This report features case studies written by current headteachers showing how they have significantly boosted the standards and performance in their school. It provides an insight into the common characteristics displayed by schools that have improved their provision from different starting points.
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.
Welsh in the Foundation Phase - December 2013
Developing Welsh as a first language in primary schools and the non-maintained sector
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. 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.
The report looks at the educational effectiveness of small, medium-sized and large schools based on inspection findings from the current cycle of inspections (2010 2013) and on examination and assessment results.
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. This report highlights the challenges faced in raising standards in mathematics across Wales and includes case studies of best practice in secondary schools.
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.