Estyn education report

There is still cause for concern over standards of reading, writing and numeracy in schools in Wales, according to the education watchdog Estyn. It also says the number of schools judged to be "good" or "excellent" is down on last year.

Estyn report sparks education row

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.

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Welsh Government: Estyn report is 'welcome and encouraging'

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 positives in today's report are welcome and encouraging. Areas identified as needing attention, literacy, numeracy and strengthening leadership, mirror our priorities and are at the forefront of what we're working hard to deliver.

Through rigorous policies, like our national implementation plan for 3 to 16 education (Improving Schools), the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework and through training and developing leaders for the future, we're delivering for our learners.

We share Estyn's concerns about the number of local authorities who are not performing as well as they should. It's one of the reasons why the Minister has brought forward an in-depth review of the effectiveness of the current education delivery system in Wales.

– WELSH GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON

Headteachers' union: Councils must perform better

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.

While we share Estyn's view that it is leading and teaching that matters most, schools cannot operate in isolation. It is a continuing concern that the local authorities who support and challenge our schools are not performing as well as we would wish.

– Anna Brychan, NAHT Cymru

Estyn: 'Cause for concern' over reading and writing in Welsh schools

Estyn's chief inspector is urging more 'leadership' within schools Credit: ITV News

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.