26 Nov 2014

The take-up of apprenticeships by learners in Wales needs improving

An Estyn survey of the reasons that discourage learners from applying for apprenticeships shows that 25% of work-based learning providers believe that language and cultural issues can be barriers to taking up apprenticeships, especially for black and minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities.

20 Nov 2014

Learners benefit from shaping their education

Providers of adult and community learning and work-based learning are doing more to involve their learners in shaping the curriculum, resources and facilities, according to an Estyn report published today.

19 Nov 2014

Pupils following at least two GCSEs through Welsh have better Welsh language skills

An Estyn review of ten bilingual schools has found that pupils who follow the highest number of GCSEs through the medium of Welsh in addition to Welsh first language, have the greatest ability to discuss and write in Welsh.

13 Nov 2014

Pupils’ numeracy skills are still weak in around half of schools

In just under half of primary and secondary schools inspected in 2013-2014, pupils develop good or better numeracy skills and in the remaining schools, pupils’ numerical skills are at best average according to a report published today by Estyn.

01 Oct 2014

Effective classroom observation can improve teaching and learning

An Estyn survey has identified how successful and improving primary and secondary schools use classroom observation to improve pupils’ achievement. In schools where classroom observation is effective, leaders have established a positive culture of improvement through self-evaluation and professional learning. In these schools, staff are keen to share practice and they view classroom observation as an entitlement.

25 Sep 2014

Secondary school attendance rises but still needs improvement

Over the past five years, attendance in secondary schools has improved. Despite this improvement, absenteeism is still a concern in nearly a third of secondary schools inspected since 2010. Pupils that are persistently absent now account for a quarter of all absence.

10 Jul 2014

Standards of ICT in secondary schools need improving

Standards of information and communication technology (ICT) as a subject are good or better in around half of the secondary schools visited during this survey according to an Estyn report published today.

27 Jun 2014

Bullying still a concern in Welsh schools

Too many pupils suffer from bullying during their school lives, according to a report published today by Estyn. Education providers have a responsibility to tackle bullying in all forms under the Education Act 2002, and yet the ways in which schools deal with bullying varies widely.

24 Jun 2014

Pupils’ understanding of global issues improves

Pupils in primary and secondary schools now have an age-appropriate understanding of global issues and of sustainability according to a report published today by Estyn. Since a baseline report was published by Estyn in 2006, inspectors found that there has been an improvement in pupils’ understanding of concepts of global citizenship, such as wealth and poverty, health, and choices and decisions.

17 Jun 2014

The majority of 7-14 year-olds achieve good standards in English

Many pupils in primary schools and a majority in secondary schools achieve good standards in English lessons, according to a report published today by Estyn, the education and training inspectorate for Wales. Pupils in English lessons speak clearly during discussions and respond well to a wide variety of texts. However, concerns remain about standards in writing.

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