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Welsh school 'first in the UK' to be powered by a solar farm

Welsh school 'first in the UK' to be powered by a solar farm Credit: ITV Wales

St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School in Barry believe they are the first school in the UK to be powered by a solar farm.

The deal between the school, and energy firm Conergy UK, will save the school around £26,000 a year. That money will now be invested in school refurbishments and improving education.

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Police investigating suspected fraud at Cardiff Sixth Form College

South Wales Police officers have confirmed they are investigating a suspected fraud at Cardiff Sixth Form College.

Police say they are investigating a suspected fraud at Cardiff Sixth Form College on Newport Road. Credit: Google

The investigation follows a referral made to the police with regard to suspected financial irregularities at the College.

An investigation into the allegations was launched by South Wales Police Economic Crime Unit and the Charity Commission have appointed an Interim Manager to take over the administration of the College.

'No question' of teachers pay cut says First Minister

The First Minister has insisted there'll be 'no question' of cutting teachers' pay here in Wales if the Welsh Government is given control over setting pay rates.

The UK Government announced yesterday that it would alter the Wales Bill currently going through parliament to transfer the power over teachers' pay and conditions to ministers in Cardiff.

Teachers' unions have expressed concern that it could lead to reduced pay levels here in Wales.

But speaking during First Minister's Questions, Carwyn Jones said that whenever the powers are transferred, his government would not use them to reduce salaries.


Swansea campus will reopen on Monday after fire

Gower College says its fire-hit Tycoch campus will reopen on Monday.

The fire hit Tycoch on Friday. Credit: ITV News

Since last Friday’s fire, we have continued to make very good progress in terms of restoring many classrooms and services.

However, with the sheer volume of work ongoing – including scaffolding the damaged ‘wing’, installing temporary cabins and the removal and replacement of damaged equipment. We are mindful of the impact / health and safety risk of having 2000 additional students on the campus.

Therefore, in the circumstances, we have decided to close the whole of the Tycoch campus for the rest of the week – this includes the Broadway Centre and the Sport Centre.

Students are asked to return on Monday 7th November.

Arrangements will be put in place to ensure that all students are able to catch up on any work lost

– Gower College

Welsh Government still won't support powers plan

The Welsh Government has welcomed initial moves from the UK Government to try to end the stand-off over plans to change the Assembly's powers.

The UK Government has published changes to its Wales Bill including a proposal to give ministers in Cardiff control over teachers' pay and conditions.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said it's still opposed to the bill which needs further alterations.

As the First Minister’s recent letter to the Secretary of State made clear, we are not currently in a position to support the Bill and there are a number of obstacles still to overcome. However, these are encouraging amendments from the UK Government, and we note with interest the promise of further changes in the coming weeks.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Largest teachers' union in Wales says teacher pay development was expected

The largest teachers’ union in Wales has said it was not surprised by the announcement that teachers’ pay and conditions in Wales are to be devolved to the Welsh Government as part of an amended Wales Bill.

Moreover it will oppose the move if 'commitments' from the Welsh Government are not forthcoming.

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This development is not unexpected.

However, devolution of teachers’ pay and conditions for Wales is not a simple and straightforward matter and in order for the NASUWT to support this move we will be seeking a number of important commitments from the Welsh Government.

These conditions will include commitments on funding for teachers’ pay, on conditions of service and on the involvement of an independent review body process.

Should these commitments not be forthcoming then NASUWT will clearly be using parliamentary process to seek to oppose the move.

Unfortunately, the first opportunity the Welsh Government had to demonstrate its approach to teachers’ pay was to remove from teachers the payment they received for the Education Workforce Council fee. This has not inspired teachers in Wales with confidence about the approach that the Welsh Government will adopt.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT
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