Education & Learning

Thursday 23 May 2024

New campaign to help over 60s live long and prosper

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Thrive - Live Long and Prosper is a new wellness campaign fronted by Torfaen Sports Development which aims to energise residents aged 60 years and above, to stay healthy and active in older age.

School debates over school holidays

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School debates over school holidays
Wednesday 22 May 2024

Multiply your maths skills

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A programme that has helped more than 300 people to improve their numeracy confidence celebrates its first anniversary this National Numeracy Day.

Welsh medium school award is UK first

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As well as the 3Rs - reading, writing and arithmetic - pupils at a primary school in Pontypool have been learning a 4th - reasoned thinking.
Monday 13 May 2024

Inspectors praise school's attendance initiative

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Estyn inspectors have praised a secondary school for its attendance reward scheme, which has reduced persistent absenteeism.
Wednesday 1 May 2024

Debate team wins inaugural competition

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Debate team wins inaugural competition
Tuesday 30 April 2024

Fly-tipping poster competition

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Primary school pupils are being asked to help in the battle against litter and fly-tipping by designing a poster.
Monday 29 April 2024

Dementia friendly sports programme

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An innovative sports programme is supporting dementia sufferers to relive their favourite sports and help them live happier and more active lifestyles.
Tuesday 23 April 2024

New play provision unveiled for families

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A new play facility to support parents and children under the age of eleven has been opened today at Pontypool Civic Centre.
Friday 19 April 2024

Grant that seeks to unite cultures and celebrate diversity opens

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A grant aimed at funding projects that help bring communities together, has opened.

Inspectors praise inclusive school

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Inspectors praise inclusive school
Friday 12 April 2024

Get ready for the Mic Morris Torfaen 10K

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Hundreds of runners are gearing up for this year's Mic Morris Torfaen 10K.
Tuesday 9 April 2024

Easter fun with Torfaen Play

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Over 1,000 children have taken part in a fun-filled Easter half term break, thanks to Torfaen Council's Play Service.
Tuesday 26 March 2024

Schools Rugby Sevens Success

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Last week, Croesyceiliog hosted their first regional schools' rugby sevens tournament
Thursday 21 March 2024

Pupil wins cash for new car

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A pupil has successfully applied for funding to purchase a new car for his school...
Monday 18 March 2024

Lights, camera, attendance!

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Pupils from Coed Eva Primary School, in Cwmbran, and Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw, in Pontypool, have taken part in a new film encouraging families to avoid taking holidays during term-time.
Friday 15 March 2024

Survey success for schools

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More than 80 per cent of Torfaen primary schools have taken part in a recent active travel survey – the highest number across Wales...
Friday 8 March 2024

Gold for sibling sports stars

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Olivia and Myles Taylor, a sister and brother duo from Pontypool, have been making waves in the world of Brazilian Jujitsu, thanks to the support of the Torfaen Mic Morris Trust.
Friday 1 March 2024

School cuts persistent absenteeism

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A secondary school in Pontypool has seen a significant reduction in persistent absenteeism thanks to an innovative attendance reward scheme.
Thursday 29 February 2024

Like mother, like daughter

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A new-type of fitness class aimed at mothers and daughters has helped one woman to overcome her back and leg pain.
Tuesday 27 February 2024

Prosecution for persistent absenteeism

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A parent has been fined by a magistrate for failing to ensure their children regularly attend school.
Friday 23 February 2024

School comes back firing to take the win

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A team of pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw has put themselves in pole position in an F1 competition for schools.
Thursday 22 February 2024

Work on new 3G pitch kicks off

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Construction work has begun on a new all-weather 3G pitch at Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw.
Wednesday 21 February 2024

New Maendy Primary school approved

New Maendy Primary school approved
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Torfaen's Cabinet committee have approved the replacement and expansion of Maendy Primary School by awarding a £14 million construction contract to Morgan Sindall
Tuesday 20 February 2024

Play volunteers celebrated

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More than 180 volunteers have been celebrated at this year's Play Service Volunteering Awards ceremony for enriching the lives of children in communities across Torfaen.
Friday 16 February 2024

Hundreds take part in half term fun

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More than 700 children have taken part in a fun-filled week of play this half term, thanks to Torfaen Play Service.
Friday 9 February 2024

Dad's the way to do it!

