15 Gwent schools to benefit from £20m plan

15 Gwent schools to benefit from £20m improvement plan

15 Gwent schools to benefit from £20m improvement plan

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FIFTEEN schools in Gwent are to be part of a Welsh Government programme to boost standards.

The £20 million programme targets schools that are underperforming and where it is believed they could be doing better, and could improve quickly.

Each school will get a package of support that will be individually tailored under the Pathways to Success Schools scheme.

Some 40 secondary school from across Wales are taking part, selected using a range of different criteria including free school meal eligibility and exam results.

Advisors with expertise in the field of education will help to implement the programme from September onwards.

Gwent’s schools are:

In Blaenau Gwent: Abertillery Comprehensive, Ebbw Fawr Learning Community, Tredegar Comprehensive School

In Caerphilly: Bedwas High School, Blackwood Comprehensive School, Heolddu Comprehensive School, St Cenydd School, St Martin's School

In Newport: Llanwern High School, Lliswerry High School, St Julian's School

In Torfaen: Abersychan Comprehensive, Fairwater High School, Llantarnam School, West Monmouth School

The plan will also work with each school’s feeder primaries.

Huw Lewis, Welsh education minister, launching the scheme, said: “I’ve made no secret of my desire for a relentless focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning here in Wales.

“These schools have been chosen as we believe they have the potential to make swift and lasting improvements which will benefit learners in the short term and long into the future.”

The scheme is all part of Schools Challenge Cymru, the Welsh Government’s improvement programme for schools operating in “challenging circumstances”.

Similar programmes have been seen in London and Manchester.

It’s appointed champion is Professor Mel Ainscow, who was chief advisor to the Greater Manchester Challenge between 2007 and 2011.

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12:29pm Thu 1 May 14

Floppy backed says...

Be interesting to see if chucking money at the problem is going to make improvements. Money isn't going to improve the behaviour of children who have been brought up to be disrespectful. Poor teaching by staff who need to move on because they have lost puff yet cant move on because nowhere to go and no job outside the public sector offers such great perks.

Lets hope there is some sports programme or practical skills for those who are not academic but are practical. Children who are left behind because they are not high achievers get frustrated and hence disruptive.

Perhaps start by giving them 'dress skills', 'speech and grammar skills' and polishing their shoes is a good start. Lets start with basics that teach them what they need for the 'working' world not the 'claiming' world.
Be interesting to see if chucking money at the problem is going to make improvements. Money isn't going to improve the behaviour of children who have been brought up to be disrespectful. Poor teaching by staff who need to move on because they have lost puff yet cant move on because nowhere to go and no job outside the public sector offers such great perks. Lets hope there is some sports programme or practical skills for those who are not academic but are practical. Children who are left behind because they are not high achievers get frustrated and hence disruptive. Perhaps start by giving them 'dress skills', 'speech and grammar skills' and polishing their shoes is a good start. Lets start with basics that teach them what they need for the 'working' world not the 'claiming' world. Floppy backed
  • Score: 10

2:55pm Thu 1 May 14

Explainitplease says...

Isn't Llantarnam closing?
Isn't Llantarnam closing? Explainitplease
  • Score: 3

4:44pm Thu 1 May 14

Magic Rat says...

Funny. An article about education that ends "it's appointed champion . . . "
I assume the reporter went to one of those schools that's failing its ( no apostrophe ) pupils
Funny. An article about education that ends "it's appointed champion . . . " I assume the reporter went to one of those schools that's failing its ( no apostrophe ) pupils Magic Rat
  • Score: -3

4:47pm Thu 1 May 14

welshmen says...

