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Wales Programmes

Sharp End February 14th

Hundreds of children in Wales are taking part in a trial to extend the school day. Students are taking part in extracurricular activities on top of their regular lessons and if it's successful it could be rolled out across the country. Rob Osborne has been to a school in Neath to learn more about the activities pupils are enjoying after the usual school bell has rang.

Rob also speaks to the Education Minister who says a range a of changes are being looked into, including the length of the summer holidays. To discuss the matter further, Rob is joined by the Head of Education Policy at University of Wales Trinity St David, Gareth Evans and the President of the National Association of Headteachers Cymru, Kerina Hanson.

Also on the show, sixty years ago, Saunders Lewis made a speech calling for action to be taken to save the Welsh language. The Tynged yr Iaith prompted protests and was a seminal moment in the founding of the Cymedeithas yr Iaith movement. But six decades on and what next for the language? Joining Rob to discuss more is the chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith, Mabli Siriol Jones. 

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Wales Programmes