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04/06/2015  AM calls for shake-up in science funding
AM calls for shake-up in science funding

Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Skills Spokesperson highlighted the need for Wales to obtain extra money for science research during a cross party group meeting in the Senedd.

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19/05/2015  Welsh education department must not cut corners when implementing Foundation Phase
Welsh education department must not cut corners when implementing Foundation Phase

  Plaid Cymru Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas has warned the Welsh Government not to cut back on funding for the Foundation Phase education policy.

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13/05/2015  Wales will need Plaid Cymru more than ever before
Wales will need Plaid Cymru more than ever before

Only Plaid Cymru will stand up for Wales against threat of five more years of cruel Tory cuts The looming threat posed by a Tory government will mean that the Party of Wales will be more important than ever before during this Westminster parliament, Plaid Cymru’s Simon Thomas has said.

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24/02/2015  Need for complete revamp of curriculum in Wales
Need for complete revamp of curriculum in Wales

Ahead of the long awaited review of the National Curriculum in Wales Plaid Cymru’s Simon Thomas has called for real revamp of the present curriculum introduced in 1988.

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24/02/2015  Plaid Cymru highlights the need for better training
Plaid Cymru highlights the need for better training

 During a debate on education watchdog’s Estyn annual report Plaid Cymru highlighted the need to build capacity of the education workforce in Wales.

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11/02/2015  Calls from AMs for councils to boost youth electoral registration
Calls from AMs for councils to boost youth electoral registration

Plaid Cymru’s Simon Thomas will lead a debate in the Senedd on getting more young people on the electoral register.

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07/02/2015  Plaid pledge more support for students studying in Wales
Plaid pledge more support for students studying in Wales

Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas is to tell a trade union conference in London today that his party will prioritise students from Wales who wish to study in Welsh universities.

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25/11/2014  Concerns about mental health services for young people
Concerns about mental health services for young people

The Children, Young People and Education Committee has serious concerns about services for young people with mental health problems in Wales.

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19/11/2014  Truancy tax is a postcode lottery
Truancy tax is a postcode lottery

A Freedom of Information request by Plaid Cymru has uncovered a piecemeal approach to new £120 fines for parents of children mitching school.

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19/11/2014  Welsh Government cuts will impact on 12,000 post-16 learners
Welsh Government cuts will impact on 12,000 post-16 learners

The Party of Wales team in the National Assembly highlighted the impact of Welsh Government cuts on further education and skills spending during Education Questions in the Senedd.

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19/11/2014  Talks start on teachers’ pay
Talks start on teachers’ pay

The Welsh Government has confirmed it is in talks about the possibility of devolving teachers’ pay and conditions.

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12/11/2014  Plaid Cymru reacts to “devastating” Murco news
Plaid Cymru reacts to “devastating” Murco news

Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales, Simon Thomas has reacted to the news that hundreds of jobs are under threat in Pembrokeshire as a proposed deal to buy an oil refinery has collapsed.

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11/07/2014  Emergency question tabled on further cuts to adult learning provision
Emergency question tabled on further cuts to adult learning provision

  News that there will be further cuts in the provision for the teaching of Welsh to adults has been condemned by Plaid Cymru.

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10/06/2014  Plaid Cymru calls on Welsh Government to introduce spot checks for schools
Plaid Cymru calls on Welsh Government to introduce spot checks for schools

Plaid Cymru calls on Welsh Government to introduce spot checks for schools Party of Wales Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas has said it is time the Welsh Government introduced spot checks for schools without giving notice.

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03/06/2014  One path for all Welsh Additional Learning Needs pupils
One path for all Welsh Additional Learning Needs pupils

“End the postcode lottery for students with specific needs”: Plaid Cymru The Party of Wales Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas has highlighted the inconsistent provision of additional learning support that exists between local authorities in Wales, insisting that it needs to be tackled by the Welsh Government through a single, specific

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20/05/2014   Strong lead and a long term vision for early education needed
 Strong lead and a long term vision for early education needed

In response to  an independent stocktake of the Foundation Phase in Wales, the Party of Wales Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas said: “Plaid Cymru has championed the principles and practice of the Foundation Phase for many years, because international evidence shows that the method of learning through doing works well in early education.

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14/03/2014  We must use all of our national assets for the good of the economy
We must use all of our national assets for the good of the economy

Apprenticeships and education are key in harnessing economic potential of Welsh language The Welsh language is an asset that should be mobilised for the good of the Welsh economy.

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14/03/2014  Plaid Cymru demands answers over unexpectedly low GCSE grades
Plaid Cymru demands answers over unexpectedly low GCSE grades

Plaid Cymru Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas AM has demanded answers from the Welsh Government over unexpectedly low GCSE English grades in the January module examinations.

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19/02/2014  Minister sees sense on Diamond review of Higher Education following talks
Minister sees sense on Diamond review of Higher Education following talks

Plaid Cymru Shadow Education and Skills Minister Simon Thomas has welcomed the latest statement on terms of reference of the Professor Ian Diamond Review of Higher Education.

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18/02/2014  Rhydywaun School transport crisis raised with Welsh Language Commissioner
Rhydywaun School transport crisis raised with Welsh Language Commissioner

Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Education, Skills and the Welsh Language Minister Simon Thomas today raised the issue of the transport crisis impacting on pupils from Rhydywaun School with the Welsh Language Commissioner Meri Huws.

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