Say what you are doing to improve school performance, Plaid Cymru demand


Phil Bevan

Plaid Cymru councillors are calling on ruling Labour leaders to spell out how it plans to help improve standards at schools in the Caerphilly county borough.

The newly published Welsh Government colour coding system revealed that 11 of the area’s 14 secondary schools were in need of improvement. Of the area’s primaries 12 were rated green, 45 yellow, 16 amber and 2 red.

At a Plaid Cymru group meeting concern was expressed that the controlling Labour group had yet to issue a statement on how they planned to assist those schools found to be needing help and guidance so standards can be improved.

Councillor Phil Bevan, Shadow Education spokesperson, said: “The Labour controlled council needs to say what it is doing to support teachers and improve outcomes for pupils at our schools.

“We need to see an action plan on how improvement is to be achieved. We must ensure the education of our children is of the highest standard, whichever school they attend. It is also essential that parents are given information from their schools on how standards are to be improved, and we will be pursuing this.”

Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid group, said its councillors intended raising the situation at future meetings until a plan was produced which will ensure all schools are moving up the colour coded ladder.

“The Cabinet had the opportunity earlier this month to discuss school performance but merely nodded the report through. They need to spell out to parents what they are doing.”

The assessments of Caerphilly’ secondary schools were:

·         GREEN – Highly Effective -Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni

·         YELLOW – Effective - Newbridge, Oakdale

·         AMBER – In need of improvement - Pontllanfraith, Blackwood, Risca, Lewis Pengam, Lewis Girls, Rhymney, Bedwas, Cwmcarn

·         RED – In need of greater improvement - St Cenydd, St Martin’s, Heolddu