Education & Learning

Thursday 29 September 2022

Ukrainian Community Day

Description:
More than 30 Ukrainian refugees got the chance to find out about - and experience - some of the different learning opportunities on offer with Torfaen Adult Community Learning.
Friday 23 September 2022

Footpath diversion gets green light

Footpath diversion gets green light
Description:
An alternative public right of way has opened for walkers which now removes the need to walk through the grounds of Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw.
Thursday 25 August 2022

GCSE Success at Torfaen Adult Community Learning

GCSE Success at Torfaen Adult Community Learning
Description:
School pupils aren't the only ones getting their GCSE results today. Adult learners in Torfaen are also finding out if they made the grade
Thursday 18 August 2022

Second Thrifty School Shop event a success

Description:
The second Thrifty School Shop which was held at Pontypool Indoor Market yesterday was a success - people were turning up early to get in!...
Thursday 11 August 2022

For Dad, By Dads

Description:
New and expectant fathers in Torfaen can sign up to a new programme which aims to support dads on their new journey of parenthood.
Thursday 21 July 2022

Free school meals to reach more pupils than ever

Description:
From September, free school meals will be available to any full-time nursery pupils, and pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in local authority maintained schools across Torfaen, thanks to Welsh Government funding...
Wednesday 13 July 2022

Summer of Fun

Summer of Fun
Description:
Thousands of children and young people in Torfaen have the chance to take part in a series of action-packed activities and events this summer, and best of all, it's free.
Thursday 23 June 2022

Youth Service strikes gold

Description:
Torfaen's Youth Service has been awarded a Gold Quality Mark following a recent Welsh Government inspection.
Friday 17 June 2022

Re-Start a Heart

Re-Start a Heart
Description:
Do you want to learn a new skill that could save someone's life?
Thursday 16 June 2022

A thrifty return to school

Description:
With just weeks to go until the end of the academic year, are you already concerned about the cost of buying new school uniform for September?
Tuesday 7 June 2022

Author marks Tourette Awareness Day

Author marks Tourette Awareness Day
Description:
'I can't make it stop' is helping to educate on Tourette's Awareness Day
Wednesday 18 May 2022

Estyn inspection report highlights areas for improvement

Estyn inspection report highlights areas for improvement
Description:
A recent inspection conducted by Estyn, Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, on the council's education service during March 2022, provided an overall judgement on the service's current performance
Friday 13 May 2022

Play in the park

Play in the park
Description:
Torfaen Play Service 'Play in the Park' sessions have returned this spring, bringing families together to engage in play outdoors.
Thursday 31 March 2022

School catering teams nominated for national awards

Description:
School catering teams in Torfaen have been nominated for two awards at the Public Sector Catering Awards which take place next week...
Friday 11 March 2022

DJ project opens up opportunities

Description:
Over 50 young people are learning new skills thanks to a new radio DJ initiative in Torfaen.
Friday 4 March 2022

Play Service scoops prestigious award

Play Service scoops prestigious award
Description:
Playworkers for Torfaen Council have won a top national award for their work during the pandemic.
Wednesday 2 March 2022

Young Ambassadors get Royal seal of approval

Description:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Blaenavon on Tuesday as part of a one-day tour to South Wales to mark St David's Day.
Tuesday 1 March 2022

Youth voluntary programme celebrates 20 years

Youth voluntary programme celebrates 20 years
Description:
Volunteers with Torfaen Council's Play Service have been thanked at a special awards ceremony.
Friday 4 February 2022

Safer routes to school

Description:
A new road crossing is to be installed near a primary school in Cwmbran as part of the Safer Routes in Communities initiative.
Monday 17 January 2022

Getting new skills is child's play

Getting new skills is child's play
Description:
Learning new skills and gaining valuable work experience is child's play, thanks to Torfaen Play Service.
Thursday 6 January 2022

For Dads, By Dads

For Dads, By Dads
Description:
A new and exciting support programme for dads is set to launch in Torfaen this month.
Wednesday 5 January 2022

Message to parents from Torfaen Education Service

Description:
Over the Christmas period, there have been a number of Welsh Government decisions which will impact all schools in Wales and your child's headteacher will be in touch to explain how they will affect you
Friday 17 December 2021

