Regrettably, it has taken The Times Educational Supplement 94 years to accept that Wales needs its own education newspaper, an imperative that has become all the more pressing since devolution. But today we can finally celebrate the launch of TES Cymru.
It will be published in Wales every week from now on. But a living newspaper needs more than paper and ink. It needs the response of a lively following to contribute to its debates, guide its editorial thinking and ensure it serves the needs of Welsh education.
TES Cymru is aimed at everyone with an interest in education in Wales.
Those who told us they wanted more Welsh coverage in The TES also said they did not want to be cut off from development and debate elsewhere. So TES Cymru is a blend of the important Welsh and English education news and opinion.
The TES has, of course, always covered Wales as best it could from London.
But the difference now is that TES Cymru's editor Karen Thornton will be based permanently in Wales. She will be in touch daily with people and events throughout the principality and will be setting the priorities for Welsh coverage.
TES Cymru also continues to bring you FE Focus, unrivalled coverage of professional issues in Friday magazine, Teacher magazine with its superb posters, and Online, our computers in education magazine, as well as the biggest choice of education jobs available anywhere.
We will be making space for Welsh letters (see page 2) and our comment pages now include sections contributed from Wales (see opposite). Readers are also welcome to visit our new TES Cymru online forum at www.tes.co.ukcymru to tell us what Wales wants from its new education newspaper.