The Education Minister has commended the efforts of staff who are working to improve standards at Blaenau Gwent schools.
The local education authority has been in special measures since last July, and since then the county's schools have been run by appointed commissioners.
Indications from both the monitoring visit and the views of key stakeholders is that although progress in Blaenau Gwent was initially slow across the range of recommendations, more recently the pace and focus of change have improved. There have been considerable efforts by staff at all levels and in partner agencies to make change happen. Although, the direction of travel is broadly right, much important work remains to be done by the local authority, if it is to secure sustainable capacity.
The Education Minister's statement confirms that education watchdog, Estyn, will re-inspect Blaenau Gwent early in 2013, to monitor its progress.
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South Wales Fire Service says the site of a serious fire on the Glyndwr Industrial Estate in Aberbeeg on Tuesday is now safe enough for investigations to begin.
The site is still smoking, and locals are still being warned to keep doors and windows shut and minimise the time they spend outside.
Meanwhile, Environment Agency Wales officers confirm that there has been no environmental impact on the River Ebbw, and the excess water from tackling the blaze is safely contained on the site.
Firefighters are still at the scene of a blaze which destroyed a warehouse in Blaenau Gwent. The fire which broke out at the Glandwr Industrial Estate near Aberbeeg yesterday saw homes evacuated and a school closed for the day.
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Adrian Moyse from South Wales Fire & Rescue says that the fire at Glyndwr Industrial Estate in Aberbeeg in Blaenau Gwent may burn for another 24 hours.
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Around seventy firefighters have been tackling a blaze at Glandwr Industrial Estate near Aberbeeg. It broke out just after 1am and spread to a garage and a carpet warehouse. Officers say there has been a partial collapse of a building.