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A father of two and successful entrepreneur has shared how a parenting programme has transformed his approach to fatherhood and improved his well-being.
Thursday 8 February 2024

Pupil committee holds meeting in council chamber

Pupil committee holds meeting in council chamber
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Pupils got the chance to use Torfaen Council's chamber to hold their own council meeting this week. Fifteen members of Croesyceiliog School's senedd group got the chance to speak to the Leader, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Skills and Regeneration before holding their own meeting.
Wednesday 7 February 2024

New headteachers start school

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It was a new term and a new start for three new headteachers who have joined schools in the borough.
Thursday 1 February 2024

New Welsh medium childcare centre opens

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A new Welsh medium childcare centre in Pontypool was officially opened by Torfaen Council Leader Cllr Anthony Hunt today.

New childcare course is first in Wales

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Cwmbran High School has become the first school in Wales to take part in a pilot project to offer a childcare course to pupils at secondary school.
Wednesday 24 January 2024

Inspectors highlight improvement for learners

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During January, Estyn inspectors visited Torfaen Council to conduct a monitoring visit as a follow up to the core inspection which took place in March 2022
Tuesday 23 January 2024

Gardening project Inspires young people

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A new food growing project that aims to support young people to progress in and into education; employment and training, has been launched by the Torfaen Council's Inspire Project.
Friday 12 January 2024

Pupils appeal to businesses to help with prom plans

Pupils appeal to businesses to help with prom plans
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Pupils appeal to businesses to help with prom plans
Wednesday 10 January 2024

New Year fun

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More than 130 children took part in a series of play and activity camps at Cwmbran Stadium last week, organised by Torfaen Play Service.
Friday 22 December 2023

Revamped assemblies help improve attendance.

Revamped assemblies help improve attendance.
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A primary school in Torfaen has experienced a healthy boost in attendance rates following the implementation of a new and engaging approach to Friday morning assemblies.
Thursday 21 December 2023

Catering team serves up festive feasts

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If you're cooking Christmas lunch this year, spare a thought for Torfaen Council's schools catering service which has served up more than 7,000 turkey dinners this month!
Friday 15 December 2023

School library visits boost class attendance

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A primary school class has seen an improvement in pupil attendance since they started visiting their local library for reading sessions.
Thursday 14 December 2023

School achieves human rights award

School achieves human rights award
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New Inn Primary School has been awarded the highly acclaimed Gold Rights Respecting School Award by UNICEF UK.

Record Christmas card competition

Record Christmas card competition
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An annual Christmas card competition run by Torfaen Play Service and two community councils has received a record 500 entries.
Friday 8 December 2023

Solar powered schools

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Solar panels have been installed in 14 schools across the borough saving hundreds of thousands of pounds in electricity...
Thursday 7 December 2023

Pupils shape school values

Pupils shape school values
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Pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw have told councillors how they are helping to shape their school's core values
Wednesday 6 December 2023

Pupils win healthy cooking lessons

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The winners of Torfaen Catering Service's Waste Warriors competition have enjoyed learning how cook healthy food and help reduce food waste.
Friday 1 December 2023

School sees big increase in attendance

School sees big increase in attendance
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A secondary school has seen a remarkable increase in attendance rates thanks to the range of support it offers pupils struggling to go to school.

New mandatory course for tattooists and beauticians

New mandatory course for tattooists and beauticians
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Starting from next year, all professionals who offer body art and acupuncture services in Wales will need to obtain a mandatory licence to operate.
Wednesday 29 November 2023

School is at heart of community

School is at heart of community
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A primary school in Torfaen has won an award for its outstanding work with families and the local community.
Tuesday 28 November 2023

Torfaen school receives beaming report.

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A Welsh medium primary school in Pontypool has received an exceptional report from Estyn inspectors this week.
Friday 17 November 2023

School catering team win national award

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The team in charge of school catering in Torfaen has won another two national industry awards...

Hearing-impaired experiences put on display

Hearing-impaired experiences put on display
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A mural designed by pupils at Cwmbran High School's hearing-impaired unit has been unveiled at the school
Thursday 2 November 2023

Young people in care celebrated

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A conference has been held to celebrate the achievements of young people who have experienced the care system in Torfaen.
Friday 20 October 2023

Centre puts young Welsh learners on right path

Centre puts young Welsh learners on right path
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Since opening its doors earlier this year, Torfaen's Welsh immersion centre has seen 18 pupils supported to learn the Welsh language in order to transition from English to Welsh mainstream education.

