The BBC is reporting that Estyn inspectors have said that the quality of teaching in Wales needs to improve if overall standards in schools are to have any chance of increasing…
Estyn’s annual report raises concerns about the “variable” quality of teaching and standards generally, especially in secondary schools.
It said standards in primary schools were similar to last year.
The Welsh government said it was continuing to work on key areas such as teaching, literacy and numeracy.
“Fewer than half of secondary schools are good or better [compared to the previous year] and the proportion that is unsatisfactory has increased from one in seven to one in four,” the report said.
“One in seven is excellent. Over two-thirds of secondary schools will be monitored in ‘follow-up’ visits.”
Ann Keane, the chief inspector of schools, told BBC Wales that other countries were improving at a faster pace and standards in Wales were not yet showing “an upward trend”.
“There is a correlation between high standards and two factors; strong leadership and high standards in the core subject departments,” she said.
“We need to pay more attention on how to help teachers move forwards.
“There is a curriculum review going on now and we’re going to have new GCSEs in numeracy and language.
“Teachers need to be involved in preparation for these changes.”
The report said standards in primary schools were similar to last year.
“Seven in 10 primary schools inspected in 2012-2013 are good and around one in four is adequate. Although only one is unsatisfactory, very few are excellent,” it said.
“Around a half of the primary schools inspected will be monitored in ‘follow-up’ visits.”…
So is Estyn suggesting there is something less good about teaching in Wales than elsewhere or just that the best way of improving standards is to work further on teacher development? Please share your insights into teaching in Wales in the comments or via Twitter…