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Estyn report on the delivery of Welsh as a second language, 5/10/07 [W]

Estyn has published an evaluation of the delivery of Welsh as a second language at Key Stage 4.

The report, commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government, identified a number of shortcomings, including:

  • Only a few pupils who follow the GCSE second language short course make good progress towards becoming fluent Welsh speakers.
  • Some schools allocate just one hour a fortnight for the short Welsh GCSE course.
  • Many schools use non-specialist teachers who lack a thorough understanding of second language teaching.
  • There are shortcomings in pupils’ achievement in six in 10 short course lessons and numbers taking the long Welsh GCSE course are falling.
  • The problem is particularly acute in South East Wales where numbers of pupils taking the long course Welsh option at GCSE has fallen by 80% in some areas.

The report can be downloaded from Estyn’s website, and there is further information in Estyn’s press release.