Schools launch national recycling campaign

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Pupils and staff from two primary schools in Cwmbran have helped launch the Welsh Government's annual Be Mighty Recycle campaign.
Friday 13 October 2023

Summer Reading Challenge winners announced

Summer Reading Challenge winners announced
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Torfaen Libraries have announced the winners of their 'Ready, Set, Read!' Summer Reading Challenge, that saw more than 1000 children take part this summer.
Friday 22 September 2023

Libraries are just the trick

Libraries are just the trick
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The number of people using libraries in Torfaen Library Service increased this summer compared to last year.

Healthy school award

Healthy school award
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A primary school in Pontypool has become the latest to receive the Healthy Schools National Quality Award.
Monday 18 September 2023

School podcast nominated for award

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A school podcast featuring Welsh celebrities has been nominated for an award.
Friday 15 September 2023

Team cleans up at awards

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The Torfaen School Cleaning Team have been crowned winners of a national award at a ceremony this week...

Unlock your potential this Adult Learners Week

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To celebrate Adult Learners Week 2023, Torfaen Adult Community Learning has announced an exciting line-up of free taster sessions at all their centres.
Thursday 14 September 2023

Are you considering a Welsh medium education for your children?

Are you considering a Welsh medium education for your children?
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Next week, the team who supports early years education in Torfaen is holding a Welsh Medium Showcase at the Congress Theatre to help parents understand the options available.

School Kitchens refurbished for school return

School Kitchens refurbished for school return
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Catering facilities in a number of Torfaen primary schools have been upgraded this summer, thanks to a £1.7 million investment from Welsh Government as part of their Universal Free School Meals rollout.
Wednesday 13 September 2023

School celebrates milestone anniversary

School celebrates milestone anniversary
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Celebrations are being arranged to mark the anniversary of one of Torfaen's oldest comprehensive schools.
Friday 8 September 2023

Pupils return to new-look school

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More than a thousand students returned to a new-look Cwmbran High School this week.

Young gardening enthusiasts reap rewards

Young gardening enthusiasts reap rewards
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A group of young individuals have reaped the rewards of their gardening prowess by winning an agricultural award, after taking part in Torfaen Council's 'Inspire To Grow' initiative.

Statement on Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC)

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The council are treating this as a priority and have already completed an initial review of our education premises to establish sites where RAAC may have potentially been used
Tuesday 5 September 2023

Volunteers sought to help schools flourish

Volunteers sought to help schools flourish
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Volunteers are being sought to help schools in Torfaen flourish by becoming school governors.
Friday 25 August 2023

GCSE success for adult learners

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It wasn't just school pupils celebrating GCSE success this week - more than 50 adult learners also collected their results.
Thursday 24 August 2023

Pupils celebrate GCSE success

Pupils celebrate GCSE success
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Thousands of Year 10 and Year 11 pupils collected their exam results today

Play Service gives hundreds of food boxes

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Families of children who attended Torfaen Council's Food and Fun camps this summer have been given food boxes containing a range of essential items.
Thursday 17 August 2023

Gwynllyw students get first choice

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A-Level students at Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw are celebrating after they all secured places at their preferred universities.
Friday 11 August 2023

More children to benefit from Free School Meals

More children to benefit from Free School Meals
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From September, more than 4,000 junior school pupils in Torfaen will be able to receive a Universal Primary Free School Meal.

Community Cohesion Grant opens

Community Cohesion Grant opens
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A grant aimed at funding projects that brings communities together, has opened.
Thursday 27 July 2023

New brochure offers a world of learning opportunities

New brochure offers a world of learning opportunities
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Torfaen Adult Community Learning has just launched their new 2023/24 brochure, with more than 100 courses to choose from.

Increases in average school attendance rates

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Average attendance rates at primary and secondary schools in the borough have improved over the past academic year, according to provisional data.

