All local authorities in Wales are required by law to have a Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP).
New regulations came into force last year to better support Welsh Government’s long-term goal of having one million Welsh speakers by 2050. The education system plays a key part in achieving this vision and all local authorities in Wales must contribute by creating their own action plans for Welsh-medium education provision for both now and in the future.
In the new Curriculum for Wales, which starts in September 2022 for primary schools and from 2023 for secondary schools, becoming bilingual and multilingual is a key feature of the Languages, Literacy and Communications area of learning.
The Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill became law in April 2021 and learning Welsh will be compulsory from the age of three and English from age seven. It means current English medium schools can still teach English from the age of three, but now have the duty and opportunity to introduce Welsh from age three as well.
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 requires public bodies across Wales to work towards achieving seven well-being goals, including 'A Wales of Vibrant Culture and Thriving Welsh Language'. We have a duty to promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language and to work towards the achievement of the well-being goals.