BBC Wales report that
Pupils in Wales continue to lag behind the rest of the UK in English lessons despite improvements, say inspectors.BBC Wales also provide us with a convenient Bar Graph
More teaching of practical writing skills is needed, says a report by Estyn, which found a significant minority of schools have pupils who do not read or write well enough.
There are concerns about the standards of spelling, grammar and punctuation in English classes.
But the majority achieved good standards in spoken English.
Pupils aged seven to 14 are also still struggling to play catch-up with their peers in other parts of the UK, the education inspection body says.
Children can write stories in class but are struggling to fill in job applications.
The report, which makes 11 recommendations for improvement, also found:
- Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds do not achieve as well as others and this gap widens as pupils progress from primary to secondary school
- There is still too much poor quality marking of pupils' work
- Teachers do not provide enough guidance on how to improve and progress is not tracked well enough
- Schools need to continue to focus on raising standards of pupils' independent writing and provide challenging work in English to stretch all pupils
The inspections took place in a sample of 20 primary and secondary schools.
- Girls continue to do better than boys, although the gap in boys' and girls' performance has steadily narrowed
But before I make a judgement I would like to know
Is just 20 schools a large enough sample to provide us with a accurate assessment to compare with others?
There are 22 Councils areas in Wales. So that less than one School in each Local Authority are
Just one failing school on this number could bring down the number significantly.
How comparable is the Estyn Inspection with those in England? Are the criteria the same?
Could it be more or less vigorous than in England?
We need these answers because we need to access the data correctly.
But even if it was that Wales was doing Better than appears . Maybe its not comparison with England or Scotland we need but a commitment to constantly improve.