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Education services’ annual assessment

Published: 10/02/2017

Flintshire continues to improve at all key stages, members of the Council’s Cabinet will hear on Tuesday, 14 February. The Council undertakes a self-evaluation of its Education Services every year, to help it to pinpoint areas for improvement, including those highlighted for improvement by inspectors. The purpose of the Cabinet report is to receive Member contributions to the latest self-evaluation draft. The Leader of the Council, Councillor Aaron Shotton, said: “The percentage of learners leaving school without a qualification and the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) remains exceptionally low in Flintshire. At 1.3% in 2015 the proportion of Year 11 NEETS was lowest in Wales and lowest ever Flintshire figure for the second consecutive year.” Cabinet members will also hear that improvements have been particularly positive in primary school categorisation (under the national model) and in learner outcomes at Foundation Phase, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Public confidence in local education is high. People in Flintshire gave the second highest rating for the state of education in the 2015 National Survey for Wales. The assessment also shows that support for additional learning needs and social inclusion is good. Safeguarding arrangements are robust and monitored carefully. School attendance remains high, with levels of unauthorised attendance in both primary and secondary schools remaining significantly below the national average and with the secondary schools achieving the lowest national level of 0.4%. The school modernisation programme is also making good progress. Continuing to improve learner outcomes, particularly in the secondary sector and for vulnerable groups, together with improving leadership and resilience in schools causing concern remain priorities for the Council. This self-evaluation shows that the Council continues to perform well as compared with other Welsh councils. The self-evaluation also shows how the Council has been working positively to make progress in areas that were deemed in need of improvement by Estyn. Flintshire County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Chris Bithell, said: “Self-evaluation is very important in recognising both the many strengths in Flintshires education services and areas for improvement.