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Welsh Govt: 'Further improvements can be made' in maths standards

The Welsh Government says it knows further improvements can be made in improving maths standards in secondary schools.

It comes after the schools watchdog Estyn found 11 to 14-year-olds are achieving what's expected but there's still challenges.

The Welsh Government says it welcomes the report and it's encouraging to see some improvements.

We are grateful to Estyn for producing this report and we welcome its findings and recommendations. It highlights positive and effective approaches in teaching mathematic skills at key stage 3 and we congratulate those schools highlighted as demonstrating best practice.

While this report is broadly encouraging it also highlights areas where we know further improvements can be made. We will not take our foot off the pedal in our efforts to ensure standards in mathematics continue to rise.

That’s why we have established an independent Maths Task and Finish Group which is investigating how we can continue to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. This report from Estyn will provide valuable evidence for the work of the group.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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Appeal to find teenage girl missing for two days

Police are re-appealing to the public to help find a teenage girl who has been missing for two days.

Adriana Gabarova, 16, was last seen at her home in Newport at around 10.40am on Monday morning.

She is is around five feet three inches tall, of a slim build. with long, dark hair, worn tied up. When she was last seen she was wearing blue jeans and a white and pink checked coat.

It is possible she could be in the Cardiff area.

Adriana Gabarova has been missing from her Newport home since Monday morning. Credit: Gwent Police

Adriana was reported to have been seen in the Corporation Road, Maindee and Commercial Road and Pill areas yesterday afternoon around 3-4pm. Officers attended these locations and spoke to local residents/ traders but unfortunately she is yet to be located.

– Gwent Police

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101, quoting log number 275 23/2/15.

Ambulance response times to be revealed for January

The Welsh Ambulance service will be under the spotlight again as response times for 999 calls are released.

65% of the most serious calls should be reached in eight minutes

It will show response times for January 2015, which followed a busy December for the service.

The results follow months of scrutiny after the service failed to meet the targets set by the Welsh Government for the 15th consecutive month.

In December just over four out of 10 ambulances got to the most life-threatening calls within the target time.

The target is for 65% of the most serious calls (Red 1 or Red 2) to be responded to within eight minutes.

Last month the Welsh Government announced an £11m cash injection into the service.

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