Two education services out of special measures

Education services in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey have come out of special measures, after follow-up inspections by the education watchdog Estyn found they had made improvements.

Education Minister welcomes local authority progress

Education Minister Huw Lewis has welcomed the news that education services in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey have been brought out of special measures, while Powys has also been judged to have made progress.

I’m pleased to see that two local authorities have come out of special measures today and one out of significant improvement.

They’ve made positive progress and have improved, but they all must now work hard to ensure their improvements are sustainable to provide the best education possible for young people in their areas.

We’ve put in place an ambitious agenda to raise standards and performance across the board here in Wales – we owe our learners nothing less than the best.

– Huw Lewis, Education Minister

Education 'improvements' in Pembrokeshire & Anglesey

Education services in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey have come out of special measures, after follow-up inspections by the education watchdog Estyn found they had made improvements in how they run their schools.

Pembrokeshire Council has been criticised over its safeguarding of children, but Estyn judged it to have made 'excellent progress' in that area, part of 'sufficient progress' generally.

It said: "'Since October 2012 the authority has made excellent progress to transform arrangements for safeguarding in all its education services and schools."

Council leader James Adams welcomed the news as a significant milestone for the authority.

There are four remaining local education authorities in special measures. Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire

On Anglesey, the watchdog says, since an inspection in May 2012, "significant change and improvement have taken place over a comparatively short period, within the schools service and corporately."

Estyn has also released a report on the local education authority in Powys today, which was not in special measures but had been labelled as 'in need of significant improvement'.

After follow-up monitoring, it has been judged to have made 'sufficient progress', through significant changes, a collaboration with Ceredigion, and improved transparency.

There are now four remaining local education authorities in special measures: Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire and Torfaen.

The status is used by Estyn when it considers schools fail to supply an acceptable level of education, and appear to lack the ability to approve.

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