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Wales Schools Colour Codes Released

Morriston Primary in Swansea is marking its 150th year - it got Amber in the Welsh Government's National School Categorisation System

There has been an improvement in school performance across Wales.

Introduced in 2014, the National School Categorisation System places schools into one of four colour-coded support categories to demonstrate the level of support they need - green, yellow, amber and red.

There are now more schools in the green and yellow categories when compared to last year. Green schools require just four days of support and yellow schools receive up to 10 days of support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year sees a small change to the factors that decide a school's category. Instead of just looking at areas such as performance, including GCSE results, there is now a much broader assessment that considers areas such as teacher assessments from other subjects, wellbeing and the quality of teaching and learning.

The purpose of including a broader and more sophisticated range of factors is to understand the kind of support needed by a school and to give parents a better picture of how a school is performing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of over 1,500 schools across Wales only 4 appealed against their category.

In summary:

*    85.3 per cent of primary schools and 68.3 per cent of secondary schools are now in the green and yellow categories. This increase from last year continues the upward trend since 2015.

*    There has been a very small rise in the proportion of red schools - those identified as needing most support - by 0.4 percentage points in the primary sector and 2.9 percentage points in the secondary sector.

*   45 per cent of special schools have been categorised as green, and needing less support, with no schools categorised as red and in need of most support.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams said: "I'm pleased to see that more schools are now in the green and yellow categories, which continues with the upward trend we have seen over the past few years.

"These schools have a key role to play in supporting other schools to improve by sharing their expertise, skills and good practice. 

"Last September, I announced that to further raise schools standards we would make changes to the school categorisation system following advice from the OECD.

"As well as taking into account a much broader range of factors about a school's ability to improve, categorisation now places more of an emphasis on discussions about how the school could improve - leading to a tailored programme of support, challenge and intervention.

"I'm confident that the changes we have made to the categorisation process are in the best interests of pupils and will help ensure schools are given the right support at the right time." 

 

No red schools in Swansea!

Schools in Swansea have shown improvement for the fourth successive year under the Welsh Government's school categorisation system.

A record number of schools in the city are in the green category and for the second year running none at all are red.

The categorisation system is not a league table but aims to identify the appropriate level of support each school requires to continue to improve.

There are four colours: green support category schools receive 4 days' support, yellow signifies a ten day package of support, amber means a school needs a 15 day level of support and red schools can access 25 days of support a year.

Of the 79 primary schools in Swansea, 40 require minimal support to improve, which is up from 35 in 2017, 35 are yellow, 4 are amber, which is eight less than last year, and none are red.

There are eight secondary schools categorised green, five yellow and one amber.

Swansea Council will be using the findings to help target support and resources to secure improvement across all schools.

Cllr Jen Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning, said: "Today's ratings from the categorisation scheme are yet another indication of the continuous improvement being made by our schools in Swansea. Schools with high numbers of additional learning needs pupils and deprivation deserve a special thanks for meeting the challenges.

"GCSE and A-level students achieved some outstanding results in the summer. Attendance rates at both primary and secondary schools have risen consistently in recent years and the majority of school inspections in Swansea in the last few year have been very positive.

"We have made education a top priority and have matched this commitment with investment and additional funding. The success stories across our schools reflect a real team effort.

"Swansea is fortunate to have some excellent headteachers and teachers, committed governors and of course a lot of credit must go to parents, carers and other family members for the support they give their children and to the schools they attend."

Current categorisation, places less emphasis on comparative performance data and more emphasis on how effectively a school is led and managed and the quality of teaching and learning.

Cllr Raynor added: "Where schools need additional support we will provide it. In Swansea we are ensuring that good practice is shared throughout all our schools for the benefit of all pupils."

Rob Williams, NAHT - Policy Director Cymru, said: "NAHT Cymru welcomes the increasing evidence of a maturing education system in Wales and the effort and commitment of school leaders and their staff on behalf of their pupils.

"Everyone in education in Wales is keen to raise standards. The Welsh Government, regional consortia, local authorities, Estyn and schools must all work together to make this happen. The efforts of the profession are focused on implementing the far reaching reforms that have been put in place recently.

"We know that the Welsh Government has listened to school leaders and others about school categorisation and we encourage them to continue to do so to develop truly fair and effective methods to hold schools to account. For instance, assessment and exam data are only part of the picture when judging a school's performance or a pupil's success.

"There is also still a need to make sure that when a school's categorisation triggers additional support, there's no danger of this increasing unnecessary workload or stress for school leaders. NAHT Cymru believes that school categorisation should always be about allocating the right type and level of support to every school - however, many still incorrectly assume it is a league table of performance.

"In seeking to hold schools to account, we should always remember to focus on what will best support the progress and achievement of all children and young people."
 

