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Tuag at y Miliwn o Siaradwyr Cymraeg: Gwersi o'r Gwerthusiad o'r Strategaeth Addysg Cyfrwng Cymraeg

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In August 2016, the Welsh Government launched its vision to reach 1 million Welsh speakers by the year 2050. The education system is central to this long-term and ambitious project and there is a recognition of the need to increase significantly the number of people receiving Welsh-medium education if the target is to be achieved. This paper considers a number of overarching findings that emerged from an independent evaluation (2012– 16) of the first national strategy for Welsh-medium education, launched in 2010. The evaluation drew on mixed methods, including qualitative research in thirty schools across six areas of Wales; focus groups with learners and parents; stakeholder interviews; a Wales-wide survey of head teachers, eliciting 331 completed responses; and separate focused studies on specific aspects of the Welsh-medium education system. Among the key findings were the need to strengthen planning arrangements – locally and nationally – and for local authorities to take greater ownership of Welsh in education strategic plans. The paper also reflects on the infrastructure and capacity required to support growth in Welsh-medium education. One key recurring theme is the need for robust interventions and implementation by policy-makers in supporting proposals to create 1 million Welsh speakers by 2050.
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Keywords: EDUCATION; PLANNING; SKILLS; WELSH MEDIUM

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2017

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  • Previously published under the title University of Wales Journal of Education, this internationally-distributed annual journal offers an arena for disseminating education research from national and international perspectives. The journal explores a range of controversial arguments relating to education, including areas such as bilingualism, religion in education, well-being and the standards of literacy and numeracy. The contemporary drive for improved education standards, within Wales and internationally, provides a wealth of interdisciplinary research opportunities, and the journal aims to publish research reports relating to these current issues. The journal also includes a comprehensive reviews section.

    Mae'r cylchgrawn blynyddol hwn, a adwaenid gynt fel Cylchgrawn Addysg Prifysgol Cymru, yn trafod agweddau datganoledig ar addysg, ynghyd ag ymdrin ag addysg o safbwynt cenedlaethol a rhyngwladol. Wrth ymhel â materion cyfoes yn ymwneud ag addysg, mae'r drafodaeth yn amlinellu safbwyntiau dadleuol ynghylch dwyieithrwydd a chrefydd yn ogystal â safonau llythrennedd a rhifedd. Mae'r ymdrechion i wella safonau addysg yng Nghymru a thu hwnt yn esgor ar feysydd ymchwil newydd, a bwriad y cyfnodolyn yw cyhoeddi erthyglau cryno yn ymdrin â materion cyfredol o'r fath. Mae'r cyfnodolyn hefyd yn cynnwys adran adolygiadau.

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