer. There are courses on presentation skills and public speaking, training on managing people and projects, courses on what is value for money, or what about a course on governance and training for governors and Board members? All courses can be provided in English or Welsh. Also, there are many courses on Welsh language policy planning, conducting impact assessments and how to mainstream the Welsh language into decision making in your organisation.

Phone 029 22362106 to enquire about courses.

FREE Welsh training courses

An exciting, new Programme is underway and there are fabulous opportunities available to train and develop the Welsh language skills of the workforce, nationally. The new Work Welsh Programme is innovative and provides organisations with the opportunity to invest in their staff and improve services provided in Welsh.

The National Welsh Language Teaching Centre announced that RHD Consultancy is a recognised provider to deliver the training courses under the Programme. The Managing Director said, “We are very pleased to announce that RHD CONSULTANCY is one of the providers. We look forward to providing intensive courses in Work Welsh very soon. This is a golden opportunity to develop your workforce for free. I encourage all companies to take advantage of this excellent scheme. We look forward very much to providing excellent quality training that is completely tailored to work Welsh.”

For more information on the launch, http://dysgucymraeg.cymru/category/newyddion

Identifying and Utilising Existing Staff Skills

What Welsh language skills are there in the workplace? Findings from Iaith ar Daith

Believe it or not, many staff have Welsh language skills in our workplaces. This was one of the main findings of our recent project on Welsh in the Workplace skills audits.

RHD Consultancy completed a project between December 2016 and March 217 assessing the language skills of staff in numerous workplaces across the public sector in Wales. Following the conducting of thorough skills assessments, the main purpose of the work was to present each workplace with a report on the language skills of its workforce across the 4 language skill categories of understanding, reading, writing and speaking.

Findings

From analysis of the data, here is a summary of the findings:

The majority of the workforce sampled had some Welsh language skills i.e. more staff assessments revealed language skills present that members of staff without any language skills in Welsh. Indeed, the majority of the workforce had some Welsh. This is interesting when the figures for the general population, measured in the Census, is lower.

The data showed that the majority were able to greet in a basic way in Welsh and that the majority of staff would be able to greet bilingually on the telephone, for example. This finding is very positive when considering the requirements of the new Welsh Language Standards wherein all staff in organisations in the public sector (and beyond) are required to greet in Welsh.

On the whole, the vast majority of the workforce was positive about the Welsh language and positive about the importance of providing services in Welsh to their customers.

In addition, many workers noted their interest in learning Welsh and developing their language skills for work purposes. Again, this finding is positive and demonstrates the potential for more Work Welsh Training programmes.

Interestingly, few had received training in Welsh in the workplace, and although they were interested in learning, few had firm plans to take the next step and start learning/ commence training.

The different language levels assessed can be seen in the chart, attached. Note the skills at Level 4 and 5 (advanced and higher) that were found. More were assessed at level (the highest) than any other level. Whilst positive, it must be acknowledged, that this is due to the sample. It is possible that the assessment exercise attracted workers with language skills and those wishing to improve their skills.

Conclusions

Based on the information collected, here is a summary of the recommendations to organisations:

  1. Complete a thorough language skills audit which includes all 4 language skills and is based on the national/ internationally recognised levels.
  2. Plan the language skills of your workforce just as you would plan any workforce strategies. Base your plans on solid data i.e. having completed a corporate skills audit, formulate a Language Training Strategy which will in turn, form the basis of your plan to provide language training for your staff.
  3. Building on the skills already in the workforce, arrange training and simple guidance for staff on greeting in Welsh on the telephone and at reception etc and encourage the whole workforce to use the Welsh skills they have already e.g. by launching an internal Use your Welsh campaign.
  4. Research the types of support that staff wish to have e.g. informal sessions, mentoring, text checking services, one to ones etc.
  5. Seek advice on the training options that are most appropriate for those members of staff with Welsh language skills already. Investing in individuals with advanced language skills and tailoring training for them, can be better value for money than only providing courses for pure learning.

