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Teachers in England and Wales are to strike on March 26 in a long-running dispute over pay, pensions and conditions, the National Union of Teachers announced today.
Protestors have gathered in Merthyr Tydfil to oppose the local council's plans to cut services.
They need to save £15.3m over the next 4 years. One proposal is to withdraw transport for people over 16 who are still in education, but it's proving controversial. Carly Jones reports.
A protest has been held in Merthyr Tydfil to oppose cuts proposed by the local council.
One concern is a plan to withdraw transport provision for over-16s to travelling to school.
Campaigners say this would make it harder for pupils to travel to Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun in neighbouring Rhondda Cynon Taf, and threaten the future of the school.
– Morgan Powell, pupil at Rhydywaun's Sixth Form
"These cuts are a threat to the future of our Sixth Form. We feel that the council has targeted the weakest residents with these proposed cuts. Young people, the elderly and the disabled will be most affected by the cuts. In a time when money is already scarce, the council intends to force us to pay for a Welsh education
A protest march is due to be held at Merthyr Town Centre later this morning. It's in opposition to the councils' plans to cut transport for sixth-form pupils at Ysgol Rhydywaun.
Over 90 sixth form pupils travel from Merthyr to Ysgol Rhydywaun every day. But there are now plans out for consultation that could bring the service to an end.
Pupils are concerned about the negative impact that these cuts will have on the residents of Merthyr,
Merthyr council are yet to comment on today's protest but have previously told ITV Wales that they won't comment while the consultation process is ongoing.
A deputy head teacher at the largest Welsh medium school in Wales has admitted three charges of voyeurism involving children.
Gareth Williams, who works at Ysgol Glantaf in Cardiff, was accused of installing a hidden camera to spy on children using a toilet in a house.
Tom Sheldrick reports.
The Welsh Government says a proposal for national model for assessing schools would work alongside the current banding system.
“Categorisation by consortia is not new. All consortia categorise their schools already, but they use four different systems.
A single national categorisation model would ensure that the regional consortia are assessing schools in a consistent way. This would work alongside Banding as it already does. As we said earlier, as and when we’re in a position to make an announcement we will until then we have no further comment.
– Welsh Government spokesperson
Ill informed speculation isn't helpful as it causes confusion for parents and teachers. Banding works; the improved results for Band 4 and 5 schools show that. Why would we ditch a successful policy?
A deputy headmaster at a Cardiff secondary school has pleaded guilty to three charges of voyeurism, after admitting hiding a camera in a toilet to film five children.
Gareth Williams, 47, was suspended from his job at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf after his arrest last month.
Williams recorded footage on a pinhole camera in a house over a period of four years.
He downloaded the clips onto a memory stick and catalogued the footage using the initials of the victims - four teenage girls and a boy.
Three have not yet been identified by police.
Prosecutor David Cooke told Cardiff Magistrates Court there is "a strong likelihood of further charges."
Williams made no application for bail and was remanded in custody to Cardiff Crown Court.
Responding to the Western Mail's report of a new colour-coded ranking system for Welsh schools, the Welsh Government has appeared to confirm it is introducing a different model for categorising school performance, which it said will provide national consistency.
It has though insisted the existing banding system is not being replaced.
– Welsh Government spokesperson
Banding is here to stay. We’ve said all along that we would be looking at it to make sure that it’s effective and meeting the needs of education in Wales. That work is ongoing. As and when we’re in a position to make an announcement we will.
Categorisation by consortia is not new - all consortia categorise their schools, but they use four different systems.
A single national categorisation model will ensure that the regional consortia are assessing schools in a consistent way. It will also provide a robust way for consortia to identify the support and challenge that schools require.
Wales' Education Minister has taken to Twitter this morning to insist "banding is here to stay."
Huw Lewis said work on reviewing the controversial ranking system is ongoing.
Just to clarify following the Western Mail's front page this morning, Banding is here to stay.
We’ve said all along that we would be looking at it to make sure that it’s effective and meeting the needs of education in Wales.
That work is ongoing. As and when we’re in a position to make an announcement we will.