Proposal for new Welsh-language education facility
PUPILS with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder may soon be able to receive help with their learning through the medium of Welsh.
Bridgend County Borough Council is inviting views on a proposal to establish specialist learning facilities for them.
The council is proposing to set up a learning resource centre at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd in Maesteg to cater for a maximum of 12 children with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).
Currently, there isn’t a learning resource centre as part of a local mainstream school that can meet the needs of secondary school age children with a diagnosis of ASD through the medium of Welsh.
The council said specialist learning facilities at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd would enable those pupils who speak Welsh to have their needs met while continuing to develop and thrive within their peer group and have normal access to mainstream curriculum, where appropriate. Similar provision has been established for Englishmedium pupils at Maesteg Comprehensive School.
The council has launched an online consultation on the proposal to seek the views of staff, parents, pupils, the governing body and other interested parties. If the proposal is supported, the new facilities would open at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd in January 2018.
Councillor Charles Smith, the council’s cabinet member for education and regeneration, said: “This proposal would provide continuity of education and provision for Welsh speaking pupils with ASD, and would also mean they’d still be able to socialise with their peers with whom they attended primary school.
“An alternative to opening a new learning resource centre at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd would be for Welsh speaking pupils with ASD to attend Maesteg Comprehensive School, but that would obviously mean they wouldn’t be able to continue their education through the medium of Welsh, or remain with their friends from primary school. The learning resource class at Maesteg Comprehensive School is also close to capacity.”
Visit www.bridgend.gov. uk/consultation.
The consultation will remain open until Tuesday, October 17.