Estyn wants numeracy and literacy results from September

Wales’s chief inspector of schools believes plans to improve levels of literacy and numeracy should show results from September.

Ann Keane, head of education inspectorate Estyn, said she was “frustrated” by the pace of improvement but acknowledged that it was always going to be a slow process.

“The initiatives that are supposed to shift the direction of things in schools are only just emerging,” she said. “The National Support Programme (NSP) hasn’t started properly and the Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) only becomes statutory in September.

“It’s frustrating for me because I want to see standards improving and I want our inspections to be reflecting that improvement – but when I think about the fact these initiatives will not actually be having an impact until September onward, I can understand that this is a big ship and it’s going to take a while to turn it around.”

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