ColegauCymru welcomes the findings outlined in the Children, Young People and Education (CYPE) Committee’s report on the inquiry into the Welsh Bacc. Colleges shared many of the Committee’s concerns and are grateful for this inquiry and for the chance to contribute written and oral evidence to the Committee. Today’s recommendations are a step forward in tackling some of the challenges surrounding the qualification.
ColegauCymru has been supportive of the benefits of the Welsh Bacc, particularly in terms of the breadth of skills developed by learners for future learning, employment and life. However, the way in which the qualification is publicised risks having a detrimental effect on its actual and perceived value.
We agree that there is a need to assure learners, parents and education professionals of the value of the Welsh Bacc, as well as for further employer and university engagement in Wales and beyond, to emphasise the value of the skills gained from studying the Welsh Bacc is key. Likewise, the Committee’s recommendation regarding the need to take into account the mental health and wellbeing of learners is vital as we seek to create a positive learning environment for young people.
Clarity on the Welsh Government’s policy of universal adoption is needed for all schools and colleges. These findings provide an opportunity for schools and colleges to take a more consistent approach to teaching the Welsh Bacc.
As we embark on further curriculum reform in Wales, addressing the recommendations from the report is key to realising the Welsh Bacc’s full potential, and to ensuring that all learners continue to thrive and achieve. We look forward to playing our part in the journey to ensure Wales’ post-16 education system is world-class.