End Note

This paper was presented in order to note the amount of Welsh language skills already available in workplaces and to emphasise the importance of identifying and investing in the skills already in the workforce i.e. to build upon the skills and good will already in place.

If you would like further information or a conversation about language training and language planning, you are more than welcome to contact rhd@rhdconsultancy.co.uk

Methodology – The data was extracted from a sample of workplaces in the public sector across south Wales. It was a strategic sample and not a random one and therefore is not representative of the population. To respect the confidentiality of the project, the identity of the organisations are confidential and it is not possible to share data on these.

rhd-consultancy-ymgynghoriaith-iaith-ar-daith-skills-audit-road-show-211116-pdf

£3million announced for Welsh training in the workplace

Following the Welsh Government’s announcement that additional funding of £3m is to be allocated to a new learning programme, the Welsh Language Teaching Centre is introducing a new pilot programme, Work Welsh. You will find more information on the programme here.

The aim of the programme is to offer opportunities to a range of workers in different sectors to learn and improve their Welsh language skills in order to use the language with confidence in the workplace and meet the business needs of their organisation.

Due to the introduction of the Welsh Language Standards and the evidence that providing services in Welsh is beneficial to companies, now is a great time to invest in workplace training.

The programme includes:

  • FREE On-line short courses to learn the basics of meeting and greeting
  • FREE Intensive courses available at all levels and across Wales
  • FREE 5-day residential courses to improve confidence

This project provides a unique and exciting opportunity to learn Welsh at work.

Together – Welsh language teaching strategy

The Welsh Language Teaching Centre has published its strategy – the new national body that is leading the teaching of Welsh to adults.

Strategic Objective 1       Develop an innovative programme of attractive and suitable courses for learners making full use of the latest technology

Strategic Objective 2       Develop innovative schemes to secure opportunities and contexts where learners can use their Welsh with confidence

Strategic Objective 3       Establish a network of providers to offer a service of excellence

Strategic Objective 4       Raise the profile of the sector and increase the numbers who start courses and continue to learn Welsh

Strategic Objective 5       Establish and maintain service support procedures

For more information, please click on the strategy: http://dysgucymraeg.cymru/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/strategy-english-v.pdf

In response to the Strategy, Dr Rachel Heath-Davies is looking forward to seeing the new curriculum developments, welcomes the new course books and materials that are currently being authored, and is looking forward to the new Welsh in the Workplace Strategy. “As somebody who has had experience of developing training and Continuous Professional Development for tutors across the sector, nationally, I am looking forward to the new CPD Strategy.” Rachel also said that she acknowledged the challenges of increasing course contact hours and intensive provision and welcomes the developments.

YmgynghoriAITH provides significant amounts of language training and looks forward to the potential of collaborative working with the Centre in the future.

Road Show

Today we have launched our Road Show across Wales. We are conducting Welsh Language Skills Audits for staff in organisations across the country to help support the Welsh Language Standards Action Plan. Our qualified and professional tutor will assess each member of staff seen in one day in accordance with the nationally recognised language skill levels. If you want to get involved, please get in touch with us to book an assessment

rhd-consultancy-ymgynghoriaith-iaith-ar-daith-skills-audit-road-show-211116-pdf.

Million Welsh speakers by 2050

Rachel Heath-Davies on Radio Cymru discussing the million Welsh speakers by 2050 target

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07wzprs

 

Welsh language target of one million speakers by 2050

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-36924562

 

Report by the Welsh Language Commissioner on the position of the Welsh language

The Welsh Language Commissioner published this summary on the position of the Welsh language in August 2016. Half way between the two Censuses, it is a timely 5-year report.

http://www.comisiynyddygymraeg.cymru/Cymraeg/Rhestr%20Cyhoeddiadau/Adroddiad%205%20Mlynedd%20crynodeb%20Gwefan.pdf

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Useful Information & Links

Welsh in education: Action plan 2017 – 22

In December 2017, the Welsh Government announced its Action Plan for Welsh in education for the next four years. This Plan is one of a suite of action plans stemming from the Cymraeg 2050 strategy and it outlines how the Government intends to reach the goal of creating a million Welsh speakers by 2050. There are targets in the plan [...]

