Education & Learning

Friday 31 January 2020

School support categories published by Welsh Government

Description:
Today, the Welsh Government published their school categorisation and overall, there has been a slight increase in the number of schools in Torfaen ranked in the top 2 categories.
Monday 27 January 2020

Mary scoops Inspire Tutor Award

Mary scoops Inspire Tutor Award
Description:
A Torfaen Adult Community Learning tutor who reminds adult learners that maths can be fun has won a national award.
Thursday 23 January 2020

Croesyceiliog School officially opened

Croesyceiliog School officially opened
Description:
Torfaen Council welcomed the Welsh Government's Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, to officially open Croesyceiliog School.
Monday 20 January 2020

Torfaen Play volunteering applications open

Torfaen Play volunteering applications open
Description:
Torfaen Play and Short Break Service is now recruiting new Play Volunteers and Play Helpers for the Summer 2020 Play schemes in Torfaen and Monmouthshire.
Wednesday 8 January 2020

Torfaen Play support children and their families over the festive period

Torfaen Play support children and their families over the festive period
Description:
Over 35 children with additional needs and their families were supported each day over the festive period through Torfaen Play Services free holiday Play and Respite provisions.
Friday 20 December 2019

Torfaen's Education Service receive Kitemark Award

Torfaen's Education Service receive Kitemark Award
Description:
Torfaen's Education Service become the first in Wales to receive Children and Young People Participation Kitemark Award.

Torfaen Adult Community Learning first to deliver new infection prevention and control course for special procedure practitioners

Torfaen Adult Community Learning first to deliver new infection prevention and control course for special procedure practitioners
Description:
We are delighted to announce that Torfaen Adult Community Learning team were the first learning provider in Wales, and the UK, to register to deliver the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Infection, Prevention, and Control in Special Procedures for Practitioners.
Thursday 19 December 2019

Torfaen Play Service volunteers celebrated at annual awards ceremony

Torfaen Play Service volunteers celebrated at annual awards ceremony
Description:
This week, the annual Play Service Volunteer Awards took place at Pontypool Active Living Centre to celebrate some of the key achievements young people across Torfaen make to support every child's right to play.
Thursday 5 December 2019

Torfaen Libraries 'Read To Me' companions bring joy to many

Torfaen Libraries 'Read To Me' companions bring joy to many
Description:
Torfaen Libraries 'Read To Me' companions are bringing comfort and joy to residents across Torfaen.
Friday 29 November 2019

Woodlands Community Primary awarded 'Excellence' in recent Estyn Inspection report

Woodlands Community Primary awarded 'Excellence' in recent Estyn Inspection report
Description:
Following an Estyn inspection in September 2019, Woodlands Community Primary School has scored 'excellent' in all five inspection categories, greatly improving on their positive inspection back in 2014.
Friday 22 November 2019

Torfaen Play encourages families to play outdoors this autumn and winter

Torfaen Play encourages families to play outdoors this autumn and winter
Description:
It is widely known that Torfaen Play Service offers a large range of play opportunities for children and young people across the county borough, seven days a week.
Tuesday 22 October 2019

Strive for 95+ pupils celebrated

Strive for 95+ pupils celebrated
Description:
Today, Torfaen pupils have received certificates in the council chamber to celebrate their outstanding attendance in the last academic year.
Friday 18 October 2019

Young People's Safeguarding Conference

Description:
Today (Friday October 18), the Gwent Safeguarding Children Board are holding their first young people's conference at the Celtic Manor Resort.
Tuesday 24 September 2019

New free swim initiative to get people in Torfaen swimming

New free swim initiative to get people in Torfaen swimming
Description:
A revised Free Swimming Initiative, funded by Welsh Government and delivered by Sport Wales in partnership with the Torfaen Leisure Trust, will be introduced in public pools across Torfaen from October 2019.
Thursday 12 September 2019

Topping out ceremony takes place for Torfaen Learning Zone

Topping out ceremony takes place for Torfaen Learning Zone
Description:
Today, (Thursday 12 September) a topping out ceremony took place on the roof of the Torfaen Learning Zone to mark the latest milestone in the £24 million development.
Tuesday 10 September 2019

Governing Body replaced by IEB

Description:
This week, Torfaen Council received approval by Kirsty Williams, the Welsh Government Minister for Education to replace the Cwmbran High School governing body with an Interim Executive Board (IEB).

