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Celebrating Welsh language success

Published: 05/07/2018

Flintshire County Council has once again celebrated the success of teachers and classroom assistants who have completed Welsh second language courses during the year. At an Awards Ceremony held at the Beaufort Park Hotel, teachers and classroom assistants from English medium primary schools across the County received awards presented by the Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Ian Roberts and the interim Chief Officer for Education and Youth, Claire Homard. The training has been provided by the Flintshire Welsh Advisory Team and over 80 teachers and teaching assistants participated. The training for members of staff on Sabbatical courses has been provided by Canolfan Bedwyr, Prifysgol Bangor. The team’s aim is to raise standards in Welsh in Flintshire’s primary schools and to contribute to Flintshire’s Welsh in Education Plan. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, said: “It’s great to see so many of our employees keen to improve their Welsh Language skills. This will go a long way to helping to consolidate Flintshire’s strong commitment to the Welsh language. Through our recently approved Welsh Language Promotion Strategy and our Welsh in Education Plan, we support people of all ages to improve their Welsh language skills and to give them the confidence to use the language in their daily lives. “This also sends a clear message, internally and externally, that the Welsh language is valued and is an asset in employment.” The manager of the Flintshire Welsh Advisory team, Rhian Roberts, said: “Training staff has been high on the team’s agenda for several years and continues to be a vital element of our work. It is really important that our workforce has the necessary language skills to deliver age appropriate and sufficiently challenging work to pupils. We will continue to work on this priority to ensure that Flintshire can meet the challenges of the Welsh Government’s target of creating a million Welsh speakers by 2050.”