Education: Delivering in Government

In government, Plaid has:

  • invested £6 million in community focused schools, including £1.6 million for small and rural schools;
  • worked to widen participation for all ages in further and higher education, as well as taking forward plans for a Welsh-language Coleg Cymaeg Cenedlaethol;
  • created a Welsh Medium Education Strategy to develop effective provision from nursery through to further and higher education;
  • reduced class sizes for three to seven year olds across Wales;
  • provided more resources for PE in schools and proposed the Playing Fields Measure to protect playing fields from closure;
  • increased the number of apprenticeships and invested £45 million in apprenticeship programmes in Wales;
  • launched a pilot Laptop for Every Child scheme;
  • developed the 14-19 Learning Pathways scheme;
  • invested almost £10 million a year in helping children of migrant workers to achieve educationally;
  • funded a £70 million, three-year project to raise the skills of the workforce in Wales' most deprived areas;
  • provided additional funding for the Flying Start programme to increase provision of high quality childcare for two year olds;
  • supported the free school breakfast scheme, which now gives over 60% of primary schools the opportunity to provide their pupils a free healthy breakfast at school every day;
  • ensured more than £108 million to upgrade school and college buildings across Wales;
  • brought forward legislation on Additional Learning Needs;
  • provided extra help with student debt as well as maintaining existing fee levels in our higher education institutions;
  • raised the level of a full Assembly Learning Grant to £5000 and increased the household income threshold for partial grants by £10,000;
  • established a National Science Academy and a Research and Development Review Panel for Wales.