1. ITV Report

£100m investment promised for improving schools and education in Wales

Over £100m is to be invested over the next three years to accelerate the delivery of the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools and Education programme.

£75m of the funding will go to modernising education infrastructure.

£30m will be released from the programme to help reach the Welsh Government's goal in achieving a million Welsh speakers by 2050.

Our national mission is to raise standards, reduce the attainment gap and deliver an education system that is a source of national pride and confidence. Our 21st Century Schools and Education Programme plays a key part in this and is the largest investment in our schools and colleges since the 1960s.

Having a comfortable, modern, fit-for-purpose environment in which to learn is vital to ensuring young people have the best possible education. This extra funding will mean that even more of our students will be able to benefit from having the best possible facilities in their schools and colleges.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Education Secretary

Reaching a million Welsh speakers by 2050 is a significant challenge and education is key to the success of this ambition. This means we need to invest in new Welsh medium schools and improve and increase the teaching of Welsh in English medium schools. Bringing forward this funding for immediate investment allows us to ensure there is no delay in the work to achieve this target.

– Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for Welsh Language & Lifelong Learning