Concerns are being raised over the lack of Welsh medium secondary school provision in Newport. Pupils currently travel to Pontypool, but the school there is expected to reach capacity in 2016. The Welsh Government says it is monitoring the situation.
We expect all local authorities to identify how they will provide sufficient and appropriate places for children whose parents/carers desire them to have Welsh-medium education.
The School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 will place a duty upon local authorities to prepare, consult on and publish a Welsh in Education Strategic Plan that will be submitted for approval of, and monitoring by, Welsh Ministers.
One of the key provisions in the Bill relating to Welsh in Education Strategic Plans will be the requirement for local authorities under certain circumstances to measure parental demand for Welsh-medium education in their areas.
We take this issue very seriously and are monitoring the situation carefully.