The creation of seven new classrooms at a Welsh primary school in Wrexham is among 11 new investment projects announced today by Wales’ Education Minister.
It follows a tendering process which will now see them take the next step in the business case process and apply for funding from the Welsh Average Capital Grant, totaling over £30m. pounds, after the funding was announced last year.
Funding from the Welsh Government aims to increase the capacity of schools in Welsh, create new Welsh language offerings and support early language immersion as well as helping learners of all ages improve their Welsh skills and confidence.
£6.3million has been earmarked for Ysgol ID Hooson, Wrexham, which would create an additional seven permanent classrooms for the school.
This would create a capacity of 105 additional places for students.
Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and the Welsh Language, said: “Expanding access to education in Welsh is absolutely essential to developing our language and making greater use of Welsh in our daily lives.
“This investment will help meet the demand for Welsh language education by increasing school capacity and supporting increased Welsh language immersion. The investment will complement our plans to increase the number of Welsh-language teachers and develop the Welsh-language skills of staff in English-speaking schools.
“Creating opportunities to use Welsh outside the classroom is also important, whether that’s competing in the arts or sports, or simply visiting the Eisteddfod. So I’m happy to support next year the Urdd in continuing its tremendous work of opening up a wide range of opportunities for young people.
“All of these activities will help us reach our goal of one million Welsh speakers and double the daily use of Welsh by 2050.”
An additional £1.2million will also be provided to Urdd for the new financial year, to help the youth organization continue its activities, which have been disrupted by Covid-19.
The funding will support a network of Urdd development workers across Wales, as well as new support for Welsh language learning in the most deprived communities in Wales. The funding comes on top of funding from the Welsh Government to provide free entry to the Eisteddfod in Denbighshire this summer.