Political row over special measures statistics in Wales

Inspection updates
As teachers in Wales return to their classrooms this week there are concerns about the numbers of secondary schools in special measures.

Out of the 195 secondary schools in the country, seven are currently in special measures and 10 are in need of significant improvement.

Among all types of school in Wales 18 are currently in special measures, while 26 are deemed in need of “significant improvement”.

Shadow education secretary Darren Millar has described the situation as “a matter of significant concern”. However, the Welsh government says it is wrong to compare year-on-year figures.

A new inspection framework was introduced by the Welsh education inspectorate Estyn in the last academic year and of the 27 schools which were visited for the first time in this new cycle more than half had areas judged to be inadequate.

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