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Rules on making objections changed

The length of time to raise objections about school reorganisation proposals has been reduced from two to one calendar month, the Assembly government has announced. In addition, local authorities will only be allowed to publish their plans during term time and no fewer than 15 days before the end of term.

Learning coaching certificate unfolded

The first qualification to help develop the skills of learning coaches for the 14-19 learning pathways scheme has been launched. Awarding body Agored Cymru said its level 4 certificate in learning coaching will give practitioners the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to inspire and motivate students.

Education minister in literacy tribute

Education minister Leighton Andrews has paid tribute to those who make literacy meaningful in a speech for World Book Day. The minister also acknowledged Wales' problems of low-level basic literacy, and said: "We must get literacy right if we are to develop a fully functioning democracy."

Fairtrade primary tastes success

A Welsh primary has become the 500th Fairtrade School in the UK after a year of promoting the Fairtrade scheme to help tackle global poverty through trade. Staff and pupils at Laugharne VCP School in Carmarthenshire have been taking part in a range of fun activities, as well as learning about Fairtrade in citizenship lessons.

Governors meet to talk collaboration

School governors from across Wales will gather tomorrow to discuss how collaboration and effective partnership can help to raise standards and improve pupil performance. Education minister Leighton Andrews, who has told governing bodies to work together more effectively, will address the Governors Wales event in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

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