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Schools in Swansea improve for fifth year running

The sharing of expertise between schools and the support experienced teachers are providing to colleagues is paying dividends in Swansea, according to the Welsh Government's categorisation system.

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It shows improvements across the city for the fifth year in a row with more than 95% of all schools in the city rated green or yellow.

The categorisation system is not a league table but aims to identify the appropriate level of support each school requires to continue to improve.

There are four colours: green support category schools receive 4 days' support, yellow signifies a ten day package of support, amber means a school needs a 15 day level of support and red schools can access 25 days of support a year.

Of the 79 primary schools in Swansea 47 are green, so require minimal support to improve further, which is up from 40 in 2018. Another 28 are yellow, 3 are amber and one is red.

There are nine secondary schools categorised green and the other five are yellow.

Swansea Council uses the findings to help target support and resources to secure improvement across all schools.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "Swansea Council has prioritised education and I'm very pleased to see that the investment we are making in education and attainment is helping schools to continue to improve and is giving pupils the best chance to achieve their full potential.

"It is also credit to teachers and I would like to thank parents, carers and other family members for the support they give their children too.

"Schools with high numbers of additional learning needs pupils and deprivation deserve a special thanks for meeting the challenges.

"We will continue to provide targeted assistance to all our schools ranging from challenge and support for teaching staff to improving school facilities and buildings."

Today's categorisation findings back up a report that went to cabinet earlier this month that found strong progress has been made in meeting the five key priorities set for education in Swansea.

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.

Cllr Raynor added: "I think there is a very clear picture for patents and families that our schools are performing very well. We are determined that this continues and in Swansea we are ensuring that good practice is shared throughout all our schools for the benefit of all pupils."

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