Row over whether schools banding will be scrapped

The Welsh Government has insisted that the controversial system of banding secondary schools is "here to stay", after the Western Mail reported that it was to be replaced with a "tough new ranking system."

National schools model 'would work alongside banding'

The Welsh Government says a proposal for national model for assessing schools would work alongside the current banding system.

“Categorisation by consortia is not new. All consortia categorise their schools already, but they use four different systems.

A single national categorisation model would ensure that the regional consortia are assessing schools in a consistent way. This would work alongside Banding as it already does. As we said earlier, as and when we’re in a position to make an announcement we will until then we have no further comment.

Ill informed speculation isn't helpful as it causes confusion for parents and teachers. Banding works; the improved results for Band 4 and 5 schools show that. Why would we ditch a successful policy?

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Welsh Govt: New national model to categorise schools

Responding to the Western Mail's report of a new colour-coded ranking system for Welsh schools, the Welsh Government has appeared to confirm it is introducing a different model for categorising school performance, which it said will provide national consistency.

It has though insisted the existing banding system is not being replaced.

Banding is here to stay. We’ve said all along that we would be looking at it to make sure that it’s effective and meeting the needs of education in Wales. That work is ongoing. As and when we’re in a position to make an announcement we will.

Categorisation by consortia is not new - all consortia categorise their schools, but they use four different systems.

A single national categorisation model will ensure that the regional consortia are assessing schools in a consistent way. It will also provide a robust way for consortia to identify the support and challenge that schools require.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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Education Minister: 'Banding is here to stay'

Wales' Education Minister has taken to Twitter this morning to insist "banding is here to stay."

Huw Lewis said work on reviewing the controversial ranking system is ongoing.

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Just to clarify following the Western Mail's front page this morning, Banding is here to stay.

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We’ve said all along that we would be looking at it to make sure that it’s effective and meeting the needs of education in Wales.

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That work is ongoing. As and when we’re in a position to make an announcement we will.

Row over whether school 'banding' will be scrapped

The Welsh Government has insisted that the controversial system of banding secondary schools is "here to stay", after the Western Mail reported that it was to be replaced with a "tough new ranking system."

Banding - where schools are ranked in five bands, based on GCSE results, performance in specific subjects, attendance and the achievements of pupils of poorer backgrounds - was introduced in 2011, and three sets of tables have been published so far.

Read More: Find out where your school ranks in latest banding tables

The banding system has been highly controversial since it was introduced in 2011.

League tables were scrapped in Wales in 2001, and the Welsh Government has insisted banding is not a new form of league tables, but a way of identifying which schools needed support.

The banding system has been criticised by unions and opposition parties, who have said it is volatile and crude.

The Western Mail reported today that there will be a new colour-coded system, where schools struggling in the 'red zone' could face intervention or even closure.

The Welsh Government has responded to the story, saying its planned review of the banding system is "ongoing".