Results 1–20 of 1700 for speaker:Lynne Neagle

5. & 6. The Digital Government (Welsh Bodies) Regulations 2024 and The Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Act 2022 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2024 (16 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Thank you, Llywydd, and it was very remiss of me not to thank LJC for their scrutiny of these regulations, and I'm very happy to provide the assurances that the Chair has asked for today. I ask Members to support these regulations. 

5. & 6. The Digital Government (Welsh Bodies) Regulations 2024 and The Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Act 2022 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2024 (16 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Diolch, Dirprwy Lywydd. I move the motions. The Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Act 2022 provides for the establishment of the Commission for Tertiary Education and Research and the simultaneous dissolution of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. The commission will be the regulatory body responsible for the funding, oversight and regulation of tertiary education and...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Eco-Schools (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Thank you very much, Joyce. I wholeheartedly agree with your comments and would like to take this opportunity to place on record my heartfelt thanks to all the staff, teachers, pupils, and organisations like Keep Wales Tidy, that represent Wales's commitment to leaving our planet in a better condition for future generations. I was lucky enough recently to experience this first-hand from the...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Eco-Schools (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: The Eco-Schools programme runs in 75 countries with almost 50,000 schools engaged, making it the largest environmental education programme in the world. In Wales, approximately 90 per cent of schools have engaged with the Eco-Schools programme, with 60 per cent of schools having achieved the green flag accreditation. In this, the thirtieth year of our involvement, Wales has one of the highest...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Mental Health Support in Schools (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Thank you very much, Hefin. I'm very sorry to hear about the difficulties that the young person you referred to is having. I'm sure you recognise that mental health is a top priority for me and for the Government. That's why, despite our financial constraints, we've continued to protect funding for our whole-school approach for mental health, which we are investing around £13 million in this...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Mental Health Support in Schools (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: In my oral statement to the Senedd on 14 May, I stated good mental health will be the platform on which our education system will be built. The Curriculum for Wales, together with our statutory guidance on a whole-school approach to emotional and mental well-being, support this ambition.

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Statutory School Uniform Policies (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Thank you, Heledd. Well, the guidance is statutory already, so schools and governing bodies do have to have regard to the guidance. The amended statutory guidance states that branded uniform, including the use of logos, should not be a compulsory requirement for pupils. It also includes the advice that schools shouldn't have single-supplier arrangements with particular contractors. I have...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Statutory School Uniform Policies (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Following the publication of the revised statutory guidance on school uniform and appearance policies, governing bodies were asked to review their existing school uniform policies. I am continuing to raise awareness of the statutory guidance with schools. 

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: The Twenty-first Century Schools Programme (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Thank you, Jenny, and it's great to hear about the positive work that you described at Albany school. The sustainable communities for learning programme supports a wide range of projects and is about more than providing new-build schools, and we have delivered major refurbishment projects to improve existing facilities, particularly where there's limited opportunity to rebuild. The programme...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: The Twenty-first Century Schools Programme (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Our sustainable communities for learning programme is fully aligned with the town-centre position statement and 'town centre first' principles when considering new schools and colleges. The location and links to town and city centres are considered key to improving access and supporting increased footfall.

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Additional Learning Needs (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Thank you very much, Llyr. Just to start by saying that children and young people should not need a diagnosis to receive additional learning provision. We've been very clear with schools and local authorities about that. We've also invested very heavily in our implementation of ALN, which is still an ongoing process. There are still children transferring from the former special educational...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Additional Learning Needs (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: The additional learning needs statutory framework secures additional learning provision for ALN learners underpinned by a whole-school approach to mental health and well-being. The Curriculum for Wales is designed to break down barriers for all learners, giving teachers more flexibility to best meet the individual needs of each child.

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Teacher Redundancies (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Thank you, Mabon. You'll be aware that the decision by Aberystwyth University to withdraw from initial teacher education was following the independent process that is undertaken for us by the Education Workforce Council. That's not something that we do in the Government, and Aberystwyth University decided not to appeal against that. Our efforts were focused then on trying to support the...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Teacher Redundancies (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Thank you, Laura Anne, for that supplementary. As I said in my original answer, the employment of school staff is a matter for local authorities. Employing bodies must ensure that sufficient, suitable staff are employed or engaged to work at the school to provide education appropriate for the ages, aptitudes and needs of the pupils. We've just had the figures for the amount of money that...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Teacher Redundancies (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: The responsibility for the employment of teachers lies with local authorities and governing bodies; Welsh Ministers are not able to intervene. Although local authorities and governing bodies are responsible for school staffing, we continue to monitor the situation across Wales and work with schools to minimise the impact on learners.

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Thank you, Cefin. As I said in my first answer to you, Welsh Government funding provided via HEFCW is barely 10 per cent of the total sector funding for Welsh providers. The challenges that they're facing are due to a range of factors, such as overseas student funding, changes in commercial revenues and research income. We want to do what we can to support our university sector, which is why...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Thank you, Cefin, and you're absolutely right that the whole approach to immigration of the previous UK Government and the very unwelcoming climate that has been created have had an impact, a major impact, on overseas student recruitment, and that has caused very significant difficulties for universities in Wales, and we're not out of the woods on that yet. The migration advisory committee...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Thank you very much, Cefin, for that question. I do want to recognise that I know this is a really challenging time for higher education institutions not just in Wales, but across the UK. While the HEFCW funding allocations are difficult for institutions, those reductions in higher education budgets were published in the final budget in March, and I know that the sector has been planning in...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Well, you constantly raise the IFS report, and, as I keep having to explain, the statistics about PISA that were highlighted in the IFS report relate to children and young people who have not been through the new curriculum. We're also doing everything we can to make sure that we do learn from other countries where they have gone down the road of curriculum reform. I answered questions last...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (10 Jul 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Well, it does feel a bit like groundhog day, because I have answered a lot of these questions last week when you weren’t here, but I’m very happy to go over this again for your benefit. Minimising teacher workload is a priority for this Government. We’ve got a strategic workload group set up with various workstreams underneath it, which our trade union partners are all involved in....


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