School planning must begin now if Welsh speaking target is to be met

A radical transformation of education in Wales will be necessary over the next decade if the government’s language targets are to be met, according to Welsh language campaigners.

The campaign group Cymdeithas yr Iaith says local authorities should now be forced to plan how they help to deliver one million Welsh speakers by 2050.

New data from the group shows that by that date 19 out of the 22 councils in Wales will need to ensure that the majority of the youngest children are in Welsh medium education.

The research claims that by 2040 more than three-quarters of seven-year-olds will need to be in the Welsh medium sector if the government target of a million speakers by the middle of the century is to be met.

This would have far-reaching consequences for all schools across the nation, with secondary schools having to improve the “continuity” in Welsh teaching after transition and facing pressure to improve the provision of Welsh.

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