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Duffryn High School teachers are filmed and given live feedback in class

English teacher Lauren Sharpe in the classroom - with microphone and earpiece to get live feedback

A Newport secondary school says it is improving its standards of teaching with the help of a system which films lessons and allows teachers to be given feedback from managers live.

Duffryn High School is one of 38 schools in Wales using 'Iris Connect'. It was recently praised for having a very high proportion of lessons judged good or excellent by education watchdog Estyn.

Jennifer Howlett - Associate Headteacher - giving live feedback

RCT Council will respond to High Court nursery judgement in mid-June

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council says it will present a detailed report to its Cabinet in the middle of June in response to a High Court judgement against its cuts to nursery provision.

The council says it has not yet received a written transcript of the court's judgement, so it not yet able to respond in full.

I have instructed officers to present a detailed report to Cabinet in mid June which will include:

-A consideration of the judgment, noting that the current nursery admission arrangements will continue to apply from September 2014

-A Cabinet proposal to Council to reinstate a balanced budget and deal with the impact of UK Government Cuts.

-Consideration of how Cabinet can now approach the continued funding of nursery education in the County Borough. At this stage, nothing has been ruled in and nothing has been ruled out.

– Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

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National Survey for Wales: How happy are you?

A major survey has found people in Wales are happy with the health service here, despite twelve months of headlines highlighting many failings across the NHS in Wales.

More: People in Wales 'satisfied' with NHS care and schools

The results were part of a survey of 14,000 people which also looked at education and council services.

Owain Phillips looks at the findings.

"No surprise" - Lib Dem reaction to National Survey

The Welsh Liberal Democrats say the latest National Survey for Wales showed "an increasing number of people feel they are being let down" by health and education.

On the whole, people are satisfied with public services and that is to be welcomed.

With all of the bad news stories over the last year, it is not a surprise that faith in our health service has dropped a little.

This is a great shame as we all know how hard NHS staff work.

Month after month important health targets are missed by this Welsh Labour Government. Patients deserve better.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats believe we need to build a stronger economy, so that we can invest in our public services and create a fairer society.

– Kirsty Williams - Leader, Welsh Liberal Democrats

More: People in Wales 'satisfied' with NHS care and schools

People in Wales 'satisfied' with NHS care and schools

The majority of people in Wales are happy with the quality of schools and NHS care, according to the latest National Survey for Wales.

  • 92% said they were satisfied with the care from their GP on their most recent visit.
  • 91% were satisfied with their care on their last visit to an NHS hospital.
The level of secondary school satisfaction was 82% Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
  • 92% were satisfied with their child's primary school, and 82% with the secondary school attended by their child.
  • 57% said they were satisfied with services provided by their local authority.
  • The average score given for satisfaction with life was 7.7, which was slightly lower than for the same question in the previous year (7.8).

The survey asked the opinions of 14,500 people aged 16 and over.

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UCAC urges RCT Council to halt planned redundancies

A teaching union is calling on RCT Council to halt hundreds of planned redundancies after parents won a High Court ruling to prevent nursery provision from being axed.

UCAC says the council's original decision to axe nursery places could have led to 100 teachers and 260 support staff from losing their jobs.

The redundancy process that has been taking place over recent months has caused significant stress and worry to our members.

Since there is now uncertainty about the original decision, we are calling on the Council to suspend the redundancy process until the situation becomes clearer.

– UCAC

More: Campaigners win High Court claim over Rhondda Cynon Taf nursery cuts

Campaigners win High Court claim over Rhondda Cynon Taf nursery cuts

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's decision to cut full-time nursery provision for three-year-olds has been overruled at the High Court.

The case was brought to court by four parents

The group 'Parents Against the Cuts to Education in RCT' has been campaigning against the decision since it was first proposed last year. It claims the changes will be particularly devastating on poorer families.

The council says it is "being forced to consider changes, reductions and cuts to services as a result of the UK Government's austerity measures."

Judgement due on RCT nursery cuts plan

The case was brought to court by four parents against the decision. Credit: ITV Wales

A judgement is due on whether Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's plans to reduce nursery education provision is legal.

The group 'Parents Against the Cuts to Education in RCT' has been campaigning against the decision since it was first proposed last year. It claims the changes will be particularly devastating on poorer families.

The council says that its aim is to create more consistency across the borough. It also claims that there is no evidence that full-time education makes a difference to educational and social outcomes for children.

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