AN ambitious 10-year strategy on the future vision for education has been approved by Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cabinet.
The plan sets out the council’s aspirations for learners and staff for the next 10 years.
Education Sir Gȃr 2022-2032 recognises the role that education services play in the future development of vibrant communities and a prosperous economy in Carmarthenshire.
The strategy aims to build on the good work that has been carried out to date in order to deliver the same opportunity and consistently excellent outcomes for all learners.
It includes a strengthened vision and guiding principles, with clear priorities focused around four key themes to ensure Carmarthenshire learners are:
Ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
Healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society
Enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
Ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
The strategy also includes a commitment to continued investment in schools so that they are fit for 21st century learning and teaching, and in offering a high standard of bilingual education.
Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services Cllr Glynog Davies said: “A strong education system is one of the cornerstones for vibrant and cohesive communities and a prosperous economy and society.
“There are over 27,000 learners registered in the county’s schools. The council has a vital role to provide the highest quality services to children, young people, families and learners in ways that best meet their specific needs.
“We want to support our young people to fulfil their learning potential and we will continually strive to offer high standards of comprehensive education, increasingly in modern environments that are fully equipped for 21st century learning.
“We also want to enable our pupils to become fully bilingual in Welsh and English, and we will work to protect children and young people from harm.”
To date, the council’s Modernising Education Programme has invested more than £300million in schools across Carmarthenshire. It includes the building of 12 new primary schools, two new secondary schools, and 48 major refurbishments and extensions benefitting more than 16,000 children throughout the county.
The council’s Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) sets out how it will deliver bilingual education over the next 10 years increasing the opportunities for children and young people to be taught through the medium of Welsh.