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Multi-million pound investment to develop Urdd residential centres

Today (11 October) in a special event at Llangrannog Urdd centre, Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education announced an investment of £2.75 milion towards Urdd Chief Executive, Siân Lewis’ vision to develop and renovate Llangrannog and Glan-llyn residential centres. Urdd Gobaith Cymru will ...

First Minister officially opens state-of-the-art school in Bridgend

First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, today opened a new state-of-the-art primary school in Bridgend.

£5m Welsh Government funding for Pantycelyn

Its former residents include Prince Charles; First Minister, Carwyn Jones and the One Show’s Alex Jones and now the iconic Neuadd Pantycelyn is set to be home to many more students thanks to £5m of funding from the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education programme, which will contribu ...

Major landmark reached as 100 projects completed through the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme

This represents an investment of £1.4 billion in education infrastructure across Wales .

Kirsty Williams announces £14 million for school repairs

Schools are to receive £14 million for small scale repairs and maintenance under plans announced today by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams.

£100m to deliver 21st Century Schools

£100m is to be invested over the next three years to accelerate the delivery of the flagship 21st Century Schools and Education programme, Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams and Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan said today.

Bumper £2.3bn building fund for schools and colleges

The Welsh Government has earmarked a further £2.3 billion to modernise education infrastructure, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced today (Friday 10 November).

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai gets £6.75 million Welsh Government boost for state of the art engineering centre at Coleg Menai

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams today (6 October) announced a £6.75 million Welsh Government investment in a state of the art further education engineering centre on Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Llangefni Campus, as part of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme. Total inv ...

First Minister opens new £22m college campus in Aberdare

First Minister Carwyn Jones will today officially open the new £22m Coleg y Cymoedd campus in Aberdare (Thursday 5 October).

New £40m Port Talbot school officially opened by Kirsty Williams

A new £40m school for Port Talbot has been officially opened by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams today (Mon 13th March).

First Minister marks start of work at new £8m primary school in the Upper Rhymney Valley

The new state-of-the art school demonstrates the Welsh Government’s commitment to providing the best school facilities for the children that need it most, First Minister Carwyn Jones said today.

Funding approved for Ysgol Newydd Margam

Funding for a new £37m all-through school in Margam has been approved by Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams.

Construction Excellence in Wales / 21st Century Schools Conference held in Cardiff, May 2015

We have appointed Constructing Excellence in Wales to take forward a programme of work in support of the 21st Century Schools Programme to maximise the impact and value of the investment and provide better performing buildings at lower costs.

21st Century Schools and Education Programme - Increased Funding Flexibility

The Education Minister, Huw Lewis, visited the Nantgarw campus of Coleg y Cymoedd to discuss the development of the new Curriculum in Wales.

Partnership with Church in Wales school delivers solutions to Capital’s capacity challenges

St. Teilo’s, a joint-venture between Cardiff County Council, the Church in Wales and the Welsh Government, has simultaneously tackled pupil capacity problems facing three different schools in the eastern suburbs of the Capital.

Asbestos risk: using vintage gas masks and helmets as teaching aids in schools

Teachers and pupils should not be handling any WWII gas masks or WWI helmets.

Novel approach delivers affordable permanent capacity for fast-growing Ysgol Gymraeg Nant Talwg

An imaginative approach to building design has allowed a new Welsh-medium primary school in South Wales to leap-frog over the limitations of temporary structures and be fast-tracked to the forefront of modern educational environments.

Rising numbers signal early success for newly-built Awel y Môr Primary

Proving more popular than ever with children in one of Wales’ most socially deprived areas since the opening of a £7.9m ultra-modern primary school, part-funded by the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme.

21st Century Schools Programme now launched

The £1.4 billion programme helping to create new inspiring and motivating learning environments across Wales.

Rural merger delivers ultra-modern alternative for Welsh-medium learners at Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy

Welsh medium primary education in a rural area of Denbighshire looks to have a more secure future, thanks to a £1.4m investment which is bringing two primary schools together in a new and ultra-modern environment.

Three-into-one school project set to unlock major new learning opportunities at Aberdare Community School

A £50 million investment is set to change the face of secondary education in a deprived Valley area by merging three struggling schools into a new flagship establishment designed to offer wide choice, top standards and the very latest learning and leisure facilities.

