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Council approves next step in controversial school merger

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Powys Council members have voted to go ahead with a full consultation on plans to replace two secondary schools in the area.

The proposals will see two secondary schools - Builth Wells High School and Llandrindod High Schools replaced with a new English-medium school on one of the existing sites.

If the plans go ahead, Llandrindod High School will close.

Around 600 pupils, parents and staff turned out at the local council offices this morning to protest against the potential merger.

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Toddlers in Wales to get 'speech development' book bags

Toddlers in the Vale of Glamorgan are the first of 10,000 two-year-olds across Wales to receive new book bags, designed to support their speech and language development.

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The book bags have been developed as part of the Welsh Government's 'Flying Start' programme, which works to give children living in the most disadvantaged communities in Wales a better start in life.

The book bag contains a Welsh language book, English language book, bilingual activity sheets, scribble pad and a set of crayons, and builds on the existing book bags distributed to all children aged 9 months and 18 months.

We know early language development has a huge impact on children’s literacy, social skills and behaviour as they grow up. Research shows a three-year-old’s vocabulary is predictive of their income at 30 years of age.

This is why support for toddlers’ speech, language and communication skills is such a key element of our flagship Flying Start programme. The new Flying Start Book Bag will support families to have fun reading, rhyming and learning together.

– Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty
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