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'Dissapointing' that Torfaen recommended to be put into special measures

March 22, 2013 10:29 AM

Responding to the news that Torfaen is likely to become the sixth local authority to have its education department put into special measures following a recommendation from Estyn, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Education, Aled Roberts, commented:

"Torfaen Council has been struggling for some time now, nonetheless, it is still hugely disappointing that the Council has not been able to turn things around. Questions have to be asked about why there wasn't more support available from the Welsh Labour Government to prevent this from happening.

"Torfaen will be the sixth local authority education department to be placed in special measures in 20 months. That, quite frankly, speaks volumes of just how much this Welsh Labour Government has failed schools in Wales.

"Estyn reports have also shown that the problem isn't just with failing schools. Not a single local education authority has been judged 'excellent' in the whole of Wales. The lack of ambition shown over the years by Welsh Labour has been astounding. While Wales has fallen further and further behind the rest of the UK, the Welsh Labour Government has been happy to sit back and allow the disastrous funding gap with England to grow.

"Although the Education Minister's review is currently looking at the structure of education services in Wales, the time has come to radically address issues of capacity and expertise within those support services, which will not necessarily be addressed by changing structures alone. Whilst Wales tinkers with its structures, children are not achieving what we might reasonably expect them to achieve because of these failings."