Topping out ceremony for Torfaen Learning Zone

Topping out ceremony for Torfaen Learning Zone
Description:
A topping out ceremony will take place on Thursday 12 September to mark the latest milestone in the development of the Torfaen Learning Zone.
Friday 6 September 2019

Torfaen Libraries 'Read to Me' service

Description:
Torfaen Libraries Shared Reading Service expands to offer a 'Read to Me' service to residents that are experiencing social isolation and loneliness in the borough.
Wednesday 28 August 2019

End of Summer Playscheme Awards 2019

End of Summer Playscheme Awards 2019
Description:
Last week (23/08/2019), more than 300 Torfaen Play Service staff attended Victory Church in Cwmbran to celebrate what has been the busiest year ever for playschemes.
Friday 23 August 2019

Hundreds of families benefit from Childcare Offer

Description:
The Childcare Offer for Wales provides 30 hours a week of Government funded early education and childcare for working parents of three and four year olds in Torfaen, for 48 weeks of the year.

Adult learners celebrate GCSE success

Description:
Adult Learners across Torfaen are celebrating following fantastic results in their GCSE exams and a successful year of learning with Torfaen Adult Community Learning.
Thursday 15 August 2019

Torfaen students celebrate A Level results

Description:
In the national performance benchmark the level 3 threshold increased from 92.3% to 94.4%
Thursday 8 August 2019

Torfaen Playscheme hand out 3,000 reusable bottles

Torfaen Playscheme hand out 3,000 reusable bottles
Description:
This summer, Torfaen Play Service are doing their bit to help improve the local environment and reduce their carbon footprint by handing out 3,000 reusable drink bottles.
Thursday 25 July 2019

Summer Playscheme preparation is underway!

Summer Playscheme preparation is underway!
Description:
Preparations are well underway for this year's summer play schemes!
Friday 5 July 2019

Summer Playschemes 2019

Summer Playschemes 2019
Description:
Details of Torfaen's 2019 summer playschemes
Wednesday 26 June 2019

Youth Service Gains Quality Mark Award

Youth Service Gains Quality Mark Award
Description:
Representatives of the Torfaen Youth Service received the Silver Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales
Tuesday 25 June 2019

New Well-being and Work Hub to Launch at Cwmbran Library

Description:
A brand new Well-being and Work Hub will launch on Friday 28 June at Cwmbran Library from 10am until 1pm.
Friday 21 June 2019

Torfaen Schools Show Racism the Red Card

Torfaen Schools Show Racism the Red Card
Description:
Torfaen Council has signed up with Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) to provide anti-racism workshops in schools across the Borough.
Friday 14 June 2019

Jam-packed Summer Fun with Torfaen Youth Service

Jam-packed Summer Fun with Torfaen Youth Service
Description:
Following on from last years success, this year Torfaen Youth Service have yet another action packed summers worth of activities and trips for young people in Torfaen to take part in.

Estyn inspection report published for Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw

Description:
A recent inspection conducted by Estyn, Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, on Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw during May 2019, provided an overall judgement on the school's current performance.
Wednesday 5 June 2019

More than 500 children take part in half-term playschemes

More than 500 children take part in half-term playschemes
Description:
During the half term period more than 500 children took part in Torfaen's open access playschemes.
Friday 31 May 2019

Are you ready for Torfaen 10k run this July?

Are you ready for Torfaen 10k run this July?
Description:
This year, the annual Mic Morris Torfaen 10k road race will be taking place on Sunday 14 July, 2019.
Wednesday 29 May 2019

Volunteering leads to job success in the care sector

Volunteering leads to job success in the care sector
Description:
Torfaen Employability and Haford work together to ensure Volunteers find job success in the care sector.
Friday 24 May 2019

Half term fun with Torfaen Play Service

Half term fun with Torfaen Play Service
Description:
Torfaen Play Service will be providing a range of free activities during the half term period.

