Wefan Gymraeg

Estyn Report must be the foundation for change – Aled Roberts

Commenting on the day the National Assembly debates the Annual Report by the schools inspectorate in Wales, Estyn, Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Education in the National Assembly, said:

"There have been enough warm words and promises from this Welsh Labour Government about how they intend to raise educational standards.

"The Welsh Government's view of the current education situation seems to differ sharply from the reality at the "chalkface".

"Today, via our two amendments to the debate, I will be calling on the government to support Estyn's view that a "whole-school", team approach must be implemented in schools so that teachers are fully involved, especially with regard to the Pupil Deprivation Grant.

"I will also be calling on the Welsh Government to review the procedures currently in place for the youngsters moving out of mainstream schools and into Pupil Referral Units so that Estyn's aims of seeing a "clear picture of pupils' abilities, needs and prior progress" can be realised.

"Welsh Liberal Democrats are committed to the introduction of an individual pupil monitoring programme to measure all pupils' progress, allowing schools to target efforts at those students who are not meeting their potential".

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