Think Tank Recruited to Improve Schools; Minister Calls in OECD to Raise Wales Standards
Byline: TOM BODDEN Welsh Affairs Correspondent
AN international think tank is to review education in Wales and draw up ideas to raise standards.
Education minister Leighton Andrews yesterday invited the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to carry out the study of schooling for 3-16 year olds.
Its findings, to be presented in March 2014, will provide an external assessment of the quality of teaching and equity of outcomes for young people.
Mr Andrews made the announcement while visiting Paris to meet OECD representatives on how to implement international best practice in Wales. Key objectives for the review will draw on lessons from the 2010 PISA tests which ranked Wales 38th for reading, 40th for maths and 30th for the tests for science out of the 67 countries.
Wales was bottom of the UK nations in the international tests of 15-year-olds and was below average in all three disciplines of reading, maths and science.
The minister invited the OECD to highlight areas of policy and its implementation which might add further value to the reform programme for improving education in Wales.
The review will consider the reform programme in Wales and comment on whether the action plans was enough to offer all children the chance of success.
It will also consider the outcomes for young people from different social backgrounds and those children with additional needs, such as looked after children, children with English as an additional language, from different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. …