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Wales could see fewer medical students

There are claims that there could be fewer medical students in Wales if a cut to university funding goes ahead.

Tomorrow Assembly Members will debate Welsh Government's spending plans. They include a £21 million cut to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, money that is used in a number of ways, including helping universities to pay for more expensive courses like medicine.

The Education Minister says universities here have enough money to deal with the cut.

Megan Boot has the story.


Teachers think future plans are 'vague'

Teachers have travelled to Cardiff today to hear about the support they're going to get to deliver the new curriculum.

Whilst many like the ideas in principle, there is concern about how it will work in practice.

The man behind the new curriculum, Professor Graham Donaldson, says it's vague at the moment because it's in the early stages and over the next few years it will become more clearly shaped by teachers.

The Education Minister, Huw Lewis AM, says teachers will be given extra time to prepare for the changes.

Watch Megan Boot's report:

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Wales' colour-coded school ratings revealed

The Welsh Government has published its latest rankings for secondary and primary schools across Wales.

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The system categorises schools as green, yellow, amber or red depending on how well they're performing. Green schools are said to be 'highly effective', whilst red schools are in need of 'greatest improvement'.

Of 1,528 schools ranked across Wales, 333 are in the 'green' category and 58 are in the 'red' category.

In 2015, of the 1543 schools ranked across Wales, 238 schools were in the 'green' category and '81' were in the red category.

The headline figures show:

  • Of 1316 Primary schools in Wales, this year 294 (22%) are in the green category and 32 (2%) are in the red category.
  • Of 212 Secondary schools in Wales, this year 39 are in the green category ( 18%) and 26 are in red category (12%).
  • 79.5% of primary schools and 57% of secondary schools are this year in either the green or yellow categories

We'll be publishing the full results on our website later this morning, but in the meantime you can view them by clicking here.

Wales' colour-coded school league tables due out today

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Parents will find out later this morning how well their children's schools are doing across Wales.

The Welsh Government's system categorises schools as green, yellow, amber or red depending on how well they're performing, with some schools getting extra support to help them improve.

How does it work?

  • Green support category: Schools deemed to be 'highly effective', 'well run', with 'strong leadership' and clear priorities for improvement.
  • Yellow support category: An 'effective' school which is 'doing well' and knows where it needs to improve.
  • Amber support category: A school 'in need of improvement', which needs help to 'identify the steps to improvement'. The school will receive a 'tailored' package of support.
  • Red support category: A school in need of 'greatest improvement' which will receive 'immediate, intensive' support and be 'closely monitored'.

We'll publish the full results later this morning on our website.

Rankings for Welsh schools announced tomorrow

The Welsh Government will published its latest rankings for primary and secondary schools across Wales on Thursday.

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You'll be able to find them here on ITV Cymru Wales News from 1030 tomorrow morning.

This is the second year where rankings have been published under a colour-coded 'categorisation' system. According to their performance, schools are categorised as green, yellow, amber or red.

Here are 2015's school rankings: Colour-coded ratings: Where does your school rank?

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