10 Dec 2013
Although many schools are aware of the importance of improving the standards and wellbeing of disadvantaged pupils, addressing poverty is still not a high enough priority for schools across Wales.
05 Dec 2013
Children in the Foundation Phase make good progress with learning Welsh in Welsh-medium schools and settings
More than four fifths of children aged 3 to 7 years old are making good progress in learning Welsh as a first language in Welsh-medium schools and non-maintained settings, according to a report published today by Estyn. Standards in pupils’ language, literacy and communication skills are similar to those in English-medium schools and settings, and are line with the expected level at that age.
07 Oct 2013
Mathematics is the lowest performing core subject at key stage 4 in Wales and is proportionately the lowest when compared with the rest of the UK, according to an Estyn report published today.
04 Oct 2013
Training courses in construction, planning and the built environment need to get better at meeting the demands of today’s Welsh economy in order to benefit learners and local employers.
17 Sep 2013
Reports published today by the Wales Audit Office and Estyn have found that arrangements for covering teachers’ absence in Welsh schools do not support learners’ progress sufficiently nor provide the best use of resources.
12 Jul 2013
Today, Estyn, the education and training inspectorate for Wales, publishes ’The impact of ICT on pupils learning in primary schools’, the first of two reports on surveys of standards in ICT in primary and secondary schools in Wales examines the impact of ICT on pupils’ learning across the primary school curriculum.
02 Jul 2013
Learners in further education institutions and Welsh for adults centres now play a bigger role in influencing decisions about teaching, about the curriculum and about resources.
20 Jun 2013
Pupils have weak numeracy skills in about two-fifths of primary schools and half of secondary schools that were inspected in 2010-2012, according to Estyn. Whilst a majority of pupils are able to measure and use data, many lack basic number skills and cannot easily recall key number facts such as how to multiply.
18 Jun 2013
More pupils than ever before are taking a GCSE in religious studies and results have risen steadily over the last five years. The number of pupils achieving grades A*-C for the full GCSE is well above the average for other subjects.
11 Jun 2013
The most effective schools in Wales use their five statutory IN-SErvice Training (INSET) days as an integral part of their strategy for staff development. However, Estyn’s report on Statutory INSET in schools found that schools need to focus more on the national priorities for education in Wales. Over the past five years, literacy has received the most attention during INSET and a majority of schools have also included numeracy in their INSET plans. As yet, only a minority of schools have plans to focus on reducing the impact of poverty on attainment in 2012-2013.