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WLGA SUPPORTIVE OF THE ASSEMBLY'S DRIVE TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS' STANDARDS

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The Welsh Local Government Association shares the assembly's commitment to improve the quality of schools and recog...
The Welsh Local Government Association shares the assembly's commitment to improve the quality of schools and recognises that performance related pay for teachers must be seen within this context.

Cllr Jeff Jones, WLGA spokesperson for education said:

'We recognise that the issue of teacher's pay is not one that has been delegated to the national assembly. The quality of educational provision and the increasing levels of achievement by pupils are critical success factors for the Welsh economy, and performance related pay should be seen as an important part in the mechanism to ensure that standards will improve.'

The association is keen that the implementation of any mechanism in Wales takes account of the particular requirements of Welsh education, including rurality and the Welsh language.

Cllr Jones added:

'Whereas in England a private organisation to manage assessors has been the approach adopted, the WLGA believes that assessments in Wales should be organised to permit local authorities, whether singly or in partnerships, to carry out the work. This would be a natural extension of local authorities' existing performance improvement role. Work is already well-advanced in local authorities to establish mechanisms for delivery.'

The association believes that securing improvements at a school level, is more influential than target setting for individual teachers. The systematic measurement of the performance of schools, and its translation into targeted advice and support to schools from their local authority, has proved highly effective in driving up standards.

The WLGA considers 'added-value' as the most appropriate measure of allowing comparisons to be made which reflect the diverse starting points of individual schools.

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