Central South Consortium welcomes Ministers’ emphasis on self-improving schools


Published 06 October 2014


The Minister for Education has launched the Welsh Government’s vision for education in Wales for the next 6 years, with an emphasis on self-improving school systems at its core.


And with 408 schools across the Central South region, covering Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan, already committed to the Central South Wales Challenge, his vision isn’t far away.


Launched in January, the Central South Wales Challenge has created School Improvement Groups (SIGs), made up of around 11 primary schools or 7 secondary schools, which allow schools to identify strengths, and share and develop them across all the schools involved.


In addition to the creation of SIGs, the Challenge has established a series of Pathfinder relationships, consisting of a support school and a pathfinder school, which research has shown sees significant improvements in both schools.


Cllr Christopher Elmore, Central South Consortium Joint Committee Chair and the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “The Central South Wales Challenge is designed to build capacity across schools, so they can learn from each other and lead a self-improving school system. We are delighted by the uptake and engagement of schools in School Improvement Groups and pathfinders.


“Our aspiration is for all education authorities in the region to be amongst the top performing in Wales in absolute terms. Children in this region deserve no less and I am confident in the work that we are doing with schools, with the Consortium and with Welsh Government that we can build upon our success this year and go on to raise expectations and delivery ever higher improvement across the region.”


Hannah Woodhouse, Central South Consortium Managing Director, said: “We are delighted by the progress made by schools across the Central South region. The key stage assessments have shown significant improvement in every area of the region, at every phase or key stage, along with a significant rise in attendance.


“We would like to congratulate everyone involved in making this success possible: headteachers, teachers, school support staff, local authorities, Welsh Government, local communities, parents and of course the pupils themselves. With the ongoing support of the Central South Wales Challenge, we are confident that the region will continue to inspire and engage learners to reach their full potential.”