Delayed start to the new school term

Description:
Due to the potential impact of the Covid-19 Omicron variant over the next few weeks, the Welsh Government have instructed every school in Wales to open 2 days later in the new term to prepare for potential disruption to learning and teaching
Thursday 16 December 2021

Hampers delivered just in time for Christmas

Hampers delivered just in time for Christmas
Description:
Fifty Christmas hampers will be delivered to young people in need and their families across Torfaen this week.
Wednesday 1 December 2021

Once upon a Christmas sprout

Once upon a Christmas sprout
Description:
A Christmas sprout hunt is being organised for families with pre-school children in Torfaen.
Thursday 25 November 2021

Croesyceiliog School removed from special measures

Description:
Following a recent monitoring inspection visit, Croesyceiliog School has been removed from special measures
Thursday 18 November 2021

Primary school children get energy savvy

Description:
Primary school children in Torfaen have been getting energy savvy as part of Switch Off Fortnight which ends on Sunday 21st November...
Friday 12 November 2021

George Street Primary School triumphant in EFL kids cup

George Street Primary School triumphant in EFL kids cup
Description:
Close to 100 children from schools across Torfaen have taken part in the Torfaen qualifier for the English Football League Trust (EFLT) Utilita Kids cup at Cwmbran Stadium.
Thursday 28 October 2021

Half term fun at Play and Wellbeing camps

Half term fun at Play and Wellbeing camps
Description:
More than 450 children have attended Torfaen's Play and Wellbeing Camps this October Half Term
Friday 22 October 2021

Students are stars of the show

Description:
Students, local politicians, representatives of the council and Coleg Gwent have marked the official opening of Torfaen Learning Zone.
Tuesday 19 October 2021

New college official launch

Description:
A new £24m centre for all post-16 education in Torfaen will be officially opened this week.
Friday 8 October 2021

School system and payment update week ending 8 October

Description:
The project team continue to work with Civica to resolve the on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System, and the Civica Pay Education parent portal...
Friday 1 October 2021

Help shape the future of childcare

Help shape the future of childcare
Description:
A survey about the future provision of childcare services in Torfaen.has gone live today.

School payment system update week ending 01 October

Description:
The project team continue to work unwaveringly with Civica to resolve the on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System, and the Civica Pay Education parent portal. Progress is being made and this update outlines both resolutions and issues still ongoing...
Friday 24 September 2021

School payments system update week ending 24 September

Description:
The project team continue to work with Civica to resolve the on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System, and the Civica Pay Education parent portal. Progress is being made and this update outlines both resolutions and issues still ongoing...
Friday 17 September 2021

It's Time to Deliver for Young People in Wales

It's Time to Deliver for Young People in Wales
Description:
A report published today by The Interim Youth Work Board for Wales sets out recommendations identifying practical and achievable ways of creating a sustainable model for both the governance and delivery of youth work services in Wales.

School payment system update week ending 17 September

Description:
The Project Team are working determinedly with Civica Pay to resolve the on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System and the Civica Pay Education Payment Portal, which continue to affect some schools and parents/carers.
Tuesday 14 September 2021

Torfaen County Borough Council to save millions thanks to energy upgrades

Description:
Torfaen council is on track to save millions of pounds and significantly reduce its carbon footprint and impact on climate change after investing in over 45 energy efficiency upgrades across the borough...
Friday 10 September 2021

School payment systems update

Description:
There are a number of on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System and the Civica Pay Education Payment Portal which are affecting some schools, and in turn parents and carers accounts...
Tuesday 7 September 2021

Summer fun down at the farm

Summer fun down at the farm
Description:
It's been a busy summer at Greenmeadow Community Farm, which has welcomed more than 17,000 visitors - and 40 rare breed piglets - since it reopened at the end of May.
Tuesday 24 August 2021

Play camps are a summer-time success

Description:
Nearly two thousand children have attended camps run by Torfaen Council's Play Service this summer.
Wednesday 18 August 2021

New online learning platform goes live

Description:
It's well documented that learning on the go is increasingly becoming more common place, so to keep up with the pace of change, Torfaen Adult Community Learning have just launched a new 'learn on-the-go' online training platform.
Sunday 15 August 2021

Adult learners celebrating exam success

Description:
Students across Torfaen are celebrating after another set of great A Level and GCSE results, following another difficult year.
Friday 13 August 2021

Play is in for summer

Play is in for summer
Description:
More than 200 children and young people have been enjoying their summer holidays thanks to Torfaen Council's Play Service.
Friday 6 August 2021

Autumn Adult Community Learning Brochure is out now!

