The WLGA has today added its full support to a new Welsh Government implementation plan that sets an ambitious agenda for educational reform in Wales.
Launched by the Minister for Education, Leighton Andrews AM, the ‘Improving Schools’ plan outlines the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in ensuring that education standards continue to improve in Wales, and identifies the key actions that need to be taken until 2015.
The plan focuses on the need to improve education attainment levels in the core areas of literacy and numeracy, while challenging the effects of social deprivation on educational performance.
Setting an ambitious target of 65 percent of 15 year olds achieving grades A-C in maths and literature by 2015, the plan aims to bring Wales in line with the top performing countries in the world in terms of its educational performance.
Councillor Ali Thomas (Neath Port Talbot), WLGA Spokesperson for Education and Workforce commented:
“The latest improvement plan sets ambitious targets for educational improvement in Wales, which is a challenge that local government is committed to meeting. The plan targets leaders at all levels of the education system, and clarifies how people at every level will need to work towards providing a positive educational environment for our young people. Every council in Wales is committed to developing a Welsh education system that competes with the best countries in the world, and to ensuring that our young people are provided with the very best start in life.”
Councillor Huw David (Bridgend), Deputy Spokesperson for Education added:
“The four regional educational consortia launched by local government earlier this summer fully supports the need for leadership at all levels of the education system. Based on the principle of system leadership, the use of professional learning communities, and harnessing the brightest and best talent within the education system, the consortia will play a vital role in transforming school improvement across Wales.”