Cost of living Summer Holiday Payment

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Parents and carers of pupils who qualify for Free School Meals will automatically receive a payment of £50 per child from next week.
Friday 21 July 2023

School celebrates attendance achievement

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A primary school has seen a significant reduction in the number of pupils classed as persistently absent.
Thursday 20 July 2023

Secondary school praised for supporting education and wellbeing

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A secondary school has been praised for creating a caring and inclusive environment that supports pupils' education and wellbeing.
Tuesday 18 July 2023

Summer Fun with Torfaen Play

Summer Fun with Torfaen Play
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Hundreds of playworkers and volunteers are gearing up for an action-packed programme of fun for children over the summer holidays.
Friday 7 July 2023

Pupils call for cleaner air

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More than 100 pupils from a school in Cwmbran have campaigned to the Senedd to introduce a Clean Air Bill in Wales.
Wednesday 5 July 2023

First pupils graduate from Carreg Lam

First pupils graduate from Carreg Lam
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Today, the first set of pupils from Torfaen's newly established Welsh Language Immersion Unit – Carreg Lam, have graduated

Estyn inspectors highlight improvements in leadership

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During June, Estyn inspectors visited Torfaen council to conduct a 'pilot' monitoring visit as a follow up to the core inspection which took place in March 2022
Thursday 29 June 2023

Hundreds celebrate Youth Work Week

Hundreds celebrate Youth Work Week
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More than 500 young people have taken part in a fun-filled week of activities, as part of National Youth Work Week.

Adult Community Learning Open Day

Adult Community Learning Open Day
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Looking to start a career in health and social care or education?
Tuesday 27 June 2023

Award gifted to Paralympian

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The head of a service that supports visually impaired children with their education across Gwent has won a national award.
Friday 23 June 2023

Torfaen Summer Fun Fest

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Thousands of children and young people from across Torfaen are in for an action-packed summer holiday period, filled with lots of exciting activities, events, and trips.

Pupils race to finals of F1 competition

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Pupils from a school in Pontypool will represent Wales at the finals of a UK competition to design and drive a model Formula One racing car.

Schools catering team nominated for innovation award

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Around one third of all food produced for human consumption contributes to around eight per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions...
Thursday 22 June 2023

Summer Reading Challenge 2023

Summer Reading Challenge 2023
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The Summer Reading Challenge - 'Ready, Set, Read!' - kicks off this July in Torfaen libraries!
Tuesday 20 June 2023

Pupils help rebrand school

Pupils help rebrand school
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Pupils at a secondary school in Cwmbran have devised a new motto and badge for their school.
Friday 16 June 2023

Torfaen high school embraces Big Green Week

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Pupils at a school in Pontypool have turned their school green as part of Great Big Green Week this week...

A thrifty return to school

A thrifty return to school
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With just weeks to go until the end of the school year, parents may already be concerned about the cost of buying new school uniform for the autumn return.
Thursday 15 June 2023

Schools innovative approach to reduce unauthorised absences

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A school in Torfaen has seen an increase in attendance, thanks to an innovative approach to education.
Friday 9 June 2023

Caring school praised by inspectors

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Staff at a primary school in Cwmbran have been praised for putting pupils' well-being at the heart of the school.
Wednesday 7 June 2023

New Welsh medium childcare setting opens

New Welsh medium childcare setting opens
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Torfaen Council is pleased to announce the opening of a new Welsh medium childcare setting in Pontypool.
Tuesday 6 June 2023

Fun in the half term sun

Fun in the half term sun
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More than 900 children have taken part in a fun-filled week of play this half term, thanks to Torfaen Play Service.
Friday 26 May 2023

Childcare support reaches more families

Childcare support reaches more families
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A significant expansion of childcare provision in Torfaen is set to benefit more families, as more Flying Start areas are introduced across the borough.
Thursday 25 May 2023

New floodlit pitch for the north of Torfaen

New floodlit pitch for the north of Torfaen
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A scheme to build a new floodlit all-weather community sports pitch for north of the borough has been given the green light
Friday 19 May 2023

Glowing Estyn report for primary school

Glowing Estyn report for primary school
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A primary school in Cwmbran has received an exceptional report from Estyn inspectors.
Thursday 18 May 2023

New route helps pupils walk to school safely

New route helps pupils walk to school safely
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Pupils and parents say a new footpath to Llantarnam Community Primary has transformed their journeys to school.
Wednesday 17 May 2023

Pupils play active role in school

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Staff at Cwmffrwdoer Primary School are offering pupils the chance to join a walking bus this week, as part of #WalktoSchoolWeek.
Monday 15 May 2023

Walk to Nursery Week

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Nurseries and childminders are being encouraged to take part in Torfaen's first-ever Walk to Nursery Week.
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