More effective schools in latest school categorisation rankings

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The number of schools in Wales achieving the lauded green and yellow status in the National School Categorisation programme increased in 2018-19 compared to last year.

88.4% of primary schools and 69.4% of secondary schools were placed in green or yellow, marking a “highly effective” or “effective” school respectively and requiring more modest levels of support from regional consortia.

“The system has become more sophisticated over time and now allows for a much broader range of factors about a school’s ability to improve to be taken into account – leading to a tailored programme of support and intervention which meets the needs of all pupils.”
– Education Minister, Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem, Brecon & Radnor)

The number of schools in the red category – which requires up to 25 days of targeted support – fell by 4 schools to 52.

Ceredigion, Anglesey, the Vale of Glamorgan and Neath Port Talbot were the only local authorities to have no schools in the red category.

Teaching unions have called for the categorisation system to be scrapped and have also criticised the £139million spent on the five regional consortia.