27 Jan 2015
The performance of education in Wales is showing some signs of improvement, according to the Chief Inspector’s Annual Report 2013-2014, published today. Attendance rates are improving, whilst the proportion of pupils who are persistently absent is declining. The gap in performance between pupils eligible for free school meals and other pupils is narrowing slightly and the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training declined this year.
13 Jan 2015
Although provision for the development of literacy in key stage 3 remains adequate overall, there has been some progress in implementing the Literacy and Numeracy Framework. Most teachers have an improved awareness of the need to develop pupils’ literacy skills and now include literacy in their subject plans. Many schools offer more opportunities for pupils to produce extended pieces of writing across the curriculum.
26 Nov 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.