Have you seen? School Organisation Code

The Code details requirements and provides guidelines in respect of school organisation that came into effect after 1 October 2013.

Now online: guidance on asbestos management in schools

Those undertaking 21st Century Schools projects will need to be aware of the procedures and legislation in the guidance to ensure that school maintenance and building work is carried out safely.

Primary Class Sizes in Wales Remain at 30 or Under

Figures published today show the majority of infant and junior age pupils in Wales continue to benefit from class sizes of 30 or fewer.

School funding remains a top priority with £25 million boost for 21st Century Schools Programme

Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis, has welcomed an additional £25 million of capital funding for school construction projects under the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme.

First Minister gets a taste of Ceredigion

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, today visited Ceredigion to sample some of its finest foods and see how education is delivered in one of its newest schools.

“£76.5m infrastructure boost to create jobs and growth” – Jane Hutt

A £76.5m funding package for housing, schools, flood protection and transport will support around 1,400 jobs and boost economic growth, Finance Minister Jane Hutt said today.

Minister announces major capital boost for Welsh schools

An additional £35.7m has been allocated to capital projects in Wales to allow local authorities to start building projects earlier than planned, Education Minister Leighton Andrews has announced today.

“Building our way to economic growth” – Jane Hutt

Investing in infrastructure and supporting Wales’ construction sector will ensure Wales builds its way towards economic growth, Finance Minister Jane Hutt said today.

Opening of new Learning Zone marks new phase at The Works

The regeneration of The Works site in Ebbw Vale enters a new phase today with the opening of the Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone.

Finance Minister sees results of capital funding at Rhyl Sixth Form College

Finance Minister Jane Hutt saw the results of Welsh Government capital funding and how it has made a major difference to education facilities in Rhyl during a recent visit to the town.

Additional funding for every Band 4 and 5 school announced by Minister

Band 4 and 5 secondary schools in Wales are set to receive £10,000 to secure improvements in standards and performance, Education Minister Leighton Andrews has announced today.

Welsh Government Education and Skills Director-General appointed

Owen Evans has been appointed as the new Director-General for Education and Skills within the Welsh Government, the Permanent Secretary, Derek Jones CB has announced.

£500m kickstarts new investment programme

Two new innovative finance schemes that will result in half a billion pounds of additional infrastructure investment were announced by Welsh Government Finance Minister Jane Hutt today.

Education Minister officially opens £8.7 million building for Crownbridge School

Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, was in Croesyceiliog today to officially open an £8.7 million building for Crownbridge Special School, with £5.4 million of the funding coming from the Welsh Government.

An extra £15 million boost for Wales' 21st century schools

Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews, has welcomed a £15 million boost to support the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme in 2013-14, enabling a number of key projects to start early.

Statement to Directors of Education

You will have received confirmation in December that the Strategic Outline Programme (SOP) submitted by your authority had been successfully received.

Update from 21st Century Schools Board (February 2011)

The 21st Century Schools Programme Board met on 6th December 2010 to review progress on the 21st Century School Programme and next steps.

21st Century Schools Programme Lays Strong Foundations for the Future (March 2010)

Education Minister Leighton Andrews will today unveil joint plans between the Welsh Assembly Government and the WLGA to radically change the way school capital programmes are organised and funded in the future.

21st Century Schools in Wales (May 2010)

Raising our education standards to world class levels, and providing a great start in life for every child is a challenging but key priority for Wales. But it is a priority we recognise will not be achieved unless school buildings are places that inspire both learners and teachers, accommodate 21st ...

Building Collaboration across Wales (November 2010)

The construction industry has long been recognised as both an indicator of the condition of the economy, as a potential medium for stimulating economic regeneration.

ICT Excellence Awards 2010

The ICT Excellence Awards is an awards scheme for schools, local authorities and other organisations supporting schools which aim to identify and reward whole school excellence in ICT and reward those organisations who support school improvement with ICT. The winning schools and organisations were ...

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The Programme will focus resources on the right schools and colleges in the right places, for early years through to post-16, with funding jointly provided by WG, local authorities and colleges.
It takes into account the need for local priorities and flexibility.