Education

A photo of young children in the classroom

The Cymraeg 2050 strategy recognises education and training as the primary means of achieving the target of one million speakers. It sets a target for increasing the proportion of learners leaving statutory education who are able to speak Welsh to 70% (25,000) by 2050. It also sets ambitious targets for increasing the numbers of teachers who teach Welsh as a subject and who teach through the medium of Welsh in the primary and secondary sectors. 

A crucial part of this is to ensure that as many children as possible receive early years care and education through the medium of Welsh so that they are more likely to transfer to receive their statutory education in Welsh. We are keen to ensure that the Welsh Government's early years policies support this objective.

In this video, Aled Roberts, the Welsh Language Commissioner, talks to Gwenllian Landsdown Davies, the Chief Executive of Mudiad Meithrin, about what needs to be done to increase the number of children receiving childcare and early years education through the medium of Welsh.

Sewing work in classroom

Another target in Cymraeg 2050 is to increase how many people use the Welsh language, and the workplace is vital for this. The post-16 and higher education sector has a crucial role in bridging the use of the language from education into employment. We seek to influence policy in these sectors to ensure that there are opportunities to study through the medium of Welsh in colleges, universities and in work-based learning. 

Our recent work in this area includes:

  • Recommendations for increasing the Welsh language skills of the education workforce.
  • Responding to consultations on developing a new curriculum for Wales to ensure that it would lead to creating confident Welsh speakers.
  • Facilitating access to Welsh-medium education through accessible travel.

Recent publications include:

The Welsh language and statutory education workforce

Although there have been some praiseworthy developments in recent years, they have not been sufficient, and very little progress has been made in reality.

To ensure progress, the government must introduce strategic changes to ensure that the education system creates fluent Welsh speakers.

Significant investment is also required to improve the linguistic skills of the current and future education workforce.