Arfon area post-16 education - ensuring the best for young people

Date: 03/03/2020

The Welsh Government's expectations are changing for post-16 education and Gwynedd Council is considering whether there is scope to improve provision in the Arfon area of the county.


A report, which will be considered by Gwynedd Council's Cabinet on 10 March, seeks approval to begin local discussions in the summer term 2020. This would include a series of working groups with representation from Arfon's post-16 education stakeholders, including governors, headteachers, teachers and learners.


The aim of this work will be to assess how a future post-16 education system could be secured which will offer fairness and strong support to every young person in the county to enable them to succeed and achieve their potential.


Garem Jackson, Gwynedd Council's Head of Education, said:


“There has been no significant change in the pattern of post-16 education in the Arfon area for 40 years. With the landscape of post-16 education changing across Wales, it is therefore timely for us to take a step back to see if the current situation fully meets the needs of our young people.


“By conducting an open conversation, we want to see what aspects of the current system are working well and what we can do better to ensure an innovative system that offers the best for all learners.


"Above all, we want to find an answer to the question 'what needs to be done to ensure that the system in Gwynedd enables all our learners to fulfil their potential?’.”


The report to Gwynedd Council's Cabinet seeks approval to open a discussion on current provision and consider opportunities to:


  • support post-16 education providers to deliver high quality, modern, sustainable education,
  • ensure consistency in the choice of learning experiences for young people,
  • prepare young people for future career opportunities.


Councillor Cemlyn Rees Williams, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said:


“Our vision is to have a post-16 education system that truly meets the needs of all our learners.


“Background, geography and circumstances should not limit our young people's future choice or direction. We need an education system which combines vocational, technical and academic educational needs that equip our people with key skills for the world of work.


“Employer expectations are changing with a much greater emphasis on areas such as digital services, the green energy sector and food and agriculture. It will therefore be essential that future post-16 education prepares our young people for the opportunities that will emerge from all core sectors.”