Rebecca Evans, Welsh Labour's Assembly Candidate for Gower, has welcomed progress made by Gower schools after the Welsh Labour Government released the results of its National School Categorisation system. The categorisation sees schools being put into one of four colour coded support categories on an annual basis in order to determine the level of support it needs.
Under the system there are four categories - green, yellow, amber and red. Schools in the green category are already doing well and are deemed to be in need of the least support while schools in the red category are those identified as needing the most support. Each school’s category is determined by a range of factors including the quality of its leadership, its performance data, self evaluation by the school, and its wider capacity to improve.
Rebecca Evans said: "I am pleased that primary and secondary schools across Gower are continuing to improve. Improvement at Casllwchwr, for example, has been recognised not only in the categorisation, but also in the recent Estyn school inspection.
"Raised standards of education across the constituency are the result of strong leadership from the Welsh Government, and hard work and dedication of our teachers and staff who strive to ensure that their pupils are supported to achieve their full potential. It is also a tribute to the work of the Labour administration in Swansea which, despite savage cuts from the Westminster Government, is doing all it can to support schools and young people.
"The increase in the attainment of pupils eligible for free school meals is also something which is to be welcomed, and lays the foundation for further progress.
"This all follows on from last summer's GCSE results which were the best we have ever seen in Wales. Tribute must also go to our pupils who are working so hard week after week."
More than half of secondary schools across Swansea are green and none are red. Thirty seven of the seventy nine primary schools across Swansea are also green, compared to twenty nine last year, and just two are red.
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