Estyn warning and banding move for Welsh schools

Inspection advice/guidance
Half-term will come as welcome relief to teachers in Wales after they faced the verdicts of the chief inspector and the Welsh government in the same week.

Every school in Wales has been banded using colour-coding in the new National Categorisation System and the results published online. 

Education minister Huw Lewis says the process provides valuable information and ensures support is targeted. But teaching unions have said that it simply stigmatises schools.

All schools have been allocated one of four colours with green representing the top performing schools, yellow for good schools, amber for schools in need of improvement, and red for schools in need of the most improvement.

Out of 1,332 primary schools assessed, 206 have been put in the green support category and 58 have been put in the red support category.

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