Taffia Don: Welsh Nationalist Commentary


Tuesday, March 29, 2011
  2011 0329 – AFTER 12 YEARS OF LABOUR GOVERNANCE: WE ARE STANDING ON THE BRINK OF EDUCATIONAL ABYSS.

The BBC have reported a damning report that is the result of 12 years of stewardship of the educational system in Wales. The report says that a “downward spiral” could result without urgent action, I hope that the forthcoming election will provide a damning verdict on Labour achievements and boot them into opposition.


After reading this I will concentrate more on the parties educational proposals.


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Too many schools are "coasting", it says, and standards of literacy and numeracy are too low.


It says that some local authorities "lack the capacity" to improve the performance of their schools.


"If urgent steps are not taken, then we could well enter a downward spiral in terms of performance," it says.


Standards of literacy and numeracy are significantly lower than they should be in Wales, it says.


The group was hopeful that the learn-through-play foundation phase for under sevens would help raise standards in literacy and numeracy. But it said that without diagnostic testing the phase will "not be well founded". "If we are not careful standards will regress rather than improve because of the introduction of the foundation phase," it says.


A third of education spending - or £1.3bn - was swallowed by administration.

 
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