Wales’ colour-coded school tables: New results show growing divide between best and worst

Wales Online is reporting that the second ever set of colour-coded school tables published in Wales today has highlighted the growing divergence between the nation’s best and worst schools.

Of the nation’s 212 secondary schools, the number classed in the top category green, meaning “highly effective”, has grown from 30 last year to 39 this year.

But the number rated in the bottom category, red, meaning in need of the greatest improvement, has also gone up from 23 last year to 26 last year.

The results underline the finding earlier this week by the nation’s Chief Schools Inspector of an unacceptable divergence in standards in Wales’ schools .

Every school in Wales has been placed in one of four colour-coded groups, as part of categorisation system designed to drive up performance.

The system was brought in last year to replace banding as the latest stage in the Welsh Government’s bid to find an alternative to controversial league tables.

Education Minister, Huw Lewis said: “The system helps us to identify schools needing the most support and guidance, those doing well but that could be doing better, and those that are highly effective and can help others improve.

“This is not about crude league tables or labelling schools –it is about directing the right support to schools that need it and ensuring improvements right across our school system. Ultimately it is about raising standards and supporting our schools to self improve…”

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If you watched the BBC Wales documentary by Sian Griffiths this week you will have seen here scepticism over the value and clarity of the colour coding system.

What do you think – is the system achieving what it set out to?

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