ICT at key stage 3: The impact of ICT on pupils’ learning at key stage 3 in secondary schools - July 2014
The report evaluates standards in the National Curriculum subject of information and communication technology (ICT) and considers the impact of ICT as a key skill on pupils’ learning across the curriculum at key stage 3 in secondary schools in Wales. The report also considers the impact of ICT on developing pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills.
A review of the effectiveness of action taken by schools to address bullying on the grounds of pupils’ protected characteristics - Inspectors found that not enough schools keep a specific record of bullying incidents and fail to identify patterns of behaviour that could inform anti-bullying planning. In most secondary schools, the rise in cyberbullying is a concern and schools find its anonymous nature difficult to manage.
Pupils in primary and secondary schools now have an age-appropriate understanding of global issues and of sustainability. 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.
Many pupils in primary schools and a majority in secondary schools achieve good standards in English lessons. Pupils in English lessons speak clearly during discussions and respond well to a wide variety of texts. However, concerns remain about standards in writing.
Learner support services include learning coaching, personal support, and careers information and guidance. This report looks at the quality, consistency and impartiality of learner support services provided by schools to pupils before, during and at the end of key stage 4.