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Cardiff West Constituency Surgery moves to Ely & Caerau Hub

Ely and Caerau’s new Hub will open on the Jasmine Centre site this summer. Mark Drakeford AM and Kevin Brennan MP will hold the Cardiff West Constituency Surgery at the Hub every Saturday 10am-1230pm, starting July 5th. Surgeries will no longer be held at Ely Library from this date. The Hub is located in Ely just off Cowbridge Road West by the Fire Station. The address is: Ely & Caerau Hub, Treseder Way, Cardiff CF5 5NW. Click here to see the Hub on a map. Other facilities at the Hub will include: Full library service with events and activities for children. IT and self-service facilities including free internet access and telephone. Quiet area for study and use of IT. Housing advice and Benefits advice. Base for Communities First group ACE (Action in Caerau and Ely). Space for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Credit Unions and other community groups to offer their services. A café where people can mingle and share ideas informally. Caerau’s two Labour councillors praised the new facility.  Cllr Peter Bradbury said: “This is the one-stop shop Caerau needs – a place where you can get advice, develop your skills, access the full range of council services or just sit down and read a book.” Cllr Read more [...]

More progress in work to drive up literacy and numeracy

Work to improve literacy and numeracy skills in Welsh schools and colleges has moved another step forward today, Education and Skills Minister, Huw Lewis has confirmed. Following consultation over the summer, the Welsh Government has published new Areas of Learning and programmes of study, covering the Foundation Phase right through to Key Stage 4, as part of its work to better embed literacy and numeracy into the curriculum. The revised Areas of Learning for Language, Literacy and Communication Skills; and Mathematical Development, and programmes of study for Key Stage 2 to 4 for English, Welsh (first language); and Mathematics will become statutory from September 2015 - the same time that schools begin teaching of new GCSEs in English, Welsh, Mathematics, and Mathematics – Numeracy. The independent review of curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales, led by Professor Graham Donaldson, will shape a new curriculum for Wales and ensure that young people are learning the right skills for the modern economy. This review will inform the long-term picture of what Wales’ learners are taught in schools and colleges, and will report at the turn of the year. However in order to keep its programme of school improvement Read more [...]

Mwy o waith wedi’i wneud i wella llythrennedd a rhifedd

Mae Huw Lewis, y Gweinidog Addysg a Sgiliau, wedi cadarnhau bod gwaith i wella sgiliau llythrennedd a rhifedd mewn ysgolion a cholegau yng Nghymru wedi symud cam arall ymlaen. Yn dilyn proses ymgynghori dros yr haf, mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cyhoeddi Meysydd Dysgu a rhaglenni astudio newydd sy’n cwmpasu’r Cyfnod Sylfaen i Gyfnod Allweddol 4, fel rhan o'i gwaith i ymgorffori llythrennedd a rhifedd yn well yn y cwricwlwm. Bydd y Meysydd Dysgu diwygiedig ar gyfer Sgiliau Iaith, Llythrennedd a Chyfathrebu, a Datblygiad Mathemategol, a rhaglenni astudio diwygiedig Cyfnodau Allweddol 2 i 4 ar gyfer Saesneg, Cymraeg (iaith gyntaf) a Mathemateg, yn dod yn statudol o fis Medi 2015 - yr un pryd ag y bydd ysgolion yn dechrau addysgu'r TGAU Saesneg, Cymraeg, Mathemateg a Mathemateg - Rhifedd newydd. Bydd yr adolygiad annibynnol o'r cwricwlwm a'r trefniadau asesu yng Nghymru, a arweinir gan yr Athro Graham Donaldson, yn llywio cwricwlwm newydd i Gymru ac yn sicrhau bod pobl ifanc yn dysgu'r sgiliau cywir ar gyfer yr economi fodern. Bydd yr adolygiad hwn yn cyfrannu at y darlun hirdymor o'r hyn a addysgir i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru mewn ysgolion a cholegau, a bydd yn adrodd ar droad y flwyddyn. Fodd bynnag, er mwyn sicrhau bod ei rhaglen Read more [...]

Consultation into Public Service Staff Commission opens

Public Service Minister Leighton Andrews AM is putting workforce matters at the centre of the public service reform agenda by opening a consultation on the remit of a staff commission. The Welsh Government gave a clear commitment to the delivery of efficient, effective and accessible public services in its Programme for Government. A Public Services Staff Commission will be able to advise Welsh Ministers and public service organisations on workforce issues. It will be able to identify and propose practical solutions to issues arising from reform. Leighton Andrews said: “Our public services need support to deliver change. ‘We want public services which are modern, focussed on the needs of the user and supported by staff with a strong interest in their success. I want to engage the workforce in discussing how improvement can best be delivered. “An effective Staff Commission can play a key role in the consideration of staffing issues throughout this period of change, and contribute to the vision for the public sector workforce we have set out. “My intention is to establish a non-statutory Staff Commission by April 2015, in particular to support any Local Authority voluntary mergers.” The scope and remit Read more [...]