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L’exception galloise – adapting ‘Routes’ to the Welsh context Ceri James - Cyfarwyddwr /Director, Routes into Languages Cymru.

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1 L’exception galloise – adapting ‘Routes’ to the Welsh context Ceri James - Cyfarwyddwr /Director, Routes into Languages Cymru

2 What has Routes Cymru ever done for Wales??

3 Why action is needed The percentage of pupils in Wales taking GCSE in a MFL

4 Wales, Europe & the World Events Cardiff & Wrexham

5 European Day of Languages Family Fun Day

6 The Welsh context: devolution in action No league tables – but school ‘banding’ Emphasis on use of data for school improvement Welsh (L1 or L2) compulsory 5-16 Welsh-medium sector – about 25% MFL never has been KS Learning Pathways (30 options) Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification

7 ‘Interesting times’ Local government reorganisation Little local subject-specialist advice Welsh Government review of qualifications International Education Programme WG Review of position of MFL Concern about NEETs & PISA (2009) National Literacy Programme Pupil Deprivation Grant

8 The landscape for HE Reconfiguration agenda (mergers) MFL a Subject of Broader Importance to Wales Strong support for MFL through Welsh Premium funding for MFL over next few years Erasmus – strong steer from HEFCW Fees capped at £3k for Welsh domiciled students from Sept Welsh Government pays balance wherever Welsh domiciled students study in UK

9 The impact of Routes Cymru WG review of MFL Galvanized HE MFL community in Wales Strengthened links between HEIs Bridged gaps between secondary, FE and HE sectors Influence on HEFCW policy documents Much higher public profile for MFL issues Influence on CILT Cymru Student and pupil voice heard

10 MFL in Wales: it’s a hard slog!

11 But Routes Cymru cheers us up!


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