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Bill will 'reduce bureaucracy and improve school standards', says Education Minister

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Education Minister: 'Bill cuts down on complexity and bureaucracy'

The Welsh Government has set out its plans to reform the Welsh education system in a bill published today.

Education Minister Leighton Andrews said the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Bill gives greater guidance to local authorities in how they can intervene to tackle failing schools.

The proposals includes a way for parents to call meetings with school governors, as well as giving local authorities 'flexibility' over the price of school meals.

The Bill also includes an obligation for councils to put in place strategies to 'support and enhance' provision of Welsh-medium education.

All children and young people in Wales should have access to the best education which will benefit them throughout their lives.

Reducing bureaucracy and improving school standards is a crucial element of this.

– Leighton Andrews, Education Minister

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