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Declarations of Interest
The following members made a declaration of interest:
i. To select appropriate items from the Cabinet Board agenda for pre-decision scrutiny (Cabinet Boards reports enclosed for Scrutiny Members)
Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2022-2032
Members received a brief overview of the Neath Port Talbot draft Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2022-2032. Following a request to sought approval to go out to consult, as detailed within the circulated report.
Members of the Committee welcomed Cllr.S.Paddison to the Committee as she was a previous members of the Welsh Language Task and Finish group. Members discussed the promotional elements of the welsh language. It was noted that officers ensure that parents/guardians are provided with the utmost knowledge and information to enable them to make an informed decision on children going to welsh medium schools.
Member’s commended the plan of the 3 potential additional Welsh Medium schools.
Discussions took place around the difficulties of recruiting Welsh medium Teachers. Members were reassured that the three schools would be introduced on an introductory basis therefore, enabling the schools to slowly build and recruit when required.
Members suggested that parents be involved in future forums to discuss their personal experiences on their children attending welsh medium schools with an English first language background. As a result encourage further parents to engage.
Members queried whether the 3 schools would be super schools and would this have an effect on future school closures. Members were reassured that the 3 welsh medium schools would be additions to the current system and not cause any future closures.
Following Scrutiny, the Committee was supportive of the proposal to be considered by the Cabinet Board.