Torfaen Youth Service and volunteers nominated for national award

Torfaen Youth Service and volunteers nominated for national award
Description:
Torfaen Youth Service has been nominated to attend the Youth Work Excellence Awards in Conwy, Wales on the 28 June 2019.
Wednesday 15 May 2019

Strive for 95+

Strive for 95+
Description:
Torfaen pupils received certificates in the council chamber to celebrate their outstanding attendance in the last academic year.
Friday 3 May 2019

Enhancing safer routes to play

Enhancing safer routes to play
Description:
Local volunteers and Torfaen Play Service are working hard supporting a project that helps improve safer routes around the community.
Thursday 2 May 2019

Ceremony officially opens Penygarn Community Primary School

Ceremony officially opens Penygarn Community Primary School
Description:
Yesterday (Wednesday 1st May) the Welsh Government's Minister for Education Kirsty Williams, officially opened a refurbished and extended Penygarn Community Primary School.
Thursday 4 April 2019

Heddlu Bach 'on the beat' at Nant Celyn Primary

Heddlu Bach 'on the beat' at Nant Celyn Primary
Description:
20 pupils from Nant Celyn Primary are making a positive impact at the school through their roles as Heddlu Bach (mini police).
Wednesday 27 March 2019

Becoming a registered childminder In Torfaen

Becoming a registered childminder In Torfaen
Description:
There are currently 46 registered childminders in Torfaen and there is potential for this to increase.
Friday 8 March 2019

Torfaen Youth Apprenticeship scheme success

Torfaen Youth Apprenticeship scheme success
Description:
18-year-old Thannaya Lewis, 17-year-old Josh Legge, 20-year-old Libby Martin and 17-year-old Carla O Brien are the latest cohort to complete Torfaen Youth Services apprenticeship programme.
Tuesday 5 March 2019

New well-being initiative launched in Torfaen for families

Description:
Torfaen Play Service are working in partnership with Sports Development and Families First to deliver a series of health and well-being sessions to families in Torfaen.
Friday 1 March 2019

Fun in the sun

Fun in the sun
Description:
Over the half term period, Torfaen Play Service provided a wide range of free play related activities for children and young people.
Thursday 21 February 2019

Art centre plans for former school approved

Description:
Plans to transform the former Victoria Primary School building into a community arts centre and base for a children's service collaboration were approved by councillors.
Monday 18 February 2019

Make a difference, volunteer with Torfaen Play Service

Make a difference, volunteer with Torfaen Play Service
Description:
Torfaen Play and Short Break Service is now recruiting new Play Volunteers and Play Helpers for Summer Play schemes in both Torfaen and Monmouthshire.
Tuesday 12 February 2019

Young people encouraged to get creative with 'Grow Wild' funding

Description:
Young people aged 14-25 across the country are being given the chance to apply for £500 to lead a project that celebrates UK native wildflowers and fungi in exciting and engaging ways.
Tuesday 15 January 2019

Your views wanted on proposals to reorganise Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw

Description:
On Monday 14 January, Torfaen Council opened statutory consultation on proposals to extend the age range of pupils at Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw.
Tuesday 8 January 2019

New Torfaen Play sessions prove a success in the New Year

New Torfaen Play sessions prove a success in the New Year
Description:
Torfaen Play Service started 2019 by doing what they do best, offering play and support sessions to children across Torfaen.
Friday 7 December 2018

Celebration of Play Volunteers in Torfaen

Celebration of Play Volunteers in Torfaen
Description:
This week, Torfaen Play Service hosted their annual Volunteer Awards evening to celebrate the work of nearly 200 volunteers this year, delivering community play provision across the borough
Monday 3 December 2018

School improvement recognised but special measures required

School improvement recognised but special measures required
Description:
Today (3rd December), Estyn, Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales published a monitoring report on Cwmbran High School which places the school in special measures
Wednesday 28 November 2018

Torfaen Play Service - Volunteer Awards Ceremony 2018

Torfaen Play Service - Volunteer Awards Ceremony 2018
Description:
On Monday 3 December young people across Torfaen are set to celebrate another successful year supporting community play settings in Torfaen at this years Play Volunteer Awards Ceremony.
Thursday 22 November 2018

