The Merthyr Tydfil 14-19 Network was established in 2003 with the aim of widening the academic and vocational curriculum choices available to learners, whilst ensuring they have appropriate support and guidance to choose the most suitable learning pathway available to them. This Welsh Government agenda is set out in the Learning and Skills (Wales) Measure 2009.
In order to meet the Learning and Skills Measure, all high schools in Merthyr Tydfil must offer as part of the local curriculum a choice of 25 level 2 courses in Years 10 and 11.
This wider range of options has been achieved through partnership working between the local high schools, special school and other local learning providers such as Merthyr Tydfil College, the Transition Into Employment, Aberfan and Merthyr Vale Youth and Community project, MPCT Skills Academy and Bryn Bach Parc.
All partners work together to ensure that the best possible choice and quality of provision and offer a range of Level 1 vocational courses to Year 10 and 11 learners in Merthyr Tydfil.
All of the collaborative courses on offer can be viewed in the Merthyr Tydfil Pre 16 Course Prospectus.
In order to ensure that pupils are on an appropriate course and that their support needs are met, regular sharing of pupil information takes pace and this is covered by an information sharing protocol.
The 14-19 Network Team within the Local Authority is responsible for co-ordinating the pre 16 collaborative course provision, working closely with the schools and other learning providers to track learner progress and ensure that suitable support mechanisms are in place. The team also works with the schools and the College Merthyr Tydfil to develop transition arrangements and has supported schools to collaboratively resource and roll out the new Welsh Baccalaureate qualification for September 2015.