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Written Statement - Review of secondary school banding and development of a primary school grading model

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The system’s main purpose is to identify which schools are in most need of support.
Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills
The planned reviews of the measures included in the secondary school banding model and the development of a primary school grading model are underway.

The measures included in the current secondary school banding model are being reviewed to ensure that the model continues to align with our priorities for education in Wales, in particular with a focus on reducing the impact of deprivation on attainment.

A primary school grading model is also being developed to help us better identify schools most in need of support. It will give parents across Wales a clear picture of how schools are performing.

Both the review of secondary school banding and the development of a primary school grading model will be considered alongside the National Categorisation System developed by regional consortia for schools. A revised secondary school banding model and a new primary school grading model will be introduced in autumn 2014.