Barely good enough
2:30pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Letters
THE recent inspection of the Vale of Glamorgan's educational provision by Estyn, the government's educational watchdog raises serious issues.
The report informs us that the Vale has failed to follow recommendations given to it by Estyn to rectify shortcomings identified three years ago!
The Vale clearly has not done its homework. This is not the good example it should be setting to the pupils in its schools.
School funding in the Vale is another matter of concern. Vale Secondary pupils have less money spent on them than any other local authority in Wales. Primary school pupils come bottom but one in the pupil spending per head league. Knowing that English schools are funded on average £600 more per pupil per year. Vale pupils are clearly disadvantaged regarding the purchase of text books and equipment.
This longstanding disadvantage is unlikely to change in the current period of austerity.
A considerable improvement must be made if the Vale's Estyn evaluation is to rise above adequate, described by former Education Minister Leighton Andrews as "barely good enough"