This afternoon the Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister answered questions in the Welsh Assembly. She spoke about issues including Brexit, curriculum reforms, and breaking the cycle of poverty and disadvantage. You can find some of the highlights below.
When asked about the need to develop lifelong learning, Kirsty was able to outline the benefits of our groundbreaking student finance reforms that have resulted in huge increases in part-time and postgraduate study. Recently released figures have shown a 35% increase in part time applications and a 58% increase in postgraduate applications.
The curriculum reforms we are taking forward continue to attract attention. Kirsty was clear that the ‘Welsh dimension’ is not just confined to history lessons. The first ever made-in-Wales legislative proposals for the curriculum will give children a better understanding of Wales’ culture.
The Conservative Party’s reckless approach to ripping us out of the European Union will impact our further and higher education sectors. Representative bodies have raised concerns and we made this very clear today.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have a long-standing commitment to extending opportunities to all pupils, regardless of their background. We also have a long-standing record of delivery. Over the course of this decade the Welsh Pupil Premium has been supporting pupils from our most disadvantaged backgrounds.
We’re also committed to ensuring sex and relationships education is fully inclusive to all learners, and addresses wider issues such as consent, domestic abuse and respecting diversity. The plans we are taking forward, linked to the new curriculum, will help achieve this.
If you want to watch the full set of questions you can do so at Senedd TV.