Welsh education has ‘massive untapped potential’, says leading academic

Wales Online is reporting that the nation’s education system has “massive untapped potential” and its flagship school improvement strategy has created new optimism that “things can change for the better”, according to a leading Government adviser.

Professor Mel Ainscow said the multi-million-pound Schools Challenge Cymru (SCC) initiative had made “significant progress” in its first two years of operation and the improved performance of schools in some of Wales’ most deprived areas was having “a ripple effect” across the system.

He said: “Most of the schools taking part had previously experienced considerable difficulties in bringing about improvements in their performance.

“It is therefore good to see the progress that has been made in a relatively short time, as indicated in their GCSE results and more generally in terms of teaching, learning and leadership.”


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