So the long awaited Education inspection report came and went “due to pulling the plug by Estyn” – how many more children and young people need to be failed by our schools and Council in Wrexham- whole generations are being disadnataged by not having good quality schooling.
It is a disgrace that after all the years of investment (and efforts by many teaching staff) that progress is not being made- let us hope that the Action Plan in response to this Estyn report will not only set out what needs doing with new leadership but also a sustem of monitoring to enusre the Plan is acted on.
The problems of our education service cannot be solely laid at the door of the LEA: parental attitudes, educational dogma, teaching practice, and wider societal attitudes (and their variation according to socio-economic group) all play a negative part in this story of under achievement.
The coincidence of the school trumpeting the opening of a new entrance and the appearance of this damning report was very revealing.
Secondary education in Wrexham hasn’t just taken a dive in performance, it has been struggling for years. Lesley Griffiths seems to have forgotten Wrexham Council was run by Labour for decades with an ex deputy headteacher as the lead member for education. The results then are almost a mirror image of today, primary schools performing well and Key Stage 4 needing urgent improvement. Time for all politicians to stop playing politics and put the children of Wrexham first and find proper answer to the problem. Education is devolved to the Assembly they own the inspection system, finance and control the way the curriculum is delivered. Wales has no Free Schools or Academy Schools.
I bet the Education Department wont allow the Senedd yr Ifan (Young Peioples forum) in Wrexham to ask any questions of the Educatuion Leads in Wrexham. The Senedd yr Ifan in the past has been restricted from any debate on Council cuts affecting them – £500k of a £750k budget but YP views not taken into account.
Gove our Young Peole a proper voice that is b;pcked
Parents certainly play a big part in non attendance. Rhosnesni High used to phone parents or guardians if a child is marked absent from school. My grand-daughter once missed the attendance roll because of band practice & I received a call to ask why she was absent.
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