The WLGA has welcomed a positive report on the performance of the four regional education consortia and their shared school improvement services, which were launched in September 2012 to help improve education standards in Wales.
With an independent report commissioned by the Welsh Government summarising that the shared school improvement services have been performing well through their initial set up stages, it is hoped that this collaborative approach to education improvement services will raise standards and improve outcomes as well as using resources as efficiently and as effectively as possible.
The review was based on a series of ‘tests’ designed to evaluate the progress each consortium has made against the commitments and milestones identified within their business cases.
Councillor Ali Thomas (Neath Port Talbot), WLGA Spokesperson for Education said:
“The review into the performance of the new shared services run by the regional education consortia in Wales has produced a number of highly positive findings for local government, and shows that Wales has come a long way in a short space of time in terms of its readiness to deliver regional school improvement services.
“The report specifically highlights the commitment that has been made to making the new regional arrangements work, while also identifying encouraging signs of progress. Local government in Wales has repeatedly affirmed its commitment to working positively with its partners to improve education services in Wales and this report shows how local councils are now delivering on this commitment.
“There is a huge amount of work still to be done and the consortia will now be focusing on embedding systems and governance arrangements, improving communications and developing the effectiveness of system leader engagement with their local schools and head teachers. Education remains our highest priority and we are determined to improve outcomes for children and young people in Wales.”