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Support for proposal to develop Welsh-language provision for pupils with autism

15 December 2017

Pupils, staff and parents have reacted positively to a proposal to establish specialist learning facilities for Welsh-speaking pupils with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd.

A specialist learning resource centre at the school would enable Welsh-speaking pupils with a diagnosis of ASD to have their needs met through their chosen language while continuing to have access to mainstream curriculum.

The resource would cater for a maximum of 12 children, and a similar provision has already been established for English-medium pupils at Maesteg Comprehensive School.

Bridgend County Borough Council recently carried out a public consultation on the proposal, inviting the views of pupils, parents, teachers, governors, the wider community and Estyn.

The plans were discussed at a series of drop-in sessions where any queries could be answered. The feedback was positive, with all parties recognising the benefits for young people with a diagnosis of ASD to receive continuity of education through the medium of Welsh and keep socialising with their classmates from primary school.

The council has published the full consultation report and has issued a statutory notice inviting any formal written objections, which need to be made before 21 December.

If everything is rubber stamped, the specialist learning facilities could open at the school as early as 1 February 2018.

Councillor Charles Smith, the council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “I’m pleased that such support has been shown so far for this proposal which will enable young people with a diagnosis of ASD to continue their education and development alongside their peers through the medium of Welsh.

“A related proposal will also soon be considered to set up a key stage 2 learning resource centre for ASD at one of the county borough’s four partner Welsh-medium primary schools.” 

Last Updated: 15/12/2017
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