Record results for gypsy and traveller children in Torfaen

Record results for gypsy and traveller children in Torfaen
Description:
Record numbers of gypsy and traveller children in Torfaen are gaining new skills and qualifications thanks to the success of the borough's gypsy and traveller service.
Monday 19 November 2018

First sod cut at the Torfaen Learning Zone

Description:
Today, (Monday, November 19) Torfaen Council and Coleg Gwent officially cut the first sod of Torfaen's new post 16 learning centre to mark the beginning of a new era for education in Torfaen.
Thursday 15 November 2018

Crownbridge Primary School pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of WW1

Crownbridge Primary School pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of WW1
Description:
This morning, ex-service men and women from Torfaen joined with pupils and staff from Crownbridge School for a service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Wednesday 14 November 2018

Torfaen gypsy and traveller pupils raise £800 for Poppy Appeal

Torfaen gypsy and traveller pupils raise £800 for Poppy Appeal
Description:
Gypsy and traveller pupils from West Monmouth School raised £800 for the Royal British Legion by designing and selling their own poppies.
Friday 9 November 2018

Dementia Friendly School entertains residents at Ty Gwyn Care Home

Description:
Pupils from Greenmeadow Primary School choir has recently visited Ty Gwyn Care Home in Cwmbran as part of their Dementia Friendly Schools commitment.
Friday 12 October 2018

Youth apprenticeship sets Conor on the right path

Youth apprenticeship sets Conor on the right path
Description:
Torfaen Youth Service works with young people across Torfaen to support them towards a prosperous future as qualified Youth Workers. Conor Smith is the latest apprentice youth worker to take on this.
Thursday 4 October 2018

Play time for Torfaen families

Play time for Torfaen families
Description:
More than 200 families are attending Torfaen Play Service 'Family and Play' sessions across the borough, with six sessions being delivered on a weekly basis.
Tuesday 2 October 2018

Nursery admissions for 2019

Nursery admissions for 2019
Description:
The closing date for the Nursery 2019 admission round is Friday 5 October.
Wednesday 26 September 2018

Penygarn Primary will be closed on 27/09/2018

Description:
Penygarn Primary will be closed to all pupils tomorrow (Thursday) 27th of September.
Friday 21 September 2018

Cwmbran pupils organise first health and happiness conference 'by children, for children'

Cwmbran pupils organise first health and happiness conference 'by children, for children'
Description:
More than 175 children attended the first health and happiness conference organised by children for children at Blenheim Road Primary School on Friday.

Greenmeadow Primary School receives Dementia Friends Award from Alzheimer's Society.

Greenmeadow Primary School receives Dementia Friends Award from Alzheimer's Society.
Description:
More than 200 pupils and staff at Greenmeadow Primary school have completed Alzheimer's Society's awareness training and have become Dementia Friends by learning about dementia and what life is like for people living with condition.
Wednesday 19 September 2018

Funds announced for Welsh language education in Torfaen

Funds announced for Welsh language education in Torfaen
Description:
Today (19.09.18), the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan AM, visited Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw to announce the allocation of capital funds to boost Welsh medium education across Wales.
Tuesday 4 September 2018

Fully funded childcare launches in Torfaen

Fully funded childcare launches in Torfaen
Description:
This week, Torfaen Council in conjunction with Blaenau Gwent Council are rolling out the new Welsh Government Childcare Offer for three and four year olds in Torfaen.
Friday 17 August 2018

Torfaen students celebrate A level achievements

Torfaen students celebrate A level achievements
Description:
In the national performance benchmark of A level A* - E, 98.2% of Torfaen pupils gained grades A* to E which is up from 97.1% last year and nearly 1% above the Welsh average.
Tuesday 7 August 2018

Youth Apprentices set sights on University

Youth Apprentices set sights on University
Description:
Ellis Dalling, 18 from Cwmbran, Olivia Williams, 19 from Pontypool and Lily Skyrme 21 from Blaenavon are the latest cohort to have passed the programme and will be starting a degree course in late September.
Tuesday 31 July 2018

National Playday 2018

Description:
Wednesday 1 August is National Play Day and playscheme sites across Torfaen are celebrating it in style!
Thursday 5 July 2018

St. Alban's Art department to showcase work of GCSE, AS and A-Level pupils at end of year exhibition!

