Newport City Council’s draft Accessibility Strategy for Schools
Consultation 11/02/2019 – 08/04/2019
The draft Strategy outlines our commitment to improve:
Full information on the consultation can be found here including a children and young people’s version of the draft strategy and the Fairness and Equality Impact Assessment.
Printed copies of the draft Strategy are available from the Information Station.
Ymgynghoriad 11/02/2019 – 08/04/2019
Mae’r Strategaeth ddrafft yn amlinellu ein hymrwymiad i wella:
Gellir cael gwybodaeth lawn ar yr ymgynghoriad yma gan gynnwys fersiwn plant a phobl ifanc o’r strategaeth ddrafft a’r Asesiad Effaith ar Degwch a Chydraddoldeb.
Mae copïau print o’r Strategaeth ddrafft ar gael o’r Orsaf Wybodaeth.
Votes at 16
Votes at 16 – a new law to lower the voting age for Assembly elections
The Llywydd of the National Assembly, Elin Jones AM, will today introduce a new law to renew democracy in Wales by lowering the voting age to 16 for Assembly elections.
The Senedd and Elections Bill will empower 16 and 17-year-olds to vote at Welsh general elections, in time for the Assembly election in 2021, giving them a voice on decisions that will define their future.
Building on the work to establish Wales’s first ever Youth Parliament last year, the objective is to inspire young people to participate in the democratic process.
When the National Assembly consulted on these proposals, one of the key themes to emerge from young people was that votes at 16 should be accompanied by appropriate political and citizenship education and public awareness-raising to ensure young people are encouraged and supported to exercise their right to vote.
The Assembly Commission will be working with Welsh Government and stakeholders to ensure that the relevant information reaches as many young people as possible before this positive change comes into force.
Many schools already engage with the Assembly through visits and by using materials made available by our dedicated Education and Youth Engagement team.
Before it can become law, the Bill will be subject to scrutiny, consultation, and debate by the Assembly. The hope is that the introduction of this Bill will provide another opportunity for schools to engage with the Assembly and to discuss the issues with students.
To assist, the National Assembly’s Education and Youth Engagement team has developed online resources for school councils and teachers/youth workers to use to discuss lowering the voting age for Assembly elections to 16 which are available from today on Hwb.
- A KS4 English lesson plan with a focus on persuasive techniques.
- A session plan for school councils/youth groups.
- A session plan for PSE lessons, incorporating short videos outlining the views of some of the newly elected Welsh Youth Parliament Members.
- An assortment of slides related to the Wales Act 2017 and changes to the Assembly’s powers.
- A Power Pairs game to familiarise pupils with the powers of the National Assembly for Wales.
- Discussion cards to facilitate debate on lowering the voting age.
- An age threshold quiz.
- A video explaining the proposed changes to the voting age for Assembly elections.
If you have any further queries, or wish to arrange a workshop about the Assembly with your school council / group or arrange a visit to the Senedd please call 0300 200 6565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to find out more about the Welsh Youth Parliament please email@example.com.