Just shows how some of the Education system in Wales is not fit for purpose, I don't blame the teachers, they should be given a Medal for turning up every Monday, how can you educate young pupils when most are not disciplined and a lot not being able to speak English, one month in boot camp for every pupil before they start the Comprehensive School, and Immigrant pupils have to speak English before attending our Schools....
Just shows how some of the Education system in Wales is not fit for purpose, I don't blame the teachers, they should be given a Medal for turning up every Monday, how can you educate young pupils when most are not disciplined and a lot not being able to speak English, one month in boot camp for every pupil before they start the Comprehensive School, and Immigrant pupils have to speak English before attending our Schools.... welshmen
  • Score: 2

5:43pm Thu 1 May 14

Magic Rat says...

How do you manage to turn a piece about raising standards in school into a rant about immigration? Most teachers will tell you that the hardest working students are those whose parents have come here to improve their lot. They see the value in education.
How do you manage to turn a piece about raising standards in school into a rant about immigration? Most teachers will tell you that the hardest working students are those whose parents have come here to improve their lot. They see the value in education. Magic Rat
  • Score: 6

5:58pm Thu 1 May 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

......is this how St Julians can afford an 'all -expenses paid community, parent and staff dinner' on the 4 July which is open to residents in the locale....we've just received a 3 page colour leaflet....telling us about 'an evening of entertainment including 3 course meal, a raffle, fund raising and hospitality'....

by the way.....the NHS has realised that correspondence doesn't have to be sent out with expensive coloured stationery....so why does the school waste money doing it.....they're obviously not that strapped for cash....or heard of the in words 'efficiency savings'....
......is this how St Julians can afford an 'all -expenses paid community, parent and staff dinner' on the 4 July which is open to residents in the locale....we've just received a 3 page colour leaflet....telling us about 'an evening of entertainment including 3 course meal, a raffle, fund raising and hospitality'.... by the way.....the NHS has realised that correspondence doesn't have to be sent out with expensive coloured stationery....so why does the school waste money doing it.....they're obviously not that strapped for cash....or heard of the in words 'efficiency savings'.... Dave on his Soapbox
  • Score: 2

8:36pm Thu 1 May 14

welshmen says...

Magic Rat wrote:
How do you manage to turn a piece about raising standards in school into a rant about immigration? Most teachers will tell you that the hardest working students are those whose parents have come here to improve their lot. They see the value in education.
"How do you manage to turn a piece about raising standards in school into a rant about immigration?" why is the truth classed as a rant? "They see the value in education". are you suggesting the other pupils don't?

Speaking our language is the best way to start in our Schools, when teachers have to spend more time on each pupil who cant speak English is lost in not teaching the pupils who can speak English, ask some one who is in a School with pupils that don't speak English, I have spoken to friends who have children in this situation, the least immigrants can do is see that their child can speak the teachers language, all the schooling is free unlike other Countries, standards are dropping in Gwent hence the £20 Million to be spent on failing schools, also many teachers will say that Foreign pupils are hard to teach until they can communicate fully with them, we know there are Foreign pupils who do very well at our schools the Guardianist's on here will tell you that these pupils do better that the Native pupils....Finally, Are you ok with English being taught as a foreign language in our schools?....
[quote][p][bold]Magic Rat[/bold] wrote: How do you manage to turn a piece about raising standards in school into a rant about immigration? Most teachers will tell you that the hardest working students are those whose parents have come here to improve their lot. They see the value in education.[/p][/quote]"How do you manage to turn a piece about raising standards in school into a rant about immigration?" why is the truth classed as a rant? "They see the value in education". are you suggesting the other pupils don't? Speaking our language is the best way to start in our Schools, when teachers have to spend more time on each pupil who cant speak English is lost in not teaching the pupils who can speak English, ask some one who is in a School with pupils that don't speak English, I have spoken to friends who have children in this situation, the least immigrants can do is see that their child can speak the teachers language, all the schooling is free unlike other Countries, standards are dropping in Gwent hence the £20 Million to be spent on failing schools, also many teachers will say that Foreign pupils are hard to teach until they can communicate fully with them, we know there are Foreign pupils who do very well at our schools the Guardianist's on here will tell you that these pupils do better that the Native pupils....Finally, Are you ok with English being taught as a foreign language in our schools?.... welshmen
  • Score: -4

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