St. Alban's Art department to showcase work of GCSE, AS and A-Level pupils at end of year exhibition!
Description:
The Art department at St. Alban's RC High School is inviting the public to attend an end year exhibition that will showcase the work produced by the school's aspiring young artists.
Wednesday 27 June 2018

Garnteg pupils wow the judges at national business competition

Garnteg pupils wow the judges at national business competition
Description:
Children from Garnteg Primary School are through to the next round of a national competition which aims to find and nurture the most promising young business talent in Wales.
Thursday 21 June 2018

New teaching block opens after fire 

Description:
A special ceremony marks the official opening of a new teaching block at Coed Eva
Tuesday 19 June 2018

Fully funded childcare from September 2018

Fully funded childcare from September 2018
Description:
From September, Torfaen Council will be the latest local authority in Wales to roll out the Welsh Government's Childcare Offer for three and four year olds.
Monday 11 June 2018

Pupils compete at Nant Celyn Primary Football Festival

Pupils compete at Nant Celyn Primary Football Festival
Description:
On Friday Nant Celyn Primary School hosted their annual football tournament at the school which involved ten local schools taking part .
Monday 4 June 2018

Can you name the Torfaen Sixth Form/Post 16 Learning Centre?

Can you name the Torfaen Sixth Form/Post 16 Learning Centre?
Description:
Torfaen Council and Coleg Gwent need your help to choose a name for this new £20 million purpose built learning centre which will be the home of all English Language A Level education in the borough.
Thursday 24 May 2018

Local businesses work with children to create entrepreneurs of the future

Local businesses work with children to create entrepreneurs of the future
Description:
Businesses from across Torfaen are working with school children to help them create their own products as part of the borough's second primary school enterprise week.

Deaf Awareness Week at Nant Celyn Primary

Description:
Pupils at Nant Celyn Primary School Hearing Impairment Resource Base celebrated and championed 'National Deaf Awareness Week' this week.
Friday 4 May 2018

School in need of significant improvement

School in need of significant improvement
Description:
A recent school inspection on Ponthir Church in Wales School by Estyn has provided a judgement against 5 key inspection areas.
Thursday 26 April 2018

Inspectors find school making good progress

Description:
A Torfaen secondary school has been described as having a 'calm and pleasant environment' and showing improvements in quality of teaching, pupil attendance and behaviour following a recent visit by Estyn inspectors.
Tuesday 27 March 2018

Torfaen Adult Community Learning floristry class success

Torfaen Adult Community Learning floristry class success
Description:
Torfaen's floristry students have once again outdone themselves in their efforts to raise money for charity.
Monday 26 March 2018

Adult Community Learning summer 2018 brochure

Description:
Torfaen Adult Community Learning has released the new Summer 2018 brochure.
Friday 9 March 2018

MMR vaccination urged as measles outbreak declared in South East Wales

Description:
Public Health Wales is urging young adults and teenagers to make sure they are protected against measles with two doses of the MMR vaccine as it investigates an outbreak of measles in South East Wales.
Wednesday 20 December 2017

Welsh Government approve 6th form closures

Description:
Today, (20.12.17), Eluned Morgan AM, the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Skills formally approved Torfaen Council's proposals to overhaul post 16 education in the borough with the closure of three English language 6th forms.
Friday 8 December 2017

Festive donation to foodbanks

Festive donation to foodbanks
Description:
Christmas can be a magical time of the year for children and families and this year Nant Celyn Primary School have been focusing on Christmas being a time for giving.
Tuesday 28 November 2017

Torfaen school teachers nominated for awards

Torfaen school teachers nominated for awards
Description:
Three Primary school teachers from Torfaen schools have been nominated for 'Teacher of the year' award for the 2018 Professional Teaching Awards Cymru.

