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A war of words has broken out over the quality of teachers in schools across Wales and the independence of the inspectors who are supposed to ensure the highest possible standards.
It comes after the Chief Inspector of Education and Training, Ann Keane expressed fresh concern about reading and writing. Her annual report says: "in over half of secondary schools, some teachers' expectations are too low."
But tonight the NASUWT - Wales largest teaching union - said Estyn itself should be graded as "barely adequate", on the basis of today's report. Our education correspondent Joanna Simpson has the story.
Ann Keene is the Chief Inspector at Estyn. She says: "The core business of a school or a college or any other provider is basically to do with the teaching and learning that happen there.
"I would like to see leaders in schools taking on that responsibility very directly."
The Welsh Government says it shares the chief inspector of schools in Wales' concerns that local councils are under performing, following the publication of of Estyn's annual report.
The headteachers' union NAHT CYMRU says it believes the Welsh Government's introduction of a new Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks will enable a more precise method of tracking and helping pupils but criticises the work of local councils.
The chief inspector of schools in Wales says 'cause for concern' remains over standards in reading, writing and numeracy.
Ann Keane, Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales, also says the number of schools awarded 'good' or 'excellent' judgements is down on the previous year.
The comments form part of a report published today by the education inspectorate Estyn, which says there are more schools at the extremes of excellent or unsatisfactory performance.
"While a majority of teachers and schools have high expectations, in a minority of primary schools and over half of secondary schools, some teachers' expectations are too low," said Ann Keane.
"It is in the capacity and quality of leadership that the remedy lies.
"By this I mean the leadership offered not only by headteachers, principals and local authority chief education officers, but also by teachers, learning support assistants, learning coaches and everyone involved in delivering education and training in Wales."
The Welsh Government says it shares the concerns and is considering the findings.