The Welsh Government have published the latest banding data for secondary schools. It shows a total of 219 secondary schools which have been banded and has revealed that 72 schools have moved up at least one band, *71 schools have moved down at least one band, *75 have stayed in the same band, with one school was not being banded last year.
It is the second year that data of this kind has been released in Wales.
Banding is determined using information about how well 15-16-year-olds have performed in examinations, and information about their level of attendances. It then uses the performance of schools to group them into one of five bands – from Band 1, schools which are performing well, to Band 5 schools which need to improve.
A headmaster who’s school has fallen from Band 1 to band 4 in one year says the system is questionable.
Gwyn Tudur of Ysgol Tryfan, in Bangor says his school is being punished for it’s exceptionally good performance in 2011.
The school banding system has been a total failure according to Wales’ largest teaching union. NUT Cymru said the system has proved divisive, ill-thought through and not fit for purpose.
The Union has also criticised the failure to ensure support is provided for those schools suffering as a result of the Welsh Government’s league table style system.
For a full list on where your school has been banded visit: Welsh Government