Headteachers' union: Councils must perform better

The headteachers' union NAHT CYMRU says it believes the Welsh Government's introduction of a new Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks will enable a more precise method of tracking and helping pupils but criticises the work of local councils.

While we share Estyn's view that it is leading and teaching that matters most, schools cannot operate in isolation. It is a continuing concern that the local authorities who support and challenge our schools are not performing as well as we would wish.

– Anna Brychan, NAHT Cymru

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Estyn education report

There is still cause for concern over standards of reading, writing and numeracy in schools in Wales, according to the education watchdog Estyn. It also says the number of schools judged to be "good" or "excellent" is down on last year.