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Estyn Remit Reports

The purpose of Estyn Remit Reports is to provide advice in response to a request in the annual remit letter from the Minister for Education and Skills to the Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales.

Each year Estyn is commissioned to undertake in-depth studies into a variety of aspects of education and training policy. Estyn produces reports from these studies which include recommendations aimed at helping drive further improvements. Once the Minister has considered the recommendations a response is produced and published here on our website.  

Our responses to the reports can be viewed below.

Leadership and Primary school improvement

15/09/16
This is a response to Estyn’s report on leadership and primary school improvement.
 

Best practice in the creative arts at key stages 3 and 4

22/07/16
This is a response to Estyn’s report on best practice in the creative arts at key stages 3 and 4.
 

Modern foreign languages

14/07/16
This is a response to Estyn’s report on modern foreign languages.
 

Raising the attainment, achievement and aspiration of children who are looked after

14/07/16
This is a response to Estyn’s report on raising the attainment, achievement and aspiration of children who are looked after.
 

Education other than at school

05/07/16
This is a response to Estyn’s report on education other than at school.
 

The quality of education and training in adult health and social care

22/06/16
This is a response to Estyn’s report on the quality of education and training in adult health and social care.
 

Learner progress and destinations in independent specialist colleges

13/06/16
This is a response to Estyn’s report on learner progress and destinations in independent specialist colleges
 

The impact of the additional training graduate programme (Teach First) in Wales

03/03/16
This is a response to Estyn’s report on the impact of the additional training graduate programme (Teach First) in Wales.
 

Learner support services in further education colleges for learners aged 16 to 19

14/12/15
This is a response to Estyn’s report on Learner support services in further education colleges for learners aged 16 to 19.
 

Statutory use of leadership standards in the performance management of headteachers

17/11/15
This is a response to Estyn’s report on statutory use of leadership standards in the performance management of headteachers.
 

Breaking down barriers to apprenticeship

02/11/15
This is a response to Estyn’s report on breaking down barriers to apprenticeship.
 

Effective teaching and learning observation in further education colleges

02/10/15
This is a response to Estyn’s report on effective teaching and learning observation in further education colleges.
 

Review of education visits policies in the further education sector

24/09/15
This is a response to Estyn’s review of education visits policies in the further education sector.
 

School-to-school support and collaboration

19/08/15
This is a response to Estyn’s thematic review on school-to-school support and collaboration.
 

Best practice in teaching and learning in the creative arts at key stage 2

16/07/15
This is a response to Estyn’s thematic review on best practice in teaching and learning in the creative arts at key stage 2.
 

The impact of advisory teachers on funded non-maintained settings

02/07/15
This is a response to Estyn’s thematic review on the impact of advisory teachers on funded non-maintained settings.
 

Education other than at school: a good practice survey

23/06/15
This is a response to Estyn’s report on education other than at school: a good practice survey.
 

Effective practice in improving attendance in primary schools

19/06/15
This is a response to Estyn’s report on effective practice in improving attendance in primary schools.
 

Best practice in leadership development in schools

11/06/15
This is a response to Estyn’s thematic review on best practice in leadership development in schools.
 

Improving schools through regional education consortia

03/06/15
This is a response to Estyn’s thematic review on improving schools through regional education consortia.
 

How well do further education institutions manage learner complaints?

21/05/15
This is a response to Estyn’s report on how well do further education institutions manage learner complaints?
 

Good practice in mathematics at Key Stage 3

26/02/15
This is a response to Estyn’s thematic review on good practice in Mathematics in Key Stage 3.
 

Actions on recommendations from Estyn Remit Reports since 2011

18/02/15
A table that sets out the actions we have taken in response to recommendations in Estyn’s remit reports since 2011.
 

Literacy in Key Stage 3: An Interim Report

13/01/15
This is a response to Estyn’s report on standards in literacy in Key Stage 3.
 

Initial Review of the Effectiveness of the Traineeships and Steps to Employment programmes

26/11/14
This is a response to Estyn's report on the effectiveness of the traineeships and steps to employment programmes.
 

Barriers to apprenticeship

26/11/14
This is a response to Estyn’s report on barriers to apprenticeship.
 

The effectiveness of learner-involvement strategies in adult community learning and work-based learning

20/11/14
This is a response to Estyn’s report on the effectiveness of learner-involvement strategies in adult community learning and work-based learning.
 