Autumn Adult Community Learning Brochure is out now!
Description:
Have you ever fancied learning how to trace your family history, speaking a different language or retraining for a new career?
Friday 23 July 2021

Wellness project supports people on the path to employment

Wellness project supports people on the path to employment
Description:
More than 300 unemployed people have been supported by a project that focuses on improving mental and physical health.
Friday 16 July 2021

Cashless catering and Education Payment Portal 16.07.21

Description:
Today, Blenheim Primary School will be changing over to the new Cashless Catering and Education Payment Portal....

Subways in Torfaen receive makeover

Subways in Torfaen receive makeover
Description:
Staff and volunteers with Torfaen Play Service are bringing a splash of colour to underground walkways this summer.
Tuesday 13 July 2021

Creative Writing Tutor Wins Poetry Prize

Creative Writing Tutor Wins Poetry Prize
Description:
A poem about a family affected by the death of their son in World War I has won a national poetry competition.
Friday 9 July 2021

Cashless catering and Education Payment Portal update - 9 July 2021

Description:
If you are a carer or parent of children at St Davids, Coed Eva, Cwmffrwdoer, George Street, Henllys Church in Wales, Padro Pio and Ysgol Panteg Primary School, you should have had your registration letter from the school...

Be A Torfaen BetterMan

Be A Torfaen BetterMan
Description:
Following the long running success of Torfaen Sports Development's female only #ifyougoigo programme, it's finally time for the men of Torfaen to step up and take on a similar challenge!
Friday 2 July 2021

Cashless catering and Education Payment Portal update - 2 July 2021

Description:
If you are a carer or parent of children at Garnteg, Croesyceiliog, Maendy, St. Davids and Ysgol Bryn Onnen Primary school, you should have had your registration letter from the school,..
Thursday 1 July 2021

Gregor proves he's a Little Trooper

Gregor proves he's a Little Trooper
Description:
A new club has been set up at New Inn Primary School for pupils whose parents are serving in the armed forces.
Friday 25 June 2021

Cashless catering and Education Payment Portal update - 25 June 2021

Description:
If you are a carer or parent of children at Ponthir, Llanyravon, Woodlands and Our Ladies of the Angels Primary School, you should have had your registration letter from the school...
Friday 18 June 2021

Important message for parents/carers of children at Ponthir, Llanyravon, Woodlands and Our Lady of The Angels Primary School

Description:
The way parents/carers pay for school meals, trips and other items is changing...

School's launch competition to find Torfaen's youngest engineer

School's launch competition to find Torfaen's youngest engineer
Description:
A competition has been launched this week in schools across Torfaen in order to find Torfaen's youngest engineer.

Important message for parents/carers of children at Ponthir, Llanyravon, Woodlands and Our Ladies of the Angels Primary School

Description:
The way parents/carers pay for school meals, trips and other items is changing...

Reminder for parents/carers of children at Pontnewydd Primary School

Description:
By now, you should have had your registration letter from the school, or an email from Civica (donotreply-education@civicapayments.co.uk) about registering for the new Education Payment Portal...
Friday 11 June 2021

Important message for parents/carers of children at Pontnewydd Primary School

Description:
The way parents/carers pay for school meals, trips and other items is changing...
Friday 4 June 2021

Volunteers Help With Half-Term Fun

Volunteers Help With Half-Term Fun
Description:
Playworkers and volunteers have provided play and wellbeing sessions for vulnerable children across Torfaen during the Whitsun holidays.
Wednesday 2 June 2021

Council wants views on Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

Council wants views on Additional Learning Needs (ALN)
Description:
The council's Education Overview and Scrutiny Committee are meeting at 10am on the 9th of June to consider a report on how the council is preparing for changes to the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Act
Wednesday 19 May 2021

Welsh Medium Childcare Development at Ysgol Panteg

Welsh Medium Childcare Development at Ysgol Panteg
Description:
Building works will begin later this month on the Ysgol Panteg primary school site in which a new Welsh Medium childcare provision will be located.
Wednesday 12 May 2021