Cymraeg 2050: Welsh language strategy

Here is a link to the Welsh Government’s strategy to create a million Welsh speakers by 2050. Also found here is the Work Programme, or Action Plan, outlining how they aim to reach the target. http://gov.wales/topics/welshlanguage/welsh-language-strategy-and-policies/cymraeg-2050-welsh-language-strategy/?skip=1&lang=en

Qualified for Life

The Welsh Government’s new long term vision for education in Wales. http://gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/allsectorpolicies/qualified-for-life-an-educational-improvement-plan/?lang=en

Together – Welsh language teaching strategy

The Welsh Language Teaching Centre has published its strategy – the new national body that is leading the teaching of Welsh to adults. Strategic Objective 1       Develop an innovative programme of attractive and suitable courses for learners making full use of the latest technology Strategic Objective 2       Develop innovative schemes to secure opportunities and contexts where learners can use their [...]

Estyn’s Annual Report, January 2017

The Chief Inspector’s Annual Report is published every January, and provides commentary and analysis on the performance of education and training in Wales during the previous academic year. Dr Rachel Heath-Davies, Managing Director of RHD Consultancy highlighted the findings in the report regarding, emphasising the need to support head teachers and leaders in education with developing strong leadership and management [...]

Report by the Welsh Language Commissioner on the position of the Welsh language

The Welsh Language Commissioner published this summary on the position of the Welsh language in August 2016. Half way between the two Censuses, it is a timely 5-year report. http://www.comisiynyddygymraeg.cymru/Cymraeg/Rhestr%20Cyhoeddiadau/Adroddiad%205%20Mlynedd%20crynodeb%20Gwefan.pdf

More than just words… follow on Strategic framework

On 22 March 2016, the Minister for Health and Social Services, Professor Mark Drakeford AM, launched the More than just words.... follow-on Strategic Framework to strengthen Welsh language services across health, social services and social care.   At its heart is the idea that being able to use your own language must be a core component of care – not [...]

Towards 2030

Prof Hazelkorn has published a very important review of post-compulsory education in Wales, with special reference to the future role and function of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). For more info Click Here

Estyn, Chief Inspector of Schools in Wales – Annual Report 2014-15

The Chief Inspector calls on schools to take a fresh look For more info Click Here

Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers

Prof John Furlong Report into the future of Initial Teacher Training in Wales. For more info Click Here

Successful Futures: Independent review of curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales

Professor Graham Donaldson Independent review of the curriculum and assessment in schools in Wales. For more info Click Here

PISA 2012

Around 510,000 students in 65 economies took part in the PISA 2012 assessment of reading, mathematics and science representing about 28 million 15-year- olds globally. For more info Click Here

Welsh medium Education Strategy

http://gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/publications/guidance/welshmededstrat/?lang=en

Statistics and Census Results – Welsh Language Data

Statistics and Census Results – Welsh Language Data

Welsh Language Tribunal

The Welsh Language tribunal is an independent statutory body. It was established in April 2015 under Section 120 of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011. Its function is to deal with appeals against the Welsh Language Commissioner’s decisions in relation to the Welsh Language Standards. For Link Click Here

Welsh Language Commissioner

The Welsh Language Commissioner is an independent body established by the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 to promote and facilitate use of the Welsh language. This includes raising awareness of the official status of the Welsh language in Wales, monitoring existing Welsh Language Schemes, and imposing Welsh Language Standards on organisations. The Welsh Language Commissioner is responsible for coordinating developments in Welsh language infrastructure [...]

Welsh Government’s Welsh language policy

A living language: a language for living For link Click Here

Welsh language (Wales) Measure 2011

A Measure of the National Assembly for Wales to make provision about the official status of the Welsh language in Wales; to provide for a Welsh Language Partnership Council; to establish the Office of Welsh Language Commissioner; to provide for an Advisory Panel to the Welsh Language Commissioner; to make provision about promoting and facilitating the use of the Welsh [...]