Tables turned as Wales orders independent review of inspectorate Estyn

Teachers can return to their desks this week safe in the knowledge that education chiefs in Wales will, for one term at least, shift their focus from schools to finding out how inspectors can work better.

The architect of sweeping education reforms in Wales, Professor Graham Donaldson, has just begun a review to assess how Estyn and its inspectors can better meet the demands of a new curriculum.

The independent review, which was agreed by the chief inspector Meilyr Rowlands and education secretary Kirsty Williams, aims to identify the implications for Estyn of the educational reform programme in Wales and to make recommendations for its future role and operation.

Mr Rowlands said: “Significant changes are happening to the education landscape in Wales and inspection is also changing. With Estyn’s mission to achieve excellence for all learners in Wales, we believe it will be helpful to gain an independent view from Prof Donaldson.”

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