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29 June 2016

Education other than at school offers pupils a second chance, but not a broad enough range of learning experiences

Pupils educated other than at school often miss out on the benefits of a broad curriculum and specialist support - which can have a negative impact on their future education and employment prospects. Read more >

26 February 2016

Most Teach First trainees are highly motivated, but some shortcomings remain

Most Teach First trainees (called ‘participants’) achieve Qualified Teacher Status and many were still in teaching posts two years after starting the programme according to a report published today by Estyn. However, only around a third were still teaching in Wales. Read more >

03 February 2016

Estyn launches new inspection data website

A new data website containing all inspection findings since the 2010-2011 academic year has been launched by Estyn, the education and training inspectorate for Wales. Read more >

26 January 2016

Chief Inspector calls on schools to take a fresh look at teaching and learning

There are signs of progress, particularly with the foundations of education, such as behaviour and attendance, basic literacy and numeracy, and supporting vulnerable learners, but there is still too much variability in the quality of teaching and learning in Wales’ schools, according to the Chief Inspector’s Annual Report published today. Read more >

10 December 2015

Colleges provide good support for learners to help them make the most of their education

Learners in further education who are at risk of disengagement or who start their courses late are generally supported effectively. Through a combination of good advice and partnership working with other bodies, colleges assist their students on their journey to their chosen vocation. Read more >

10 December 2015

Proposal to extend the frequency of inspections to within seven years

The Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis, is proposing a change to regulations to allow Estyn to  inspect schools and other providers at least once every seven years, instead of once ever Read more >

17 November 2015

Leadership standards should feature more strongly in headteachers’ performance reviews

This report finds that the national leadership standards are not used widely enough as part of headteachers’ performance management. Read more >

22 October 2015

More needs to be done to help disabled and Black and Minority Ethnic learners into apprenticeships

Disabled learners and those from black and minority ethnic groups (BME) often face many barriers to accessing apprenticeships, but a number of work-based learning providers, employers and external agencies have put in place initiatives to help overcome these obstacles. Read more >

01 October 2015

Colleges need to use observation of teaching and learning more effectively to improve learners’ standards

Lesson observation works best in colleges that have a clear vision and strategy for the delivery of teaching and learning to a consistently high quality, as well as having a strong culture of self-evaluation and self-improvement. Observation helps to share effective practice among staff and with other colleges, develop innovative ways of teaching, and is a means to evaluate the quality of learning. Read more >

30 September 2015

Consultation on how Estyn inspects

Estyn seeks views on how it inspects education and training in Wales Read more >

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