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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 >

An inspiring learning environment for delivering Foundation Phase education

At Poppies Day Nursery, the inspiring indoor and outdoor learning environments provide exciting opportunities for children to develop important skills. Read more >

Careers - The implementation of the careers and world of work framework in secondary schools - 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 >

Careers - The implementation of the careers and world of work framework in secondary schools

The report examines the extent and effectiveness of secondary schools’ delivery of the statutory Careers and the world of work (CWoW) framework. It considers the extent to which secondary schools’ provision and leadership in this area have changed since Estyn’s previous report on CWoW, Informed Decisions, in October 2012. The report draws on evidence from 156 secondary school inspections since October 2012 and from a survey of 35 secondary schools (see appendix for detail). 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 >

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