‘Time to turn tide of educational decline’

Plaid Cymru Shadow Education Secretary Llŷr Gruffydd has warned that a lot of work still needs to be done to reverse years of decline and to improve school standards across Wales.

Today’s results show a greater number of Welsh primary and secondary schools categorised as green, and a decreasing number placed in the red category.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Education Secretary Llŷr Gruffydd said, “Today’s results reveal some welcome signs of improvement, with a greater number of our schools being placed in the green category and fewer placed in the red.

“Of course, this categorisation is just one part of the wider evaluation of schools and it certainly should not be viewed as a way of ranking or labelling schools.

“We need to see an increase in the number of schools placed in the green category but also make sure that the support given to schools in the red category bring about a tangible improvement.

“The Welsh Government has presided over years of educational decline so any sign that the tide is being turned is welcome. But now is not the time for the Welsh Government and regional consortia to rest on their laurels. The focus must still be on supporting all schools to raise standards, and ensure that schools in all categories see similar rates of improvement.”

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