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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 >

21 June 2017

Welsh Language national body brings benefits to adult learners

Setting up a National Centre for Learning Welsh to streamline the provision of Welsh language courses for adults across Wales has been successful, according to a report published today by Estyn. Since 2016, the National Centre has helped to provide a clear strategic direction to all centres that provide Welsh language training courses and it has made progress in bringing more consistency in approaches to curriculum development, data collection and assessment. Read more >

16 June 2017

FE colleges must pay more attention to independent living skills for young people with learning difficulties

Most further education (FE) colleges do not focus strongly enough on the independent living skills that young people with learning difficulties and disabilities will need for their future. A report published today by Estyn found that only a few colleges in Wales set realistic and long-term goals for these young people that include developing wider communication and employability skills. Read more >

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