ColegauCymru welcomes today’s publication of the summary of responses to the technical consultation document “Public Good and a Prosperous Wales – the next steps”. The summary generally provides a fair assessment of the views put forward by the Further Education sector, while highlighting key differences of opinion from other areas. Fair treatment of learners and all institutions involved in post-16 provision, including sixth forms, is crucial as the legislation develops.
CEO of ColegauCymru, Iestyn Davies, said “We are pleased to see the latest developments in the process of implementing the recommendations from the Hazelkorn Review and moving towards the establishment of the new Commission. However, while we accept that it is important to get this legislation right, it is now time for the Cabinet Secretary to set out a clear timetable for the next steps in the process and for bringing forward the legislation. We are already halfway through the current Assembly and this is likely to be a complex Bill.”
“The Further Education sector remains happy to assist with the ongoing process. Nonetheless, we still have concerns that while we are focussing on the detail of the new Commission and how it should operate, the first of Professor Hazelkorn’s recommendations, namely the need to develop an overarching vision for the post-compulsory education system for Wales, has not been properly addressed to date.”
“The post-compulsory sector in Wales is flexible, responsive and eager to help create a shared, long-term vision that all players can support. We look forward to working with the Welsh Government to develop this.”
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