Education services’ annual assessment
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
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
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
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.