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National school categorisation system

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Categorisation shows the schools that need the most help and guidance to improve, those that are doing well but could be doing better and those that are highly effective and can help others.

The new system replaces secondary school banding and includes the Programme for Government commitment to introduce a primary school banding system. It will help make sure schools receive the help and support that they need to secure the very best outcomes for their pupils.

This new system is not purely data-driven but also takes into account the quality of leadership and teaching and learning in our schools. The system evaluates and assesses schools and places them in a support category by using:

  • a range of performance measures
  • a self-evaluation by the school on its capacity to improve in relation to leadership and teaching and learning
  • an assessment of the school’s self-evaluation by challenge advisers in the regional consortia, agreed with the local authority.

The colour-coded support category for each primary, middle and secondary school is now available along with the benchmark boundaries used in the calculation of the standards groups.

The full outcomes (external link) of the categorisation system are available on the My Local School website.

As part of the agreed National Model for Regional Working, ourselves, local government, regional consortia and the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) have worked together to ensure a national approach to the categorisation of schools.

If you have any queries on categorisation please contact IMS@wales.gsi.gov.uk.