Language Policy

Primary

The goal of the Language Policy is the same across the county’s primary schools, to develop the ability of every pupil to be confident in both languages by the end of KS2. Welsh is the school’s official language of assessment at the end of KS1. In KS2, we continue to direct attention at developing pupils’ grasp of Welsh but we also begin the process  skills in both languages.


Secondary

In every secondary school it is expected that every pupil who has achieved the necessary level, which is 3+, at the end of KS2 to follow a Welsh First Language programme of study in KS3 so as to ensure appropriate progression and continuity. The hope is that these pupils can study Welsh and English as subjects until the end of year 11. Secondary schools build on the foundation provided in the primary by ensuring that every pupil continues to develop skills in both Welsh and English.


Special Educational Needs

The Welsh Education Scheme ensures that children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) are given equal linguistic opportunity in terms of bilingual education.

Welsh and bilingual provisions are available for all kinds and variations of SEN. Pupils and their parents have access to a service that is totally bilingual.


Aims of the Welsh Education Scheme

The aim of the Language Policy is to ensure that all pupils in the county are in possession of balanced, age related bilingualism, to enable them to be full members of the bilingual society of which they are part.

Though the aim of the Policy is bilingualism, emphasis is placed on Welsh in the early years (to the end of KS1) in order to lay firm foundations for further development. In practice, this means that the majority of schools begin to introduce English formally at the end of KS1. In the other key stages, schools are expected to prepare for developing pupil's grasp on the Welsh language.

This means that Welsh is taught as the first language in the County’s primary schools.