Education & Learning

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 engagng 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

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.

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.
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
Wednesday 10 June 2020

West Mon School congratulated for help with PPE

West Mon School congratulated for help with PPE
Description:
West Mon School staff have been thanked for assisting with the production of PPE during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wednesday 3 June 2020

School laptops available to digitally excluded learners at home

Description:
Schools across the borough have identified 1400 pupils who are most at risk of becoming digitally excluded whilst staying home during the lockdown period.
Friday 29 May 2020

Play packs delivered to families during lockdown

Play packs delivered to families during lockdown
Description:
More than ever, play is so integral to a child's mental health and well-being during these strange and often difficult times.
Tuesday 5 May 2020

Learning Zone delay possible

Learning Zone delay possible
Description:
Coleg Gwent, Torfaen Council and the contractor Interserve Construction are developing thorough contingency plans should the opening of the Torfaen Learning Zone be delayed due to the ongoing outbreak of Covid-19
Friday 1 May 2020

Adult learners sew their way into the hearts of NHS staff

Description:
Torfaen Adult Community Learning's (ACL) Advanced Sewing learners have been putting their skills to great use in their own homes making scrubs, scrub bags and patient belongings bags for our excellent NHS service.
Friday 17 April 2020

Popular baby & toddler sessions move online

Popular baby & toddler sessions move online
Description:
Greenmeadow Community Farm has today announced that their popular Baby & Toddler activities which normally takes place every Tuesday at the farm, will now be taking place online.
Thursday 16 April 2020

Reception Admissions 2020

Description:
Have you received your child's offer for a place to start in Reception in 2020?
Thursday 9 April 2020

Stay at home and get creative this Easter

Stay at home and get creative this Easter
Description:
As the Easter bank holiday weekend approaches Torfaen Council, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and other partners across Gwent are sharing one simple message – stay home.
Tuesday 7 April 2020

Extended support for pre-school childcare

Description:
From Friday 10th April, the Early Years Childcare Hub at Garnteg Integrated Children's Centre, based at Garnteg Primary School, Garndiffaith, Pontypool will extend its opening hours for key workers and vulnerable children.
Saturday 4 April 2020

School Based Childcare Support on Sunday 5 April 2020

Description:
The council opened its five school based child care provisions for key workers on Saturday 4th April as planned. We had very little demand so are making some important changes in what we originally planned for tomorrow
Friday 3 April 2020

New childcare hub for Key Workers

Description:
From Monday 6 April, an additional Early Years Childcare Hub will be opening for childcare for key workers and vulnerable children, at Garnteg Integrated Children's Centre
Friday 20 March 2020

Torfaen schools supporting national response to Covid-19

Torfaen schools supporting national response to Covid-19
Description:
Following the Welsh Government's decision to close all schools in Wales, the council is making arrangements today to provide extended childcare provision to key workers responding to Covid-19.
Wednesday 18 March 2020

School pupils question Environment Minister about climate change

School pupils question Environment Minister about climate change
Description:
On Monday 09 March, Year 2 pupils from The Federation of Blenheim Road Community & Coed Eva Primary School met Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs...
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
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