National Updates - November / December 2023

Estyn: Inspecting for the Future (2024-2030).

Updated 1 November 2023 – School Admissions Appeals Code. The main changes introduced are that an option has been added for admission appeals to be held remotely as well as face to face.

Patterns in reading and numeracy attainment: from 2018/19 to 2022/23. A report looking at patterns in attainment in reading and numeracy, using national-level data from the personalised assessments.

Community Focused Schools: case studies. Examples of how schools are developing their community focused approaches.
– Pencoed Primary School, Bridgend
– Cadoxton Primary School, Vale of Glamorgan
– Craigfelen Primary School, Swansea
– Tonyrefail Community School, Rhondda Cynon Taf
– Prestatyn High School, Denbighshire
– Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni, Anglesey
– Ysgol Y Gogarth, Conwy
– Federation of Blenheim Rd Community and Coed Eva Primary Schools, Torfaen
– Pembroke Dock Community School, Pembrokeshire

Updated 4 December 2023 – Pupil Development Grant: guidance. Guidance on what it is and how to use it to reduce the impact of poverty on educational achievement.

Education guidance to support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and young people. How schools and settings can improve support for learners from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Have your say on what’s happening in education

The Structure of the School Year
Consulting on 3 matters:
– The principle of modifying the school year
– Options for implementing changes to the school year including being made in the 2025 to 2026 school year
– Suggested term dates for 2025 to 2026 school year

Submit your comments by 12 February 2024


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