150 shoe boxes collected at West Monmouth School

150 shoe boxes collected at West Monmouth School
Description:
West Monmouth School has held its annual Christmas shoe box appeal again this year, with over 150 boxes collected.
Wednesday 22 November 2017

Young volunteers recognised with prestigious Diana Award

Young volunteers recognised with prestigious Diana Award
Description:
The Blaenavon World Heritage Youth Ambassadors have been recognised with a prestigious Diana Award at a ceremony in Cardiff.
Friday 10 November 2017

Pupils pay tribute in remembering the fallen at West Monmouth School

Pupils pay tribute in remembering the fallen at West Monmouth School
Description:
Pupils and teachers at West Monmouth School have planted 113 ceramic poppies at the school entrance, in honour and remembrance of the 113 service men that attended the school and had lost their lives in the war.
Thursday 9 November 2017

West Monmouth School pupils raise funds for The Royal British Legion

West Monmouth School pupils raise funds for The Royal British Legion
Description:
Torfaen Youth Service has been working closely with West Monmouth School Gypsy and Traveller students, alongside Blaenavon Royal British Legion in order to raise funds through the poppy appeal.
Wednesday 8 November 2017

Professional Teaching Awards Cymru

Description:
People across Wales have until Thursday 30 November to nominate outstanding teachers in Wales for the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru. With three extra categories, there are even more opportunities to celebrate the very best in Welsh education.
Tuesday 31 October 2017

Nant Celyn Primary achieve healthy schools award

Nant Celyn Primary achieve healthy schools award
Description:
Nant Celyn Primary School are celebrating after achieving the highest recognition from Torfaen 'Healthy Schools' scheme by successfully completing Healthy Schools 6 award.
Tuesday 17 October 2017

'Race for Life' at Nant Celyn Primary School

'Race for Life' at Nant Celyn Primary School
Description:
Over 400 children, aged 3 to 11 and staff at Nant Celyn Primary School have been raising money and supporting the Cancer Research 'Race for Life' charity.
Monday 16 October 2017

Premier League Primary Stars!

Premier League Primary Stars!
Description:
Nant Celyn Primary School has been successful in securing new PE equipment through the newly established 'Premier League Primary Stars' school programme.
Tuesday 10 October 2017

Torfaen primary school is the first in Gwent to become Dementia Friendly

Torfaen primary school is the first in Gwent to become Dementia Friendly
Description:
Griffithstown Primary School in Pontypool is the first primary school in Gwent to become Dementia Friendly.
Monday 25 September 2017

New opening date for 6th form centre

New opening date for 6th form centre
Description:
A new opening date has been announced for the proposed 6th form centre in Cwmbran.
Thursday 24 August 2017

Adult Learners celebrate success

Adult Learners celebrate success
Description:
Adult Learners across Torfaen are celebrating today following fantastic results in their GCSE exams and a successful year of learning with Torfaen Adult Community Learning.

Torfaen pupils celebrate GCSE results

Torfaen pupils celebrate GCSE results
Description:
Today, pupils from across Torfaen have been celebrating their GCSE results.
Friday 18 August 2017

A level results in Torfaen

Description:
Students across Torfaen are celebrating their A-level achievements.
Thursday 10 August 2017

Llanyrafon pupils take on the charts

Llanyrafon pupils take on the charts
Description:
Children from Llanyrafon Primary School in Cwmbran are hoping to take on the charts with a music video all about sweeties.
Thursday 27 July 2017

Independent Living Skills awards

Independent Living Skills awards
Description:
Residents with learning disabilities & difficulties that attend Independent Living Skills classes have been awarded.
Friday 21 July 2017

George Street Primary School 'Young promoters' arts award

George Street Primary School 'Young promoters' arts award
Description:
George Street Primary School year 5 pupils have recently showcased all the work they have completed for their Arts Awards.

Garndiffaith Bowls Club open their doors to Garnteg Primary pupils

Garndiffaith Bowls Club open their doors to Garnteg Primary pupils
Description:
Class 7 pupils at Garnteg Primary School have been attending Garndiffaith bowls club each Wednesday for the past 6 weeks and have enjoyed learning all about outdoor bowls
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