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Provision for secondary school-aged Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils

This report evaluates the quality and provision for secondary aged Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils and how this has developed since previous Estyn reports, particularly Estyn’s 2011 report. Read more >

Summary of findings from our national thematic reviews 2018

We’ve collated the main findings and recommendations from last year’s thematic reports for easy reference. Read more >

A levels in sixth forms and further education colleges

This report is in response to a request for advice in the Cabinet Secretary’s annual remit letter to Estyn for 2017-2018. It reports on standards, provision and leadership of GCE Advanced Levels (A levels) in school sixth forms and further education colleges. It considers a range of factors, such as standards at A level and how these are measured, the quality of teaching and assessment, the nature of the A level curriculum offer and strategic leadership, including partnership working. Read more >

The professional learning continuum: mentoring in initial teacher education

The report is intended for the Welsh Government, providers of initial teacher education (ITE), headteachers and staff in schools, local authorities and regional consortia. The report is intended to provide a base-line study for the reform of ITE in Wales. The report focuses on the development of student teachers’ critical thinking, reflection and evaluation as vital skills for professional learning, the mentor’s role in developing these skills, and how involvement in mentoring in ITE impacts on and relates to professional learning in schools more generally. Read more >

Readiness for additional learning needs reforms

The report examines the extent to which maintained primary and secondary schools, pupil referral units (PRUs), and education otherwise than at school (EOTAS) settings are preparing to meet the demands of the new Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 (National Assembly for Wales, 2018). Read more >

Higher Apprenticeships in work-based learning

This report examines standards, provision and leadership and management in higher apprenticeship programmes in the work-based learning sector across Wales. Read more >

The quality of education and training for young people engaged with youth offending teams

The report also evaluates how effectively YOTs plan the education and training provision for young people at a strategic and operational level. It looks in particular at how well the work of the YOT supports young people’s progression. Read more >

Youth Support Services in Wales

This report is in response to a request in the Cabinet Secretary’s annual remit letter to Estyn for 2017-2018, in which the Welsh Government asked Estyn to undertake a survey of services for young people in Wales. It also forms part of wider thematic work undertaken jointly by Inspection Wales. Each inspection, audit, and regulatory body in Wales will report on the support being given to young people from different services. Health Inspectorate Wales (HIW) will report on arrangements to support the transition between child and adult services. Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) will focus on the effectiveness of local authority services and arrangements for children who are looked after and care leavers. The Wales Audit Office (WAO) will examine the Welsh Government’s strategic approach to improving the wellbeing of young people aged 16-24 with a view to identifying key lessons for the future. Read more >