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The Welsh Government sends a recovery board to Anglesey to raise standards in the county's schools following a highly critical report
Wales' education watchdog reports that the Welsh Baccalaureate offers benefits to students, but the teaching of key skills needs to improve.
Estyn's report is broadly positive about the standard of ICT in Welsh primary schools, but also highlights that around half surveyed said a poor internet connection 'hinders their ICT work'.
This was mainly due to slow connections, which make it difficult for a whole class to search together online.
Among Estyn's recommendations in today's report is: "The Welsh Government should provide adequate broadband connectivity for all schools in Wales."
The Welsh Government says it is supporting 'a wide-ranging programme of activity' to improve ICT standards.
First Minister Carwyn Jones announced in January that £39m is being invested in broadband and network infrastructure for schools here.
ICT in schools is "empowering pupils" and "preparing them for the world of work."
That's the claim of Estyn's Maldwyn Pryse. It follows a report by the schools inspectorate which found that standards of computer skills in primary schools are good or excellent in half of the schools visited.
Estyn, the schools inspectorate, has published a report into standards of computer skills in primary schools. The report found that standards are good or excellent in half of the schools visited.
Inspectors say that in the majority of schools, good computer skills had a positive impact on reading and writing. They also say that computer lessons help children with creative and social abilities and can help reduce the poverty gap.
The report recommends introducing more computers, tablets and mobile phones in schools.
Science lessons in most Welsh schools are good but assessment isn't robust enough, according to school inspectors.
Estyn also says sometimes, in primary schools, teachers pass on their science misunderstandings to pupils.
The Welsh Government welcomes the report which it says is broadly positive.
Inspectors say Blaenau Gwent's education services are still unsatisfactory, two years after it was put into special measures.
The council says there's been limited time to deliver progress since it was first put in special measures but there are signs of improvement, as Hannah Thomas reports.
The Welsh Government says it's concerned about the slow change of pace to improving education standards in Blaenau Gwent. The council's education services were placed in 'special measures' in 2011.
Today a report by the education inspectorate Estyn says standards are still 'unsatisfactory'.
– Welsh Government spokesperson
We are very concerned by Estyn's findings. Performance at the local authority continues to be unsatisfactory and disappointing. The Minister will make a statement to Assembly Members to outline the actions we will be taking with regard to Blaenau Gwent.
"The Minister will meet the Commissioner on Monday. We know she has serious concerns about the pace of change in the local authority and we will discuss the best way forward
Whilst the overall judgement of the report was unsatisfactory it has to be recognised that there has been limited time since the Council was first placed in special measures in September 2011 to deliver progress in many areas.
There are signs of improvement. As a result of the work that the Council and the South East Wales Education Achievement Service (EAS) has been undertaking the Council has more accurate information on schools' performance and is beginning to use the data more systematically.
– Blaenau Gwent Council spokesperson
There has also been good progress in improving attendance in Blaenau Gwent schools. An action plan needs to be prepared now that the Council's inspection report has been published by Estyn today.
The education system in one of the poorest parts of Wales is to remain in 'special measures' as education standards are still 'unsatisfactory'.
The school's inspectorate for Wales, Estyn has released a report today which lists a catalogue of failings which include:
- Standards of attainment are unsatisfactory, particularly in secondary schools
- The number of days lost to exclusion are increasing
- Initiatives for school improvement are too fragmented
- leadership has not generated improvements in areas of underperformance
The report does say attendance rates in primary schools are above average but the capacity to improve overall is unsatisfactory because:
The leadership of local authority services for children and young people continues to be unstable; the pace of action to bring about improvement has been too slow in the past to assure inspectors that improvement will take place without continued external support and challenge
The Welsh Government says there are serious concerns over the pace of change to education standards in Blaenau Gwent. The borough's schools were placed in 'special measures' in September 2011 when its education standards were deemed to be failing children.
A commissioner was appointed to oversee change but a report out today from the schools inspectorate for Wales, Estyn says education services are still 'unsatisfactory'.
In a damning report it says for the last three years Blaenau Gwent's council has not met any of the Welsh Government benchmarks for attainment based on free-school-meal entitlement and the number of days lost to exclusion are increasing.
It adds that officers and school leaders have not been held to account effectively and the pace of change is far too slow. The council has been told it has to provide an action plan in the next 50 days.
The council says there has been good progress in improving attendance in its schools but it says while the overall judgement of the report is unsatisfactory it has to be recognised that there has been limited time to deliver progress in many areas.
The schools inspectorate in Wales is appealing for volunteers to join its inspection teams.
Estyn is looking for people who have no professional connection with education to help judge our schools.
It's hoped the lay inspectors will bring a fresh perspective to assessing exactly how well they are performing.