Education in Caerphilly County Borough labelled as adequate by inspectors Estyn
Council education bosses have been told to improve standards by school inspectors Estyn.
A report by Estyn into the quality of education services for children and young people in Caerphilly County Borough deemed it adequate with plenty of room for improvement.
It noted the council had not met its Welsh Government benchmark at key stage 3 in the last three years and that secondary schools had not been held consistently to account for their performance and that improvement in some schools had been too slow.
The report also stated the number of pupils excluded from schools for five days or less had risen notably and that since the last inspection in 2009, there had been little progress in reducing the
“significant” number of surplus places in both secondary and primary schools.
However, the report did highlight above average performances for schools when compared with schools in other areas with similar numbers of pupils eligible for free meals.
Caerphilly was also noted as being successfully reducing the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).
Cllr Rhianon Passmore, cabinet member for education and lifelong learning said the council fully noted the contents of Estyn’s report and accepted its recommendations.
She said: “While we are pleased to note that real progress continues to be made in a number of key areas, we acknowledge that we must continue to focus on improving attainment in other areas to
“We continue to make further raising standards in education across our county borough a priority.”
The report also highlighted that processes were in place to identify pupils early on who had additional learning needs and who needed additional support for their physical and learning needs.
The council has said it will produce an action plan based on the report’s recommendations with progress monitored by Estyn.Follow @CaerphillyObsvr