School standards in Wales on the up, but teaching and learning must improve

Wales Online is reporting that education in Wales is showing signs of improvement but there is still too much variability in the quality of teaching and learning, according to the nation’s chief inspector.

In his first annual report, head of Estyn Meilyr Rowlands said there was a “marked contrast” between provision in Wales’ best and weakest schools.

Despite the amount of excellence in schools growing, Mr Rowlands said a number of schools were “not keeping up with increasing expectations”.

Primary schools continued to outperform secondary schools, with standards judged to be good or better in around two-thirds of primaries inspected in 2014-15 – a slight improvement on the previous year.

In the secondary sector, Estyn reported a “polarisation” in inspection outcomes, with an increase in both the proportion of excellent schools and those with unsatisfactory judgements.

But there was cause for optimism, with Mr Rowlands reporting an improvement in standards of basic literacy and numeracy and a closing of the gap between the performance of deprived and better-off pupils…

Mr Rowlands said: “To close the gap with the best, schools need to continue to focus on the basics and also take a fresh look at teaching and learning experiences – what is taught and how it is taught and assessed…”

More at: School standards on the up – but teaching and learning must improve, warns chief inspector

 

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See also: Guest post: Sian Griffiths – my BBC programme on education in Wales

 

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