The BBC is reporting that in their annual report, education watchdog Estyn has found the quality of teaching in Wales to be ‘weak’.
It was the “weakest aspect” of provision across most areas of education in Wales, its chief inspector Meilyr Rowlands said. Teaching was “good” or “better” in only a minority of secondary schools inspected this year.
Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said improving teaching standards was “one of my highest priorities”. Mr Rowlands said too few schools help staff to make the best of professional learning opportunities.
The 157-page report also found in about a third of primary schools inspected this year, more able children underachieved because their work was not challenging enough. Mr Rowlands also said school heads needed to create better opportunities for teachers to develop their professional skills.
“What needs to be done to raise standards in education in Wales is becoming clearer and improving teaching will have a long-term effect on quality and standards in the classroom,” he said.
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