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Numeracy for 14 to 19-year-olds - July 2011

In schools where provision for numeracy is good, there is strong leadership. Managers actively drive initiatives to improve numeracy, and they seek extra funding or support to help carry out their work. There is good co-ordination of activities. However, few schools plan to improve their numeracy provision or track learners’ progress well enough to identify where improvements can be made. Read more >

Wider choice and the learning core: progress in implementing a wider option choice and the learning core for 14-19 learners - August 2010

A wider choice and range of courses for learners aged 14-19 has helped to improve attainment and motivation in schools. There is an increasing number of courses for learners to choose from, and there is much more collaboration between providers. However, there is too much variation in the range and number of courses on offer to learners in different areas. Too many courses have a limited viability, either because they only attract a small number of learners, or because the same provision is already available within the same area. Read more >

The quality of new build in Further Education and its impact on learners - June 2010

Tags: 14-19

In the colleges we visited, the new build and refurbishment work has coincided with an improvement in learner completion and attainment rates and there is some evidence that attendance has improved. Read more >

How effective is provision for learners aged 16 to 19 years with language acquisition needs? - July 2009

In general, teachers and learners feel that support for learners with English language acquisition needs for 16-19 year-olds is good. However, there are not enough qualified staff who can support learners for whom English is an additional or second language. As a result, a vast majority of these learners are failing to keep up with the pace of lessons or training sessions. In addition, there is a lack of national strategy to bring together the organisations working with learners with English language acquisition needs which has led to variation in provision between further education and schools. Read more >

Supporting Learning Pathways - July 2008

Tags: 14-19

Careers Wales companies contribute well to strategic partnerships with other organisations to enhance 14-19 planning. They support Learning Networks, and they draw the Welsh Assembly Government’s attention to shortfalls in work-based learning providers. They also help to enhance the quality of work-focused education. Overall, Careers Wales provides good support for the development of learning coaches across Wales. However, the role of learning coaches is not yet consistent or advanced enough, and partnership staff and learners are not clear about the role of careers advisers. Careers Wales companies need to do more to evaluate and share good practice. Read more >

Science education for 14-19 learners - May 2008

Tags: 14-19

In the schools we have inspected, standards in Science are lower than in almost all other subjects. The proportion of pupils who gain grade A*-C at GCSE is increasing, but not as quickly as in Mathematics or English. The number of pupils entered for A-levels in Science has decreased in recent years, whereas the number of pupils entered for A-levels overall has increased. The quality of teaching in Science is generally worse than in other subjects. There is a shortage of specialist teachers in Physics and Chemistry who have relevant qualifications. The numbers of trainee teachers following Physics and Chemistry courses are low, so this shortage is likely to continue. Leadership and management in science departments is not adequate, often because heads of department lack the relevant subject knowledge. Read more >

Welsh-medium and bilingual provision for 14-19 learners - May 2008

Tags: 14-19Welsh

The vast majority of general qualifications are available in Welsh. However, the number of vocational qualifications available in Welsh is very small compared to the number available in English. There is a shortage of Welsh-speaking examiners and verifiers, which limits the number of Welsh-medium qualifications which can be made available. An increasing number of providers are introducing bilingual teaching as a means of extending Welsh-medium provision, but there is too much variation in the quality of bilingual teaching. Read more >

Choice and flexibility for 14-19 learners - March 2008

Tags: 14-19

The choice of courses available to learners is increasing. The best example is where schools and colleges have planned provision together. However, most learners do not have the flexibility to choose from the full range and type of courses available in their area. Their opportunities depend too much on the courses offered by the providers they attend. Provision at post-16 is more wide-ranging. Nearly all learners can choose courses that enable them to follow their chosen learning pathway. Read more >