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Record greens and no reds as school categorisation published

Swansea schools are continuing to improve thanks to the sharing of expertise and support provided by experienced teachers to colleagues, according to the Welsh Government's categorisation system.

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It shows improvements across the city for the sixth year in a row with the majority of schools rated green and no schools red.

The categorisation system is not a league table but aims to identify the appropriate level of support each school requires to continue to improve.

There are four colours: green support category schools receive 4 days' support, yellow signifies a ten day package of support, amber means a school needs a 15 day level of support and red schools can access 25 days of support a year.

Of the 77 primary schools in Swansea a record 56 are green, so require minimal support to improve further. Another 20 are yellow.

There are 10 secondary schools categorised green and the other four are yellow.

Swansea Council uses the findings to help target support and resources to secure improvement across all schools.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "There is inspiring work taking place in many of our schools and I'm really pleased with the cooperation between leadership teams that are sharing good practice.

"This is helping to drive up standards across the board as can be witnessed by the very positive school inspection reports we have seen across Swansea in recent years.

"Education is a priority for this council and I'm very pleased to see that the investment we are making in education and attainment is helping schools to continue to improve and is giving pupils the best chance to achieve their full potential.

"It is also credit to teachers and I would like to thank parents, carers and other family members for the support they give their children too.

"Schools with high numbers of additional learning needs pupils and deprivation deserve a special thanks for meeting the challenges.

"This year I have also been really impressed with some of the work and partnerships that have been developed in our comprehensive schools around vocational learning and the increased options that are now available to our pupils preparing for life after school.

"We will continue to provide targeted assistance to all our schools ranging from challenge and support for teaching staff to improving school facilities and buildings."

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