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23 October 2017

Schools and other education settings recognised for their excellence

Schools and other providers of education and training in Wales have been recognised by Estyn for their excellence at an awards evening. Staff at these organisations received a certificate and congratulations from Meilyr Rowlands, Chief Inspector and Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education at a ceremony held on 20 October. Read more >

06 October 2017

Strengths in the humanities are highlighted in schools across Wales

Humanities courses that offer a variety of tasks, the study of issues of current concern, and the opportunity to undertake learning beyond the classroom, engage and motivate pupils well, according to Estyn in a good practice report published today. However, schools should ensure that there is an appropriate balance in the humanities between the development of pupils’ skills and their subject knowledge and understanding. Read more >

20 September 2017

Secondary schools should provide science lessons that challenge pupils at all key stages

Pupils aged 11-14 make good progress in their knowledge and understanding of science in only about half of lessons, according to a report published today by Estyn. However, by the time pupils are aged 14-16, there is good progress in over 70% of science lessons. Read more >

14 September 2017

Education organisations in Wales join forces to help reduce teachers’ workloads

Education organisations in Wales have demonstrated their joint commitment to helping teachers balance their workload. The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams and Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Meilyr Rowlands today launched resources that focus on how teachers can reduce unnecessary activity. Read more >

12 September 2017

Schools need to support pupils better in making career choices

Secondary schools need to ensure that pupils have access to up-to-date impartial information about their options for future learning and careers as well as facilitating regular discussions about pupils’ options, according to a report published today by Estyn. While nearly all schools provide pupils with general information about the routes that are open to them after GCSE, the majority of schools have not responded effectively to changes in how they are supported by Careers Wales. As a result, pupils’ access to impartial advice, guidance and personal support varies too much. Only a few schools ensure that all pupils have a personal interview to discuss their future. In general, schools place too much emphasis on promoting their own sixth form rather than the options available in sixth forms in other schools, further education colleges or apprenticeships. Read more >

12 September 2017

Schools need to support pupils better in making career choices

Secondary schools need to ensure that pupils have access to up-to-date impartial information about their options for future learning and careers as well as facilitating regular discussions about pupils’ options, according to a report published today by Estyn. While nearly all schools provide pupils with general information about the routes that are open to them after GCSE, the majority of schools have not responded effectively to changes in how they are supported by Careers Wales. As a result, pupils’ access to impartial advice, guidance and personal support varies too much. Only a few schools ensure that all pupils have a personal interview to discuss their future. In general, schools place too much emphasis on promoting their own sixth form rather than the options available in sixth forms in other schools, further education colleges or apprenticeships. Read more >

13 July 2017

Primary schools need to identify their strengths and weaknesses better in science and in design and technology

By the end of primary school, many pupils across Wales have developed a good understanding of basic science concepts such as gravity and magnetism. Nearly all pupils understand the importance of undertaking investigations carefully, and many pupils develop their thinking skills well in science. Read more >

11 July 2017

Schools should provide more opportunities for pupils to develop and use their financial skills

A minority of primary schools and a majority of secondary schools do not provide pupils with enough opportunities to develop and apply their financial skills in challenging and relevant activities across the curriculum. Read more >

04 July 2017

Drive to improve education at heart of Estyn review

An independent review of the role of Estyn in supporting education reform has today been announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams and the Chief Inspector, Meilyr Rowlands. Read more >

23 June 2017

Schools should better support pupils in learning how to develop safe, respectful personal relationships

Schools do not allocate enough time or importance to providing learning experiences and support for pupils to develop safe, respectful personal relationships. A report published today by Estyn found that the content and delivery of this area of personal and social education varies too widely in schools across Wales. In particular, schools do not prepare pupils well enough to live in a diverse society, for example by teaching them about forms of violence against women such as female genital mutilation and honour-based violence. Read more >

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