Education Minister praises efforts of Blaenau Gwent schools

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.

– Education Minister Leighton Andrews AM

The Education Minister's statement confirms that education watchdog, Estyn, will re-inspect Blaenau Gwent early in 2013, to monitor its progress.