A new immersion scheme set up in Wales
The scheme, which will be piloted from May, will allow pupils with little or no knowledge of the Welsh language to acquire sufficient fluency to continue on to a Welsh-medium secondary. It is aimed at pupils from Year 3 upwards.
At the moment, only those pupils who enter Welsh-medium education at the ages of three or five are able to progress through the system.
Jane Davidson, Welsh Assembly minister for education and lifelong learning, said: "We are working to make bilingualism a reality in Wales."