Parents for Choice/Rhieni dros Dewis Parents for Choice is a Lobby Group set up by English and Welsh parents in response to recent changes to education policy in Wales ? changes which adversely affect our right to access the language of our choice for our children?s education. We believe in a democratic Wales, with equal rights and equal opportunities for all, irrespective of whichever national language they choose to speak. We support the provision of Welsh-medium education according to parental demand, and also the compulsory teaching of Welsh as a subject. Our concern, however, is that CHOICE of English-medium education is being undermined and gradually withdrawn by recent directives from the Welsh Assembly Government and Local Education Authorities. Under the current Welsh-medium Education Strategy, many ?bi-lingual? and English-medium streams and schools are under threat as Welsh-medium provision is compulsorily increased. Our aim is to ensure a fair and equal choice of language medium in education for all children and parents throughout Wales. Our Objectives: ? A) To campaign for amendments to the Welsh Assembly Government?s Welsh-medium Education Strategy and School Standards Bill (which dictates that all LEAs produce a ?Welsh in Education Strategic Plan?): Together, these policies propose to place schools on a ?Language Continuum?, driving all schools toward more Welsh-medium provision with overall increased use of Welsh, thus undermining fair CHOICE for those seeking English-medium education. The School Standards Bill is due to become law this year. ? B) To campaign for a standardised unbiased assessment of parental demand of language medium in education, giving a clear and fair CHOICE of English-medium and Welsh-medium provision throughout Wales. (This would replace the questionnaire currently used by some LEAs, which merely asks parents if they would like their child to be able to speak more Welsh). ? C) To campaign for greater transparency, clarity and increased public awareness in all language-related education policy ? this includes compelling LEAs and the Welsh Assembly Government to inform all parents of any proposed changes to policy and raise awareness of all Consultations on such policy (preferably via the media). If you support these objectives, all you have to do is pledge your support by emailing your name (or surname), county of residence and any comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not have to be a parent and your name will be added to our petitions. The more support we can demonstrate to Welsh Ministers, the more likely we are to succeed. So, spread the word, and help us protect our children?s education.