The Welsh Government has announced that it will be investing in infrastructure that will allow schools to become community focused and support them as they help to deliver community projects.
Community Focused Schools are to be supported across all of the local authorities in Wales, as they help to deliver community projects ranging from food and gardening schemes, use of sports facilities and community hubs within buildings. Parental and outreach programmes are also to be delivered, with these including nutrition and skills classes, as well as parent and child reading sessions.
Further Education Welfare Service and Family Engagement Officers are to be supported by £6.5 million of funding as well, with their role being to tackle inequality and absence issues. They will do so by supporting the children and families who need it the most.
Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, said:
“I have seen first-hand the fantastic initiatives schools up and down the country are running to help both their school community and local area.
“This investment will enable schools to use their facilities and resources to benefit the communities they serve, improve the lives of children, families and build stronger communities.”
This investment follows other funding commitments from the Welsh Government to school, with three new sustainable schools being announced last week. These investment boosts not only help to further public sector goals in the country, but also begin to cement schools in their place at the centre of communities.