The Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the publication of Wales’ first ever Rural Education Action Plan which has been launched by Welsh Lib Dem Education Secretary Kirsty Williams. 

Since joining the Welsh Government, Kirsty Williams AM has implemented a large number of Welsh Liberal Democrat policies which will support and raise standards in rural schools.

Reforms included in the new action plan include:

  • a Small and Rural School grant to encourage innovation and raise standards;
  • a new ‘E-sgol’ project that will use video technology to connect classrooms so that pupils from one school can join classes at other schools remotely;
  • strengthening the School Organisation Code in respect of a presumption against the closure of rural schools; and
  • additional funding to improve connectivity in rural schools.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:

This marks Wales’ first ever rural school action plan and strategy.  This is because we now have an Education Secretary that understands the challenges facing rural communities and who is implementing Welsh Liberal Democrat policies.

Schools are the backbone of their rural communities. In government the Welsh Liberal Democrats are supporting rural schools to ensure all pupils can reach their potential.

Our party has a proud history of standing up for our rural communities. Today is a continuation of that proud history.