New plan is launched to improve education standards in Welsh school
With an aim to improve the standard of education, the Welsh Education Minister has published a new plan which outlines the roles and responsibilities of every party involved.
In 2011, Education Minister Leighton Andrews introduced a twenty point plan of action that he hopes will drive up the standards of education in Wales. Implementation of some of the reforms is already in progress.
The actions listed in this new plan build on plans from 2011 and the School Effectiveness Framework. The aim of all the initiatives is to improve levels of literacy and numeracy, whilst reducing the impact of deprivation.
It is targeted at leaders throughout the education system in Wales, from leaders in schools, those in local authorities and regional consortia through to the Government. The plan clearly outlines what needs to be achieved at each level of the education system in order to deliver improvements.
The plan addresses school leadership and its importance in setting high expectations for all students with a focus on learning and teaching. It sets out how the system as a whole should support and challenge schools to improve through collective capacity building.
“This new implementation plan sets out our ambitious reform agenda. It builds on what we have achieved already and outlines what is required of everyone in our education system to drive improvement and raise standards in the future,” said Mr Andrews.
The Minister announced the publication of the new plan at a 'Celebrating the Best in Schools' reception which recognises excellent practice in Welsh schools. During the reception, the Minister took the opportunity to congratulate four Welsh teachers who have won a regional Teaching Award and will go on to compete in the National Teaching Awards in London.