Leighton Andrews AM has launched a twenty point plan outlining the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in improving standards of education for the young people of Wales.
The actions set down in the new plan aim to improve levels of literacy, numeracy and reduce the impact of deprivation.
Learning and teaching in schools are at the heart of the proposed reforms. It addresses school leadership and setting high expectations for all learners at all levels of the school structure.
The government says it sets out how the system as a whole should support and challenge schools to improve through collective capacity building, and clarifies the roles and responsibilities of those within the education system.
Building effective partnerships around schools:
- Building capacity at a national level
- Building capacity at a regional level
- Developing PLCs
- Empowering and engaging parents/carers
- Strengthening inspection and school intervention
Effective leadership at all levels in schools:
- Supporting leadership development
- Strengthening school governance
- Improving performance management of headteachers
Effective learning and teaching in schools:
- Improving the quality of teaching in literacy and numeracy
- Literacy and numeracy programmes
- Supporting schools on PISA
- Learning Wales portal and ICT
- Supporting teacher professional development
- Initial teacher training
- Professional development, accreditation and induction
- Welsh-medium education
- Inclusion and safeguarding
- Behaviour and attendance
- Learner deprivation
- Supporting and safeguarding vulnerable children
The Minister announced the publication of the new plan at a Celebrating the Best in Schools reception which recognises excellent practice in Welsh schools.
During the reception the Minister took the opportunity to congratulate the four Welsh teachers who have won a regional Teaching Award who will now go on to compete in the National Teaching Awards in London.
The four Welsh nominees competing in the National Teaching Awards in London are:
Mrs Glenys Jones, Bishop Hedley RC High School, Merthyr Tydfil.
Mrs Yasmin Gedney, Blaenavon Heritage Community School, Gwent
Mr Sion Jones, Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen, Caernarfon
Cynffig Comprehensive School, Bridgend (The Award for Outstanding School Team of the Year).