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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education: The Evaluation and Improvement Arrangements
  4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services: The Autism Updated Delivery Plan and Autism Code of Practice
  5. Statement by the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport: Priorities for the Historic Environment of Wales

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

    That brings proceedings in the Siambr to a close.

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow for the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee.

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  2. 'Avoid embarassment' such as Iron Ring sculpture

    Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd expresses concern about post-Brexit funding.

    He also refers to the need to "avoid embarassment" such as the controversial Iron Ring sculpture that could be seen as celebrating the suppression of Welsh uprisings - the plans to create an iron ring sculpture at Flint Castle were described as "insulting to Wales" when they were announced but have now been scrapped.

    Dai Lloyd
  3. 'I do commend the document'

    Conservative David Melding says, "I do commend the document...and your commitment to partnership working".

    He points out that the UK government has a specific digital cultural project and stresses its use in allowing people to have a virtual experience before visiting in person.

    David Melding
  4. 'Our outstanding heritage to be positioned at the centre of our future well-being'

    Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas unveils a "new vision", Priorities for the Historic Environment of Wales setting out "how Wales’ historic sites can make a contribution which extends beyond their value to society and to our knowledge of the past".

    He tells AMs, “We now have a real opportunity for our outstanding heritage to be positioned at the centre of our future well-being.

    "Heritage contributes so much to so many of our goals: a healthy and active lifestyle, our economic vitality, opportunities for lifelong learning and skills and a sustainable environment.

    "The historic environment is at the heart of our sense of pride as a nation – let’s now unlock its potential to form the backbone of local economies, both rural and urban.”

  5. Statement by the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport

    The next statement by the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport Lord Elis-Thomas: "Priorities for the Historic Environment of Wales".

    The Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 received Royal Assent and became law on 21 March 2016. It is the first legislation enacted specifically for the Welsh historic environment.

    Lord Elis-Thomas
  6. 'Legislation is not in itself a panacea'

    UKIP's Gareth Bennett tells Vaughan Gething, "I do agree with you on one thing, that legislation is not in itself a panacea".

  7. 'Families of people with ASD feel need for specific legislation'

    Referring to Paul Davies AM's proposed Autism (Wales) Bill, Vaughan Gething says "the Bill is not the right answer to improve services for people, in the context of the range of service developments that are, or will be put in place, In the context of all the actions I have set out today the potential legislation being discussed in the Assembly will not provide us with new tools to improve services."

    Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth says the "vast majority of the families of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) feel the need for specific legislation on autism".

    Rhun ap Iorwerth
  8. 'Should have services available'

    Conservative Mark Isherwood refers to the Cabinet Secretary's statement that the "autism code of practice will set out how local authorities, health boards and partners should have services available".

    He asks "what use is 'should' which never delivers anything"?

    Mark Isherwood
  9. 'Daily struggle to access support'

    Vaughan Gething says he is "acutely aware that many autistic people and their families still face a daily struggle to access the support that they need".

    Vaughan Gething
  10. Autistic Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan

    In 2016, the Welsh Government published a new Autistic Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan, with £13m investment in new integrated autism services across Wales.

    The first annual report on the delivery of the Action Plan was published in June.

    It says achievements include improving services, improving waiting times for assessment, and raising awareness.

  11. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services

    We move on to a Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething: "The Autism Updated Delivery Plan and Autism Code of Practice".

    Autism
  12. 'Exercise in self-promotion'

    UKIP's Michelle Brown expresses concern that the self-evaluation of schools and consortia will "end up being an exercise in self-promotion".

    Michelle Brown
  13. Plaid Cymru 'has long called for a system of self improvement'

    Llyr Gruffydd says Plaid Cymru supports the policy direction because the party "has long called for a system of self improvement, where the profession is responsible for its own standards".

    Llyr Gruffydd
  14. Comparing findings on improvement or failure

    Conservative Suzy Davies challenges "the assertion that comparisons in standards couldn't be made year-on-year".

    She seeks assurance that "the change in the system won't make it difficult for us to compare findings on improvement or failure".

    Suzy Davies
  15. 'Identify areas of success and failure'

    Kirsty Williams says "the main purpose of our approach to self-evaluation is to identify areas of success and failure, where good practice can be shared and, importantly, where failure can be urgently addressed".

    She adds, "In terms of the visibility of this information, the outcome of self-evaluation and validation will feature in a three-year School Development Plan. It is our intention that all schools will publish a summary of its school development plan in order to share information with its parents and wider community."

  16. 'Compare favourably with other systems in the UK and wider OECD member states'

    A year ago Kirsty Williams appointed Professor Harvey Weingarten to undertake a "Review of Systems for Monitoring and Improving the Effectiveness of Post-compulsory Education in Wales".

    She said at the time that "Professor Weingarten’s Review will contribute to the development of systems for monitoring and supporting the post-compulsory education system in Wales so that they compare favourably with other systems in the UK and wider OECD member states within the next 10 years".

  17. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education

    The first statement of the day is by the Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams: "The Evaluation and Improvement Arrangements".

    Kirsty Williams
  18. Business Statement and Announcement

    The next item is the Business Statement and Announcement.

    Leader of the House Julie James outlines the Assembly's future business and responds to requests from AMs.

    Julie James
  19. 'If there is an impasse, the people have to decide'

    "There has to come a point that if there is an impasse, the people have to decide," the first minister says.