Welsh learning on agenda
4:50pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
PARENTS of children under two years of age are to be sent letters asking if they would consider Welsh medium primary education in the Vale.
The local authority will be conducting the survey within the next two weeks to gauge the demand for the service and help inform future education provision.
The Vale has seen a 30 percent increase in the demand for Welsh medium reception places since 2010, rising from 199 applications in 2010 to 258 applications in 2013.
Parents will be asked whether they intend to send their child to a Welsh medium school or not.
A short questionnaire can be completed online or returned by post.
A list of Vale schools, including primary with nursery units and secondary, offering education through the medium of Welsh will be included in the survey pack.
Vale Council cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr Chris Elmore said: “The questionnaire will give us a snapshot of the future, allowing us to estimate the number of children who will be seeking education through the medium of Welsh in the coming years.”
Survey results will be analysed anonymously.
The option parents choose in the survey will not predetermine the future schooling for their child.
Parents will still be able change their preference on Welsh or English medium education.