Pro­posal for new Welsh-lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - ABBY BOLTER abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

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.

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