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5 More Primary Schools Change the Language Children are Taught in Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board has backed plans to change the language of education at five more local primary schools.

Under the proposals, children starting in the foundation phase classes in September 2020 at

  • Ysgol Y Ddwylan in Newcastle Emlyn
  • Ysgol Griffith Jones in St Clears
  • Ysgol Llangynnwr in Carmarthen
  • Ysgol Llys Hywel in Whitland

will be taught in Welsh until they reach age seven, when parents can then decide what language they want their children to continue learning in.

Also, from January 2020, children starting at Llandovery’s Ysgol Rhys Pritchard Primary will be taught through the medium of Welsh up to the end of year six, aged 11, so the councils intention is to change the language of the whole school, not just the foundation phase.

English will be taught as a subject at the school, from year three, age 7 onwards and there will be no change for current pupils attending the schools.

Cllr Glynog Davies, the council’s Executive Board Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “Our intention is to move these schools along the language continuum. This coincides with our Welsh in Education Strategic Plan, which we’ve accepted as an authority, and which has been approved by the Welsh Government.”

“We hope to change the language of the foundation phase of these schools from dual stream to Welsh only. Parents will then have choice at the beginning of key stage two about the language of education of their children.”

Carmarthenshire Council has already consulted on the proposals but has now issued a statutory notice to formally propose the intention to change the language provision.

The council are asking if any parents and interested parties wish to make representations they have until 22nd October 2019 this is usually done online Here – However at the time of publishing there doesn’t seem to be a live consultation for this so maybe you can contact the education department for more details if needed.





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