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Strong progress made on key education priorities

Strong progress has been made in meeting the five key priorities set for education in Swansea, a report going to the council's cabinet states.

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These include improving the quality of leadership, teaching and learning experience at all schools;  developing and implementing a new additional learning needs (ALN) strategy and a new wellbeing and behaviour strategy.

There has also been further work in improving the provision for pupils educated other than at school (EOTAS) and reintegrating pupils back into mainstream education as well as ensuring all learning activities take place in safe environments.

The report also outlines the priorities for the coming year.

It comes following two years of very strong inspection reports for schools across Swansea.

Bishopston, Olchfa, Bishop Vaughan, Crug Glas and Penyrheol have all been rated highly by Estyn and inspectors have also praised the vast majority of the primary schools they have visited including Cwmrhydyceirw, Craigfelen, Cwm Glas, Terrace Road, Pennard, Gendros, Pentre'r Graig and YGG Pontybrenin.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "I am very pleased with the progress that has been made in relation to all five priorities that we identified for the last academic year.

"We have strong leadership in most of our schools where there is excellent teaching taking place in surroundings where pupils feel valued and safe.

"Our schools are sharing best practice and innovations that are working well and the report makes it clear that this is having a positive impact across Swansea."

Good progress has been made on the new education strategies while the number of EOTAS pupils who have been integrated back into mainstream education has increased annually.

Work is starting this month on a new purpose built home for the EOTAS service which will replace the outdated accommodation scattered at different locations in Swansea.

School attendance rates in Swansea remain good compared with similar authorities in Wales and no safeguarding issues were identified in any school in Swansea inspected in the last academic year.

Cllr Raynor added: "Overall the picture is very encouraging indeed and I would like to thank our education department and our schools for the progress that is being made.

"We are determined that this continues as ensuring every child in Swansea has access to a good education so that they can maximise their potential is a top priority for Swansea Council."

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