The main focus of this survey report is to identify how schools use classroom observation most effectively to improve pupils’ standards of achievement. This survey identifies how effective classroom observation can help teachers to improve teaching and learning and help leaders to improve to support initiatives that will enhance the professional development of all staff.
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.
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.