Support and improve progress, achievement and outcomes

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Well-being objective 3: Support and improve progress, achievement and outcomes for all learners

Why is this objective important?

  • We all want all of our children and young people to have the best possible start in life by supporting them to gain the skills and knowledge they need to lead happy, healthy, fulfilling lives.
  • We want to improve outcomes for all ages through lifelong learning, to enable them to thrive in 21st Century living and the world of work.
  • Research by The Institute of Education suggests that attending a good pre-school and primary school can have more impact on children’s academic progress than their gender or family background (Taggart, 2015)
  • Our service remains committed to both the principles and priorities as outlined in the Welsh Government’s most recent strategic document ‘Education in Wales: Our National Mission.’

Why should this concern us?

  • There is currently a gap nationally (including Carmarthenshire) between the performance of vulnerable pupils including those eligible for free school meals (eFSM) and those who are not. This aspect of our end of key stage performance and achievement continues to challenge and concern us.
  • We have a number of schools that have identified key areas of improvement through the means of their annual self-evaluation processes.
  • Outcomes of international comparison activities continue to show Wales adrift from the rest of the UK.
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Reports monitoring the Welsh Government’s curriculum review programme acknowledges that whilst substantial progress has been achieved there are aspects to address in specific areas.