The Cabinet Secretary for Education recently announced a proposal to no longer routinely publish teacher assessment data and National Reading and Numeracy Tests data below the national level, from 2018/19 onwards.
Welsh Government has today published a consultation to seek public views upon the proposed changes. A link to the consultation, which closes on 30 January 2018, is available to access below.
The site contains a wealth of data from contextual information, such as data on pupil numbers and characteristics, to school performance, attendance and data on staffing and finance. The performance data within the site is also set within context. For example schools are benchmarked against schools with similar levels of Free School Meals and compared against schools in the same "families" (groups of schools facing a broadly equivalent level of challenge). We believe that this is the best and fairest way of considering the performance of a school.
The site has been developed to allow on-line access to detailed data about the performance of a school and to help parents understand, engage with and support their local school. However the data will only go so far in describing the performance of a school and it is important to consider other sources of information, such as Estyn Reports and the schools themselves, in considering which school your child may wish to attend.
My Local School seeks to reflect the performance of all pupils in a school so that the approach is inclusive and consistently applied. This reflects the inclusive approach taken to Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Wales and the Welsh Government’s central concern for the outcomes for all learners.
It is important to note that the provision for Special Educational Needs (SEN) pupils may vary from school to school – some schools may have designated units in which all pupils with SEN are taught, while in other schools SEN pupils may be educated in mainstream classes. For further information about the nature of SEN provision in individual schools, the schools should be contacted directly.
If you have any queries or feedback, please send any feedback you may have to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox marking the e-mail as "Query/Feedback about My Local School"
My Local School will be updated from the autumn each year as new data becomes available.
The site was awarded second place in a national award by the Royal Statistical Society in 2013 in their annual awards in the category for public sector presentation and communication.