 

FINAL V0.2 Support Categories of all schools using the National Categorisation System Autumn 2017

Capacity to Improve Step 2 / Support Category Step 3

Green Support Category (up to 5 days) Yellow Support Category (up to 10 days) Amber Support Category (up to 15 days) Red Support Category (up to 25 days)

 

Swansea Schools (Below) 


Primary Schools

Birchgrove

A

Green

Bishopston

B

Yellow

Blaenymaes

B

Yellow

Brynhyfryd Primary

B

Yellow
     

Brynmill

A

Green

Burlais

C

(Amber)

Cadle

A

Green

Casllwchwr

A

Green

Christchurch

A

Green

Cila

A

Green
     

Clase

A

Green

Clwyd

B

Yellow

Clydach P

B

Yellow  

Craigcefnparc

B

Yellow

Craigfelen

A

Green

Crwys

B

Yellow

Cwmglas

B

Yellow

Cwmrhydyceirw

A

Green

Danygraig

B

Yellow

Dunvant

B

Yellow

Gendros

A

Green

Glais

A

Green

Glyncollen

A

Green

Gors

B

Yellow

Gorseinon P

A

Green

Gowerton Primary

A

Green

Grange

A

Green

Gwyrosydd

B

Yellow

Hafod

A

Green

Hendrefoilan

B

Yellow

Knelston

B

(Yellow)

Llangyfelach

A

Green

Llanrhidian

A

Green

Mayals

A

Green

Morriston

C

(Amber)

Newton

A

Green

Oystermouth

A

Green

Parkland

A

Green

Penclawdd

B

Yellow

Pengelli

B

Green

Penllergaer

A

Green

Pennard

A

Green

Pentrechwyth

A

Green

Pentre’r Graig

B

Yellow

Pen-y-Fro

A

Green

Penyrheol

B

Yellow

Plasmarl

A

Green

Pontarddulais

B

Green

Pontlliw

A

Green

Pontybrenin

A

Green

Portmead

B

Yellow

Sea View

B

Yellow

Sketty

B

Yellow

St David’s

C

(Amber)

St Helen’s

A

Green

St Illtyd’s

B

Yellow

St Joseph’s P (Clyd)

B

Yellow

St Joseph’s P (Cath)

A

Green

St Thomas

A

Green

Talycopa

A

Green

Terrace Road

A

Green

Townhill

B

Yellow

Trallwn

B

Yellow

Tre Uchaf

B

(Yellow)

Waun Wen

B

Yellow

Waunarlwydd

A

Green

Whitestone

A

Green

Y G G Bryniago

B

Yellow

Y G G Bryn-Y-Mor

A

Yellow

Y G G Felindre

C

Amber

Y G G Gellionnen

B

Yellow

Y G G Llwynderw

A

Yellow

Y G G Lonlas

B

Yellow

Y G G Pontybrenin

B

Yellow

YGG Tan-y-lan

B

  Yellow*  

Y G G Tirdeunaw

A

Green

YG Y Cwm

B

Yellow*     

YGG Y Login Fach

B

Yellow

Ynystawe

A

Green

 

 (  ) = Estyn Follow-up

 

 

 

2014 (80)

2015 (79)

2016 (79)

2017 (79)

Green

16 (20%)

29 (37%)

35 (44.%)

40 (50%)

Yellow

43 (50%)

35 (44%)

32 (41%)

35 (44%)

Amber

18 (23%)

14 (18%)

12 (15%)

4 (6%)

Red

3 (7%)

1 (1%)

0

0

 

 

 

School Name

 

Capacity to Improve / Support Category 2014

Capacity to Improve / Support Category 2015

Capacity to Improve / Support Category 2016

Capacity to Improve / Support Category 2017

       

SECONDARY (14)

  Birchgrove

C

Yellow

B

Amber

C

Amber

C

Amber

Bishop Gore

A

Green

A

Green

A

Green

A

Green

Bishop Vaughan

B

Yellow

B

Yellow

B

Amber

B

Yellow

 Bishopston

A

Green

A

Green

A

Green

A

Green

Cefn Hengoed

C

Yellow

A

Green

A

Green

A

Green

Dylan Thomas

C

Amber

B

Yellow

B

Yellow

B

Yellow

 Gowerton

A

Green

A

Green   Green

A

Green

Morriston

D

Red

C

(Amber)

B

Yellow

B

Yellow

 Olchfa

A

Green

A

Green   Green

A

Green

Pentrehafod

C

Yellow

A

Yellow

B

Yellow

B

Yellow

 Penyrheol

B

Yellow

B

Yellow

B

Yellow

A

Yellow

Pontarddulais

B

Yellow

A

Green

A

Green

A

Green

YG Bryn Tawe

B

Yellow

A

Green

A

Green

A

Green

YG Gwyr

A

Green

A

Green

A

Green

A

Green

SPECIAL (2)

Ysgol Crug Glas

A

Green

 B

Yellow

B

Amber

C

(Amber)

Penybryn

A

Green

 A

Green

A

Green

A

Green

PRU

Swansea PRU

C

Amber

D

Red

C

Amber

B

Amber

 

 

 

National Categorisation

Primary

Secondary

PRU

Special

TOTAL

Green Support

40

8

0

1

49

Yellow Support

35

5

0

0

40

Amber Support

4

1

1

1

7

Red Support

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

79

 14

1

2

96

 

 Check out Neath Port Talbot here: 

https://www.thewave.co.uk/news/local/revealed-neath-port-talbot-schools/

 

And Carmarthenshire here: 

https://www.thewave.co.uk/news/local/latest-carmarthenshire-schools-revealed/

 

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