The staff will be involved in In-Service training at Ty Dysgu in Nantgarw on Thursday 31st January 2013. This training was arranged by the LA and is part of the Authority's response to the Welsh Government’s National Literacy Strategy. All schools in RCT will undertake this training and I decided that it would be more effective to send the staff on the same training day rather than individuals attending training courses separately. By sending them on this day I have also avoided the necessity to employ visiting teachers to cover the classes for the days they needed to at Ty Dysgu. This would have incurred an additional £1325 to cover the cost of visiting teachers. This will be the fourth of five permitted In-Service training days allocated by welsh Government. Please make alternative childcare arrangements for this day as school will be closed for all pupils.