Linguistic progression and standards of Welsh in ten bilingual schools

19/11/14
This is a response to Estyn’s report on linguistic progression and standards of Welsh in ten bilingual schools.
 

Numeracy in Key Stages 2 and 3: an interim report

13/11/14
This is a response to Estyn’s report on numeracy in Key Stages 2 and 3.
 

Effective classroom observation in primary and secondary schools

01/10/14
This is a response to Estyn’s report on effective classroom observation in primary and secondary schools.
 

Attendance in secondary schools

25/09/14
This is a response to Estyn’s report on attendance in secondary schools.
 

Response to Estyn’s report on ICT at Key Stage 3

11/07/14
Response to Estyn thematic review on the impact of ICT on pupils’ learning at Key Stage 3.
 

Response to Estyn thematic review of the effectiveness of action taken by schools to address bullying

27/06/14
This is a response to Estyn’s report which provides us with evidence on how well schools are addressing bullying based on pupils’ protected characteristics.
 

Response to Estyn thematic review of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship

24/06/14
This is a response to Estyn’s report which looks at how Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) has been mainstreamed in schools and what progress has been made since Estyn’s baseline study in 2006.
 

Thematic review of English at Key Stages 2 and 3

18/06/14
This is a response to Estyn’s report on standards of English in Key Stages 2 and 3. It includes case studies of best practice.
 

Learner support services for pupils aged 14 to 16

29/05/14
This is a response to Estyn’s report on the quality, consistency and impartiality of learner support services provided by schools to pupils before, during and at the end of Key Stage 4.
 

Welsh in the foundation phase

21/01/14
This is a response to Estyn's report on how effectively children acquire Welsh language skills in Welsh-medium education settings across Wales.
 

Working together to tackle the impact of poverty and disadvantage

11/12/13
How schools in Wales are tackling child poverty and disadvantage to improve learners’ achievement and wellbeing.
 

The size of schools and how this affects educational outcomes

03/12/13
This is a response to Estyn's report on how the size of maintained primary and secondary schools affects the standards of pupils and the quality of provision and leadership.
 

Good Practice in Mathematics in Key Stage 4

18/10/13
This is a response to Estyn’s report evaluating the standards achieved by pupils and the quality of mathematics provision at key stage 4.
 

Estyn Thematic Review of Training for Construction, Planning and the Built Environment

04/10/13
This is a response to Estyn’s report on current standards and quality of provision for construction, planning and the built environment in Further Education Institutions (FEIs) and work-based learning (WBL) providers.
 

Impact of teacher absence

17/09/13
This is a response to Estyn's report on the impact on learner progress of schools’ strategies to cover the absence of teachers and the effective and efficient employment, training and deployment of supply teachers.
 

The impact of ICT on pupils' learning in primary schools

19/08/13
This is a response to Estyn's report on ICT standards in primary schools and how well ICT was being used to support teaching and learning across the primary curriculum.
 

The effectiveness of learner-involvement strategies

02/07/13
This is the second interim report resulting from a three-year Estyn remit study on learner involvement in the post-16 sector
 

Religious education in secondary schools

21/06/13
This is a response to Estyn's report on Religious Education.
 

Numeracy in key stages 2 and 3: a baseline study (June 2013)

21/06/13
This is a response to Estyn's report on numeracy.
 

Science in Key Stages 2 and 3

18/06/13
Estyn’s report on Science in KS2/3 makes recommendations to improve its delivery in primary schools.
 

Statutory INSET in schools

11/06/13
Estyn’s report on INSET days makes recommendations aimed at maximising their benefit and improving monitoring and evaluation.
 

A review of standards and the quality of provision for engineering in further education colleges and work-based learning providers in Wales

01/02/13
This is a response to Estyn's report on standards and the quality of provision for engineering in colleges and work based learning providers in Wales.
 

Welsh Language Development in the Foundation Phase

15/01/13
This is a response to Estyn's report on how effectively the funded settings and maintained schools are delivering the Welsh Language Development Area of Learning in the Foundation Phase Framework.
 

Effective practice in tackling poverty and disadvantage

12/12/12
This is a response to Estyn's report on Poverty and Disadvantage which provides a Good Practice Guide for Schools.
 

Informed decisions: The implementation of the Careers and the World of Work

03/10/12
This is a response to Estyn's report on the Careers and the World of Work Framework.
 

Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Provision at Level 3 in Secondary Schools: A Good Practice Guide

12/07/12
This is a response to Estyn's report on the Welsh Baccalaureate provision at level 3 in secondary schools.
 

