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As set out in Written Statements dated 18 March 2020 and 3 July 2020, the Minister for Education has announced changes to the publication of qualification awards data and performance measures due to coronavirus.

In addition, The Relaxation of School Reporting Requirements (Wales) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 have been made to reduce burden on schools and local authorities for 2019/20.

What are the key points?

  • We have suspended the calculation and publication of Key Stage 4 and legacy sixth form performance measures for the 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021 academic years.
  • Qualification awards data will not be used to report on attainment outcomes at a school, local authority or regional consortium level and must not be used to hold schools to account for their learners’ outcomes.
  • Post-16 performance measures have also been suspended for 2019/20. We will consider the best approach for 2020 to 2021, in view of the range of providers and different types of programmes that are affected in different ways. The sector will be consulted, before any firm decision is taken, in order to consider what would be useful to help their own monitoring and quality assurance processes.
  • There will be a direct impact on the usual data releases provided by the Welsh Government, with some releases suspended for one or both years and/or still to be determined for 2020 to 2021. You can find a table below showing what information, with provisional timings, will be released by the Welsh Government. Where activities are marked to continue for 2020/21 reporting, this is the planning assumption at the time of publication, which could be subject to change if these are affected by further disruption to school operations.
  • All schools and post-16 providers will continue to be required to undertake effective self-evaluation to support continuous improvement. Our evaluation, improvement and accountability arrangements require consideration of a broad range of information relevant to a school’s own context when undertaking self-evaluation and identifying improvement priorities. This will involve schools, with support from local authorities and regional consortia, using the learner level information they have on attainment and other outcomes to reflect on and improve their existing arrangements.
  • The Relaxation of School Reporting Requirements (Wales) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 came into force on 7 August 2020. These Regulations  revoke one set of Regulations and amend a number of others, which place duties on headteachers, governing bodies and local authorities to produce pupil and school reports:

Regulations

Description of Regulations

Impact of Amending Regulations

Further details

The School Performance and Absence Targets (Wales) Regulations 2011

Require schools to set and publish targets which are agreed by local authorities.

Revoked

No longer required.

The Head Teachers’ Reports to Parents and Adult Pupils (Wales) Regulations 2011

Require headteachers to make a report available to all parents or adult pupils about the educational achievements of pupils, each school year.

Amended

 

(to a “reasonable endeavours” basis)

Duties imposed on headteachers for reports relating to the 2019/20 school year are to be treated as discharged, if the headteacher has used reasonable endeavours to discharge the duty.

 

The exception to “reasonable endeavours” is regulation 5(1) of the Reporting Regulations; the requirement to provide a school leaver’s report, which needs to remain an absolute duty, so that this cohort of learners are not disadvantaged this year.

The School Information (Wales) Regulations 2011

Require local authorities to publish a composite school prospectus and schools to publish their own individual prospectus, and prescribes the school information that must be included

Amended

Provision made to exclude data on authorised and unauthorised absences in respect of pupils registered at the school in the 2019/20 school year from being published in any school prospectus.

The School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) Regulations 2011

Require school governing bodies to produce an annual report, including information about school performance against published targets.

Amended

Modified the content of reports produced in relation to the 2019/20 academic year so that information may not be included in any school governors’ report.

 

The statutory duty for governing bodies to produce a report will remain.

 

Information to be disapplied/excluded in relation to pupils registered at the school in the 2019/20 school year:

*the most recent Summary of Secondary School Performance (SSSP);

*the number of authorised and unauthorised absences in the school year; and

*any information in relation to performance and absence targets, including improvements set by the governing body in respect of performance of learners, or for reducing the level of absence.

The School Performance Information (Wales) Regulations 2011

Provide for the reporting of teacher assessment and examination outcomes (from schools and governing bodies to local authorities and Welsh Ministers).

Amended

Removes the duties on governing bodies and local authorities to provide data to local authorities and Welsh Ministers, respectively, on teacher assessment outcomes and authorised or unauthorised absence for the pupils registered at schools in the 2019/20 school year.

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