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Proposal for new rules to help keep rural schools open, 30/06/17 [W]

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams announced rules to ensure that the process of closing rural schools gives greater consideration to alternatives, creating a presumption against rural school closure.

The proposed changes to the Schools Organisation Code, would firstly create a list of rural schools, for which these proposals would apply.

The changes will ensure that before closing a rural school, a specific reason must be supplied, all alternatives, including Federation and those that arise through consultation, are considered. The effect on the local community must be considered and the community must be made aware of the consultation.

To read more about the proposals and the Cabinet Secretary’s statement on the matter, please visit the Welsh Government website.

The new proposals are currently out for consultation as part of a wider consultation on the Schools Organisation Code. To respond to the consultation and to read the accompanying documents, please visit the consultation website here.

The consultation closes on 30 September 2017.