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Primary school standards slipping in Wales

Posted on: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Primary school standards in Wales are on the decline, according to new findings.

A report published by education watchdog Estyn revealed that around two in three primary schools required intervention due to shortcomings.

The statistics also showed that the proportion of primary schools with good or excellent standards fell from seven in ten to just over six in ten.

In a previous report by the Welsh regulator, it was found that primary school standards were improving, although many concerns were raised about secondary schools.

That is now no longer the case. The situation now is there has been widespread improvement in Welsh secondary schools.

In fact, the number of secondary schools with excellent or good standards rose to over half compared with well under half last year.

Further, no secondary school required special measures after a core inspection compared to six schools in the previous year

The report also found that nearly four in ten primary schools are adequate, a slight increase on last year.

However, overall the report found that literacy standards have improved slightly. 

Speaking about the findings, Ann Keane, Estyn's outgoing chief inspector, said: "These improvements indicate that the initiatives introduced in schools and other providers, supported by Welsh government, are having a positive impact.

"Over the last five years, the overall picture has been one of general improvement in provision for literacy and numeracy, although this is happening at a relatively modest pace."

The report highlights the importance of maintaining standards and efficiency in schools. However, in addition to focussing on educational standards, the appearance of a school can also influence the outcome of an inspection.

This is why it is so important for schools to ensure that their schools are cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis, especially in the run-up to any inspection.