Students taking Mind Matters into their own hands

Students taking Mind Matters into their own hands
Description:
Coleg Gwent has been offering it's students training to help boost their mental health and wellbeing, and to support their friends as well.
Friday 23 April 2021

Torfaen Youth Service win mock Senedd election

Description:
Five Young People from Torfaen Youth Service have recently taken part in a virtual Mock Senedd Election, competing against other young people political parties from across Wales.
Wednesday 31 March 2021

Youth Service meals

Youth Service meals
Description:
A team of youth workers has been cooking up a treat for vulnerable young people affected by the pandemic
Friday 26 March 2021

Help us shape the Future of the Farm

Help us shape the Future of the Farm
Description:
Today (26/03/2021) Torfaen Council have launched a public consultation to capture views on the future development of Greenmeadow Community Farm.
Tuesday 23 March 2021

Volunteers needed to support Summer Wellbeing Camps

Volunteers needed to support Summer Wellbeing Camps
Description:
Torfaen Play Service are currently looking for volunteers aged 16 years and over to support a number of Play and Wellbeing Camps this summer.
Tuesday 9 March 2021

Free School Meals update

Description:
Free School Meals update
Tuesday 23 February 2021

Farm receives improvements during lockdown

Farm receives improvements during lockdown
Description:
Greenmeadow Community Farm was scheduled to reopen during February 2021, but due to current Welsh Government COVID restrictions on visitor attractions, this is still not possible.
Monday 22 February 2021

One week to go: School grounds and playgrounds across Torfaen to be smoke free from Monday 1st March

Description:
Today marks just one week until new laws are introduced to make more places in Wales smoke-free.
Thursday 18 February 2021

Welsh Government Sustainability Funding for Childcare Providers

Welsh Government Sustainability Funding for Childcare Providers
Description:
Torfaen Council's Early Years team has received an additional £187,000 of funding from the Welsh Government to help the sustainability of registered childcare providers in Torfaen who have been directly impacted by Covid 19.
Friday 12 February 2021

'Talk Tuesday' - a small conversation can make a huge difference

'Talk Tuesday' - a small conversation can make a huge difference
Description:
Torfaen Council's Skills and Employability Team is launching a new 'Talk Tuesday' campaign, which looks to encourage local people to get in touch and talk about matters that's affecting their ambitions to succeed in life.

A phased return to school in Torfaen

Description:
The Welsh Government's Minister for Education has announced that schools will be reopening to children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 after half term from the week commencing the 22nd of February

Cabinet approves plans to expand Crownbridge school.

Cabinet approves plans to expand Crownbridge school.
Description:
This week, Torfaen Council's Cabinet committee approved to invest £6,850,000 in a 50 place extension to Crownbridge School.
Thursday 4 February 2021

We're PROUD to support #LGBTHM21

We're PROUD to support #LGBTHM21
Description:
For LGBT + History Month, the council has teamed up with other #ProudCouncils across South Wales to fly the LGBT+ flag and promote equality and inclusion.
Wednesday 27 January 2021

Greenmeadow Community Farm becomes a test bed for exciting new Crop Cycle project

Greenmeadow Community Farm becomes a test bed for exciting new Crop Cycle project
Description:
Greenmeadow Community Farm have joined three other sites across Wales to take part in a new venture led by Social Farms & Gardens and supported by Welsh Government's Horticulture Cluster group and NutriWales CEA Special Interest Group.
Thursday 21 January 2021

Be 'a light in the darkness' this Holocaust Memorial Day

Be 'a light in the darkness' this Holocaust Memorial Day
Description:
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021 takes place on the 27th of January and the theme for this year is, 'Be the light in the darkness'.
Friday 8 January 2021

Play Service get creative to support children learning from home

Play Service get creative to support children learning from home
Description:
To compliment home learning already taking place with schools, from Monday 11th January Torfaen Play Service will be providing additional resources and activities online for families to take part at home.
Friday 18 December 2020

Statement from Torfaen Council on the return to education in January

Description:
Following discussions with the Welsh Government and the WLGA, the new school term will start on 4th January for supported home learning in all Torfaen schools for the first week
Friday 11 December 2020

A statement on Torfaen schools from the Executive Member for Education

Description:
Secondary schools in Torfaen will move to blended learning for the final week of term. Primary schools will continue teaching in school until Wednesday with blended learning taking place on the last two days of term
Friday 4 December 2020

