This thorough and comprehensive report makes essential but not easy reading. As well as highlighting the weaknesses of our education system it makes some concrete recommendations for its improvement. Three themes come across very clearly.
Firstly, the Welsh Government lacks a long term vision for education. Allied to this have been far too many initiatives and not enough support for schools.
Secondly, we must have higher expectations of all our pupils than we have had in the past.
Thirdly, continual professional development of heads, teachers and support staff is key to raising standards.
The report provides further ammunition for those who claim that the banding system is now past its sell-by date.
It is candid that 'we can't expect to raise standards on the cheap' but have to fund schools properly and adequately to perform their essential task. It also gives a wake up call to the Department for Education and Skills to cooperate far more with the schools to develop the reform agenda.
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