Colour-Coded School Performance System Scrapped

A new colour-coded system for measuring how schools in Wales perform is being scrapped, the Welsh government has announced. The National School Categorisation System rated schools green, yellow, amber and red depending on how much help they needed. It will be replaced by “a robust self-evaluation system”, Education Minister Jeremy Miles said. Some head teachers and parents have welcomed the move. However, the Welsh Conservatives have called it “change for its sake.”

The process, which was introduced in 2015, has been criticised for labelling schools and encouraging competition. However, it has been paused during the coronavirus pandemic.

Miles said the new system would focus on “support and improvement” rather than “categorisation and stigma”. “Our ambition is for every school in Wales to be a good school,” he said. “The changes we are making will help us achieve that by providing the right support at the right time.”

Welsh Conservative education spokesman Darren Millar said the move was “nothing more than a cynical exercise in rebranding”. “This is yet another example of this Labour-Plaid Cymru government’s ideological obsession with centralisation and top-down control,” he said.


Head of policy for NUT Cymru, David Evans, said the union had long called for the system to be scrapped. “It has been used as a stick to beat schools rather than a tool to improve them,” he said. “We hope the new system will focus on working with schools to improve student outcomes, rather than simply allocating blame.”

Parent Laura Thomas said the old system had caused “much anxiety”. “It was very stressful not knowing which category your child’s school was in,” she said. “I’m hoping the new system will be more about support and less about labels.”

This new form of tracking progress will not only provide useful information for school staff to improve their students’ performances. Still, it will help ease parents’ anxiety about their child’s schooling. Schools will still be able to compare themselves with others, but the new system will encourage collaboration instead of competition.

As Amaze Playz play centre in Cardiff begins to think about where their young children will go to school, most parents are relieved that the new system will be more supportive.

Ellis, the mother of an 11-month-old daughter, said she is most concerned with the quality of care and after-school clubs rather than academic standards. The new system focusing on “support and improvement” will help ensure that all schools provide a safe and nurturing environment for their students.

This new system will provide parents with the peace of mind that their children are receiving the best education possible and that the schools are working collaboratively to support all students.

Considering the factors such as “are the teachers nice?” and “is she going to be looked after?”, the Welsh government’s new system for measuring schools’ performances is much more beneficial for parents and students alike. The old system was unnecessarily stressful and did not provide any useful information about how to improve schools. The new system will help ease parents’ anxiety, provide useful information for school staff, and encourage collaboration between schools.


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