Supporting more able and talented pupils in secondary schools

06/07/12
This is a response to Estyn's report on strategies for supporting more able and talented in secondary schools.
 

Literacy in key stage 3: Year one of a three-year study looking at the implementation and impact of the National Literacy Programme

21/06/12
This is a response to Estyn's report on literacy in Key Stage 3.
 

How well are the All-Wales Core Data Sets used to inform Self-evaluation and Planning for Improvement?

13/06/12
This is a response to Estyn's report on the use of the All-Wales Core Data Sets.
 

The impact of family learning programmes on raising literacy and numeracy levels of children and adults

29/05/12
This is a response to Estyn's report on family learning programmes.
 

The Skills Framework at Key Stage 3: An evaluation of the non-statutory Skills Framework for 3 to 19-year-olds at Key Stage 3

23/05/12
This is a response to Estyn's report on the evaluation of the non-statutory Skills Framework for 3 to 19-year-olds at Key Stage 3.
 

The effectiveness of strategies for learner involvement in post-16 learning

09/05/12
This is a response to Estyn's report on the effectiveness of strategies for learner involvement in post-16 learning.
 

How do surplus places affect the resources available for expenditure on improving outcomes for pupils?

08/05/12
This is a response to Estyn's report on the cost and effects of retaining surplus places.
 

Skills for older learners: The impact of adult community learning on the wellbeing of older learners

14/02/12
This report contains Estyn's main findings and recommendations arising from the work undertaken to review the impact of adult community learning on the wellbeing of older learners.
 

Physical Education in secondary schools

14/02/12
The report provides an overview of standards of physical education in secondary schools and factors that affect achievement.
 

A survey of the arrangements for pupils’ wellbeing and behaviour management in pupil referral units

01/02/12
A report by Estyn and Care and Social Services inspectors on a survey of a selection of pupil referral units (PRUs) across Wales, Autumn 2011.
 

The effectiveness of sub-contracting arrangements in work-based learning

17/11/11
This is a response to Estyn's Report: The effectiveness of sub-contracting arrangements in work-based learning.
 

An evaluation of the implementation of the Foundation Phase for five to six year-olds in primary schools with special reference to literacy

14/09/11
This is a response to Estyn's Report: on the implementation of the Foundation Phase for five to six year-olds in primary schools with special reference to literacy.
 

An evaluation of learning in the outdoors for children under five in the Foundation Phase

08/09/11
This is a response to Estyn's Report: on whether children have sufficient access to the outdoors to enhance their learning opportunities and what benefits are evident across the seven areas of learning.
 

Tackling Child Poverty and Disadvantage in Schools

03/08/11
This is a response to Estyn's Report on Tackling Child Poverty and Disadvantage in Schools.
 

The Skills Framework at Key Stage 2: An evaluation of the non-statutory Skills Framework for 3 to 19-year-olds at Key Stage 2

26/07/11
This is a response to Estyn's Report: The Skills Framework at Key Stage 2: An evaluation of the non-statutory Skills Framework for 3 to 19-year-olds at Key Stage 2.
 

Supporting more able and talented pupils in primary schools - strategies to support and challenge more able and talented pupils in primary schools

26/07/11
This is a response to Estyn's Report: Supporting more able and talented pupils in primary schools - strategies to support and challenge more able and talented pupils in primary schools.
 

Numeracy for 14 to 19-year-olds

19/07/11
This is a response to Estyn's Report: Numeracy for 14 to 19-year-olds.
 

The impact of deprivation on learners’ attainment in further education and work-based learning

19/07/11
This is a response to Estyn's Report: The impact of deprivation on learners’ attainment in further education and work-based learning.
 

Developing thinking skills and assessment for learning' programme

29/06/11
This is a response to Estyn's Report: On the ‘Developing thinking skills and assessment for learning’ programme.
 

Review of Disability Equality Schemes and practice in schools and Pupil Referral Units

16/06/11
This is a response to Estyn's Report: Review of Disability Equality Schemes and practice in schools and Pupil Referral Units.
 

The Education of Gypsy Traveller Pupils – an Update on Provision in Secondary Schools

14/06/11
This is a response to Estyn's Report: The Education of Gypsy Traveller Pupils – an Update on Provision in Secondary Schools.
 

Area Inspection Report on the Quality and Standard of Provision for 14 to 19-year-old Learners in Flintshire

09/06/11
This is a response to Estyn's Report: Area Inspection Report on the Quality and Standard of Provision for 14 to 19 year old Learners in Flintshire.
 

