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Wales school categorisation 2019

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Today (1 February 2019), Wales school categorisation information has been realised. Director of NAHT Cymru, Rob Williams said, ‘School leaders fully accept that schools should be held to account and that sustained under-performance should be challenged.

Schools are publicly-funded, and school leaders welcome the rigour of accountability when it focuses on the things that really matter.

Statutory responsibility for education sits with Local Authorities and yet school improvement, support and challenge in Wales rests on the shoulders of Regional Consortia, creating an unnecessary and, some might suggest, unhelpful disconnect.

Over recent years, there has been a significant cut borne by schools, particularly in terms of reduced delegated budget levels, as a result of Wales’ overly congested third tier governance.

Is the resource at this level having the desired impact where it really matters?

With head teachers’ confidence in Regional Consortia often in question, the impact on learner outcomes of this expensive additional layer of governance must hold up to more robust scrutiny.

For example, for the very small number of schools who have been persistently categorised as requiring the highest level of support, questions must be asked as to the effectiveness of Regional Consortia in making any tangible difference for those pupils over consecutive years.

Are all the factors that affect school performance taken into consideration and would giving the resource directly to the school instead of the Regional Consortia have a greater impact on the progress and achievement of the children and young people?' 

First published 07 February 2019