Responding to the Western Mail's report of a new colour-coded ranking system for Welsh schools, the Welsh Government has appeared to confirm it is introducing a different model for categorising school performance, which it said will provide national consistency.
It has though insisted the existing banding system is not being replaced.
– Welsh Government spokesperson
Banding is here to stay. 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. That work is ongoing. As and when we’re in a position to make an announcement we will.
Categorisation by consortia is not new - all consortia categorise their schools, but they use four different systems.
A single national categorisation model will ensure that the regional consortia are assessing schools in a consistent way. It will also provide a robust way for consortia to identify the support and challenge that schools require.