School colour code ratings should be “taken with a pinch of salt”, says Darren Millar AM

Newly published annual categorisation results for Welsh schools have shown a small improvement on last year, which a senior Welsh Conservative says should be taken with a “pinch of salt”.

Darren Millar AM, Welsh Conservative Shadow Education Secretary, said the improvements can be attributed to the Welsh Government’s recent alterations to the assessment matrix.

He said: “These results should be taken with a pinch of salt. The latest Estyn report showed that school performance is standing still, while last summer’s GCSEs were the worst in a decade. Taken together, these results therefore stand at odds with the impression given by today’s ratings.

“The Welsh Labour-led Government have also changed the scoring matrix this year; many of the schools banded green would not have been in the green category had they been consistent with last year's scoring tool.

"If we want an education system that competes with the best in the world, then we must be honest about the failings in Welsh schools - and work with the teaching profession and other stakeholders to solve them."