Welsh Lib Dems call for new system that puts pupils first

2013 Ebrill 30 11:52 AM

In their debate this week, the Welsh Liberal Democrats are putting forward ideas to put pupils first and transform Wales' education system.

Based on a policy paper that was overwhelmingly supported by party delegates at their conference, the Welsh Liberal Democrat debate calls for the development of an individual pupil monitoring programme to measure pupils' progress. This would allow schools to target efforts at pupils who are not meeting their potential.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are also calling for the school banding system to be reformed in order to ensure that it measures schools performance based on pupil achievement. This would include re-structuring the system to demonstrate how well schools are achieving in supporting pupils to meet their own potential.

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams, commented:

"For too long education in Wales has been allowed to fall behind the rest of the UK. This trend can not be allowed to continue. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are putting forward fresh ideas that are putting pupils' interests first.

"The constant Welsh Labour Government policy changes, strategy churn and U-turns have not made it easy for local education authorities and schools to improve so our calls wouldn't lead to structural reform. Rather, we are instead looking to adapt our proposals to the new system.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats believe that Wales needs an individual pupil monitoring system to measure pupils' progress. This would allow schools to target efforts at pupils who are not meeting their potential. The way to develop the best results for individual students is to focus on their individual abilities, needs and challenges. That way we can develop a school system that puts pupils first.

"It is unlikely that the banding system will be dropped by this Education Minister. Nonetheless, hopefully he will see that there is scope for it to be adapted and improved to a more pupil-centred approach. It should measure school performance by how well they are supporting pupils to meet their own potential.

"I can't help but be disappointed, although not altogether surprised, by amendments made to our debate. Typically, the Welsh Labour Government has deleted any calls for action - once again hiding from the problems that Wales faces. Likewise, the Welsh Conservatives are also intent on being a barrier to progress. Before the Assembly elections the Tories disgracefully wanted to cut education spending in Wales by 20% - it would appear their nonchalant attitude towards education hasn't changed."

Beth hoffech chi ei wneud nesaf?