Provision of textbooks and learning resources for pupils

The Children, Young People and Education Committee is undertaking a specific piece of work to consider the provision of textbooks and learning resources for pupils taking reformed general qualifications (GCSEs and A Levels) in Wales. We are particularly concerned about the availability of Welsh medium resources and the resources available in specific subjects.


December 2017

The Committee questioned Qualifications Wales during the scrutiny session on its Annual Report, on 6 December 2017.


January 2018

The Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Education. The Cabinet Secretary responded on 31 January 2018. 


February / March 2018

Following consideration of the response from the Cabinet Secretary, the Committee wrote to the WJEC and Qualifications Wales on 22 February. Responses were received from the WJEC and Qualifications Wales on 13 March.


The Committee agreed to hold a one-off scrutiny session with WJEC and Qualifications Wales and consulted key stakeholders to seek their views on the issue.


April 2018

Responses to the targeted consultation were received from Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr; Cabinet Secretary for Education; Regional Consortia – Joint Response; Estyn; NASUWT; NAHT Cymru; UCAC.


The Assembly’s Outreach team, on behalf of the Committee, undertook engagement with schools across Wales. Video interviews with pupils and teachers, providing their views on the provision of textbooks and learning resources, have been recorded as evidence to support the inquiry.


WJEC and Qualifications Wales both wrote to the Committee on 20 April ahead of the one-off scrutiny session.


May 2018

On 2 May, the Committee held an evidence session with the WJEC and Qualifications Wales. The Committee also viewed the video interviews recorded, and were provided with a brief on the interviews that were conducted.



Report on the inquiry into Provision of textbooks and learning resources for pupils


A short video is available that summarise the committee’s report.


Welsh Government Response

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

First published: 15/03/2018




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