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No categorisation for Welsh schools next year

The move is to give them space to focus on pupils' needs during pandemic

Welsh schools won’t be categorised during the next academic year

The Welsh Government’s making the move as part of measures to reduce pressure on schools during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Every year, primary and secondary schools are measured against a range of factors and placed into a colour-coded category.

The updated categories are published every January on the My Local School website.

The Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, said:

“I recognise the difficult circumstances schools are currently operating in. My priority is to allow staff to focus their energies on the needs of pupils during these extraordinary and challenging times.

“I am committed to help reduce the administrative workload on education settings, where it is appropriate and safe to do so. I have temporarily relaxed requirements to undertake national tests and assessments and also worked with Estyn to pause its inspection arrangements.

 “These steps will help give schools the space to continue the fantastic work they are doing in supporting their learners.”

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