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Consultation on school's language change ends soon

 
Created on 05/04/2021 @ 08:09
Time is running our for people to have their say on plans to change a local primary school to Welsh-medium education.

Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon at Trefeglwys is currently a dual-stream school providing English-medium and Welsh-medium education for pupils between ages four and 11.

Powys County Council is hosting a consultation on plans to make it Welsh-medium only.

The council is asking for views from the public on the proposal, who have until Thursday, April 15, 2021 to provide their views.
 
If it goes ahead, the proposed change would be introduced on a phased basis, year-by-year, starting with the school’s Reception class in September 2022.
 
The council said the proposed change would not affect those pupils already at the school – pupils currently accessing English-medium provision at the school would be able to continue to access this provision until they leave school.
 
Dr Caroline Turner, Chief Executive of Powys County Council, said: “The number of English-medium pupils at Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon has decreased over recent years and this is causing a challenge to the school in providing appropriate provision for these learners.
 
“One of the aims in our Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys is to improve access to Welsh-medium provision across all key stages. We also have an objective in the strategy to move schools along the language continuum.
 
“In order to meet these aims and objectives, we want to move Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon along the language continuum.

"This would ensure that all pupils attending the school have the opportunity to become fully bilingual, fluent in both Welsh and English, therefore contributing to the Welsh Government’s aspiration to achieve a million Welsh speakers by 2050.
 
“However, it is important that the school community of Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon and those living in the wider area have their say on these proposals. I would urge them to send their views so that they can be considered.”
 
To respond to the consultation, visit https://en.powys.gov.uk/transformingeducation and follow the links to give your views online.
 
Alternatively, you can respond to us in writing by emailing school.consultation@powys.gov.uk or via post at Transforming Education Team, Powys County Council, County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5LG.