Welsh Language Policy For Schools Maintained by the Local Authority (LA)

The Authority's Welsh Language Policy aims to ensure that pupils gain the educational stimulus afforded by bilingual education and increase their fluency over time.

The Authority's Welsh Language Policy aims to ensure that pupils gain the educational stimulus afforded by bilingual education and increase their fluency over time.

Bilingualism will be introduced at the earliest opportunity. The Authority will ensure that bilingual education, once started, will be maintained and developed as the children progress. There are no exemptions from the National Curriculum in Welsh.

In Welsh-medium schools all subjects are delivered to pupils through the medium of the Welsh language, whereas in English-medium schools Welsh is introduced and taught as a subject, with an increasing emphasis on using Welsh incidentally throughout the school day.

The Authority does not provide a language centre for Welsh language latecomers. However, at the beginning of the Autumn and Spring Terms, latecomers can access Welsh medium primary education.  Children wishing to access Welsh medium primary education will receive support centred on one of the Welsh medium schools for a period of two terms (.5 teacher support).  For those Year 6 pupils currently attending English medium schools, who wish to access Welsh medium secondary education, support is available based at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd.

Schools where Welsh is the main medium of instruction, introduce English at Key Stage 2 (KS2) (i.e. ages 8-11).

Junior/Primary Education

All Wrexham County Borough primary schools will be bilingual though the degree of bilingualism may differ from school to school. Consequently, it will be the responsibility of the Authority (in conjunction with the headteacher and the school governors) to ensure that competent teachers are available in order that the proportion of time allocated to the teaching of both Welsh and English is in accordance with National Curriculum requirements.

In the majority of the schools, English will be the main medium of instruction. Welsh will be taught as a second language in these schools from nursery until Year 6.

Secondary Education

Secondary education will be provided through the medium of English, or through the medium of Welsh according to the wishes of the parents.

In order to comply with the requirements of the National Curriculum, Welsh is taught as a second language to all pupils at both KS3 and KS4. At key stage 4 our aim is that most pupils complete the full GCSE course.

Welsh medium secondary education is provided at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham where every subject is offered through the medium of Welsh.

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