All-Wales approach agreed to keep schools open in run-up to Christmas

Description:
A common approach has been agreed by the Welsh Government and the WLGA for school arrangements at the end of the Christmas term
Wednesday 2 December 2020

Coed Eva Primary School teacher wins prestigious award

Coed Eva Primary School teacher wins prestigious award
Description:
A teacher at Coed Eva Primary School has just won 'Teacher of the Year' at the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru 2020 which took place on Sunday 29th November.
Friday 20 November 2020

Children get creative remembering the fallen

Children get creative remembering the fallen
Description:
Leading up to Remembrance Sunday, Torfaen schools had the chance to take part in a Remembrance competition.
Tuesday 15 September 2020

Face coverings to be worn in all Adult and Community Learning buildings

Description:
In response to the Covid-19 regulation changes, Torfaen Adult Community Learning has updated it's centre user policy.
Wednesday 9 September 2020

Childcare Hubs a huge success during lockdown

Description:
Over the summer period Torfaen Play, Youth and Sport Development services came together to provide a fun filled and engaging childcare provision for keyworker children and the most vulnerable
Friday 28 August 2020

Communication for schools and parents regarding the wearing of face coverings

Description:
Following the Welsh Government's announcement and publication of the Technical Advisory Group Advice on Face Coverings for Children and Young People (under 18) in Education settings earlier this week, Council and school leaders have been urgently seeking clarification at a local and national level regarding key aspects of the guidance around the wearing of face coverings...
Tuesday 25 August 2020

Nursery Admission 2021

Description:
Nursery admissions 2021 for pupils born between 1/09/2017 and 31/08/2018
Friday 21 August 2020

Adult Learners celebrate GCSE results

Description:
Torfaen Council's Adult Community Learning service are celebrating this year's GCSE results and the amazing achievements of post 16 adult learners.

Making school transport safe

Description:
During this time of uncertainty, we know that parents and carers have many questions about how their children can return to school safely using council provided school transport.
Thursday 20 August 2020

Learners celebrate GCSE results

Description:
Today, pupils across Torfaen have been picking up their GCSE results, which will set them on the pathway to further education, training or employment
Tuesday 18 August 2020

Childcare Offer re-opens

Description:
The Childcare Offer for Wales has re-opened to eligible families. Applications for parents eligible for the Offer from April 2020 can apply now. Once approved, eligible parents will be able to access the Offer from the start of the autumn term in their local authority, providing they still meet the criterion.
Friday 14 August 2020

Learners celebrate A-level results

Description:
This week, Torfaen's Year 12 and Year 13 learners have been celebrating their examination results, which sets them on the path to an exciting future.

Community Farm to re-open in February

Community Farm to re-open in February
Description:
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Greenmeadow Community Farm which closed its gates on March 23 following guidance from the Welsh Government, will re-open in February 2021.
Monday 10 August 2020

National Play Day 2020 success

Description:
Despite the ongoing pandemic, this year's Torfaen Play Service National Play Day campaign was a huge success.
Thursday 30 July 2020

Free play equipment on National Play Day 2020

Free play equipment on National Play Day 2020
Description:
Torfaen council's play service is encouraging families to celebrate and join in the fun on National Play Day

Achieve, create and learn with Adult Community Learning

Achieve, create and learn with Adult Community Learning
Description:
Torfaen Council's Adult Community Learning team have delivered the new Autumn Term 2020 brochure to every household in Torfaen offering a wide range of learning opportunities
Thursday 9 July 2020

Schools to reopen to all pupils from September

Description:
Torfaen has today welcomed plans by the Education Minister to allow schools that can do so, to safely reopen from the first week of September, with all schools to reopen from September 14.
Wednesday 8 July 2020

Summer Support for Vulnerable and Key Worker Children

Description:
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are today announcing support for vulnerable children and some key worker children that will be put in place for the summer holiday period.
Tuesday 7 July 2020

£4m fund launched to save and rebuild community sport

£4m fund launched to save and rebuild community sport
Description:
Grassroots sports clubs in Torfaen can apply for a new fund to help them survive the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare to restart activities safely.
Friday 19 June 2020

Torfaen Schools reopen

Description:
Following the Education Minister's announcement that schools will reopen on the 29th June, Torfaen Council have been working closely with all schools to make the necessary arrangements for a safe return
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