School improvements in Blaenau Gwent 'too slow'

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

– Estyn

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Blaenau Gwent schools criticised

Schools inspectorate Estyn says not enough progress has been made by the council to raise education standards.