Neath Port Talbot pupils praised for improvement
EDUCATION bosses have praised an improvement in pupil performance in Neath Port Talbot.
The annual report on pupil performance for 2011 to 2012 has revealed areas of "significant improvement and success".
Head of learning and inclusion Aled Evans said 2012 was a successful year for pupils throughout the county.
Successes include a marked improvement in literacy outcomes and continued improvement in numeracy outcomes at all key stages, a continued reduction in the number of permanent and fixed term exclusions, a continued improvement in pupil attendance across both primary and secondary sectors, and an increase in the performance of pupils entitled to free school meals.
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"There were again areas of significant improvement," he said.
"However, such is our shared ambition and aspiration in this authority that we will continue to support and challenge schools to secure further improvements."
In the report, Mr Evans said Neath Port Talbot schools had again "excelled" at inspection with Cwmnedd Primary and Mynachlog Nedd Junior schools securing good outcomes.
He said: "Particular mention must be made of Blaenhonddan Primary School and Llangatwg Community School who both secured excellent evaluations in both overall judgements and two of the three key questions.
"On a negative note, Tonnau Primary School was judged by Estyn inspectors to be in need of significant improvement.
"Offices are currently working with the school to ensure rapid improvement."
Key stage 2 performance in reading, writing and maths has improved by 8.1 per cent since 2009 and exceeds the national rate of improvement by two per cent, the figures show.
Key stage 3 performance in reading, writing and maths has improved by 6.2 per cent since 2009.
There is also a two per cent increase in key stage 4 performance in level two including English/Welsh and maths.
"Last year, I highlighted the need to address variation in performance and accelerate the rate of improvement at key stages 1 and 2 relative to our benchmark comparatives," he said.
"This has been achieved.
"We remain committed to delivering improved outcomes in literacy and numeracy across all ages.
"Excellent teaching is the most effective component in delivering improved outcomes.
"We will continue to work with our school community to establish a programme of professional development that will realise consistent excellence in the quality if teaching in all classrooms.
"I have no doubt that we have the ability, the strategy and the vision to achieve this."