School-to-school support and collaboration – a summary and discussion paper

This report describes the main policy developments and initiatives relating to school-to-school support and summarises and synthesises existing evaluations for each development. Read more >

Science at key stage 3 and key stage 4

This report considers a range of factors, such as the quality of teaching and assessment, curriculum planning, staff development, and curricular and extra-curricular learning experiences, that contribute to improving standards in science. It considers general and vocational examination routes at key stage 4. It also reports on the progress made in key stage 3 against the recommendations made in Science in key stages 2 and 3 (Estyn, 2013). Read more >

Science at key stage 3 and key stage 4 - Training materials

This PowerPoint is a way for providers to share the main findings of the report and review their own performance in a particular thematic area. The presentations summarise the report and include questions which providers can consider when looking to improve. 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 >

Innovative interventions that lead to improvement in attainment

Oldcastle Primary School’s mathematics intervention has transformed the subject for the lowest achieving learners and raised standards for all. The school is also the first in Wales to use a new system to support pupils' speech and language therapy. Read more >

Building partnerships to improve aspirations and outcomes in science and technology

Oldcastle Primary School has worked with businesses and universities to develop a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) week that has improved pupils’ aspirations and attainment. Read more >