Estyn report shows Wales primary school standards decline

The BBC is reporting that the standards of primary schools inspected in Wales declined in 2014 compared to previous years according to education watchdog Estyn…

About two in three primary schools required some level of follow-up due to shortcomings.

But many aspects of school performance are improving, says its annual report.

Attendance rates are improving and the proportion of pupils who are persistently absent from school is declining.

The gap in performance between pupils eligible for free school meals and other pupils also narrowed slightly.

“These improvements indicate that the initiatives introduced in schools and other providers, supported by Welsh government, are having a positive impact,” says Estyn’s outgoing chief inspector Ann Keane.

In the previous annual report, inspectors found that primary school standards were improving but raised concerns about secondary schools.

This year, the situation is reversed.

While standards in secondary schools improved, those in the primary school sector declined.

Maths continues to be a problem across both primary and secondary schools…

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