Money Matters: The Provision of Financial Education for 7 to 19-year-olds in Primary and Secondary Schools in Wales

07/06/11
This is a response to Estyn's Report: Money Matters: The Provision of Financial Education for 7 to 19-year-olds in Primary and Secondary Schools in Wales
 

The Implementation of Foundation Phase Training on Learning and Teaching – An Interim Report

02/11/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report: The Implementation of Foundation Phase Training on Learning and Teaching – An Interim Report.
 

The impact of the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) programme on headship

21/10/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report: The impact of the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) programme on headship.
 

Wider choice and the learning core - progress in implementing a wider option choice and the learning core for 14-19 learners

08/10/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report: Wider choice and the learning core - progress in implementing a wider option choice and the learning core for 14-19 learners.
 

The Quality of new build in Further Education and its impact on learners

16/09/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report: The Quality of new build in Further Education and its impact on learners.
 

A Survey of Professional Qualification Training for Youth Workers in Wales

25/06/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report on a survey of the professional qualification training for youth workers provided by HEIs based in Wales and to recommend ways forward for the development of this work.
 

How teachers evaluate the impact of General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) funded continuing professional development projects

15/06/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report on How teachers evaluate the impact of General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) funded continuing professional development projects.
 

The quality and relevance of staff training to deliver adult basic education (ABE) and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

10/06/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report on The quality and relevance of staff training to deliver adult basic education (ABE) and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) March 2010.
 

School Business Managers – A Best Practice Guide

26/05/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report entitled: School Business Managers - A Best Practice Guide.
 

An evaluation of the impact of Transition Plans and Transition Grant on primary and secondary partnerships at key stage 2 and key stage 3.

23/05/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report on An evaluation of the impact of Transition Plans and Transition Grant on primary and secondary partnerships at key stage 2 and key stage 3.
 

Ensuring all learners achieve their potential

17/05/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report on Ensuring all learners achieve their potential.
 

How well do colleges support industry?

13/05/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report on the effectiveness of employer engagement and the support for industry provided by FE colleges.
 

Improving numeracy in key stage 2 and key stage 3

13/05/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report on standards and the quality of provision in numeracy in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.
 

Innovation in key stage 3

12/05/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report which evaluates the extent to which the implementation of the revised national curriculum in key stage 3 is having a positive impact in schools and identifies case studies of innovative practice.
 

Evaluation of the arrangements to assure the consistency of teacher assessment in the core subjects at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3

09/04/10
This is a response to Estyn's Report on Evaluation of the arrangements to assure the consistency of teacher assessment in the core subjects at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.
 

Local Authority Support for the Education of Children of Migrant Workers

27/10/09
This is a response to Estyn's Report on Local Authority Support for the Education of Children of Migrant Workers.
 

The impact of Raising Attainment and Individual Standards in Education (RAISE) 2008-2009

02/09/09
This is a response to Estyn's Report on: An evaluation of the impact of RAISE funding on raising the levels of performance of disadvantaged pupils - a report on the third year of the programme.
 

How effective is provision for learners aged 16-19 years old with English language acquisition needs?

31/07/09
This is a response to Estyn's Report on: How effective is provision for learners aged 16-19 years old with English language acquisition needs?
 

Improving Modern Foreign Languages in Secondary Schools in Wales

08/07/09
This is a response to Estyn's Report on: Improving Modern Foreign Languages in Secondary Schools in Wales.
 

Listening to the community - How good are providers at finding out the learning needs of adults in their local communities?

06/07/09
This is a response to Estyn's Report on: Listening to the community: Learning Needs of Adults.
 

Management information in local authority youth services

01/07/09
This is a response to Estyn's Report on 'Management information in local authority youth services.'
 

Local Authorities and Schools Causing Concern

29/06/09
This is a response to Estyn's Report on 'Local Authorities and Schools Causing Concern'
 

The impact of schools’ race equality policies

04/06/09
This is a response to Estyn’s report on 'The impact of schools’ race equality policies'.
 

Best Practice in Mathematics for Pupils aged 3 to 7 year old

04/06/09
This is a response to Estyn’s Report on best practice in mathematics for pupils aged 3 to 7 years.
 

Evaluation of the Quality and Value of the Education and Training funded through the Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF)

22/05/09
This is a response to Estyn’s 'Evaluation of the quality and value of education and training funded through the Wales Union Learning Fund'.