Education Minister: 'Banding is here to stay'

Wales' Education Minister has taken to Twitter this morning to insist "banding is here to stay."

Huw Lewis said work on reviewing the controversial ranking system is ongoing.

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Just to clarify following the Western Mail's front page this morning, Banding is here to stay.

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We’ve said all along that we would be looking at it to make sure that it’s effective and meeting the needs of education in Wales.

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That work is ongoing. As and when we’re in a position to make an announcement we will.

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Row over whether schools banding will be scrapped

The Welsh Government has insisted that the controversial system of banding secondary schools is "here to stay", after the Western Mail reported that it was to be replaced with a "tough new ranking system."