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Further to the changes made to the publication of qualifications awards data and performance measures for 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021, the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language issued a written statement on 21 June 2021 announcing similar changes for the 2021 to 2022 school year.

In addition, The Relaxation of School Reporting Requirements (Wales) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 have been made to reduce burden on schools and local authorities for 2020 to 2021.

What are the key points?

  • We have suspended the calculation and publication of Key Stage 4 and legacy sixth form performance measures for 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 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.
  • For post-16 performance measures, we will consider the best approach, 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 more of the years disrupted by coronavirus or still to be determined. 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 2021 to 2022 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.
  • School categorisation will not take place in academic year 2021 to 2022. Regional consortia and local authorities will continue to work in partnership with schools to help provide them with the support they need to improve and to successfully implement our ambitious reforms. Schools will not be assigned a published category as part of this support process. Non-statutory school improvement guidance,  setting out the Welsh Government’s plans for evaluation, improvement and accountability, will be published in the autumn.
  • The Relaxation of School Reporting Requirements (Wales) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 came into force on 18 June 2021. These Regulations amend a number of other Regulations, which place duties on headteachers, governing bodies and local authorities to produce learner and school reports, as summarised below. (The School Performance and Absence Targets (Wales) Regulations 2011 were revoked in 2020, this means that schools are no longer required to set and publish targets.)

Regulations

Description of Regulations

Impact of Amending Regulations

Further details

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

 

(content of reports to a “reasonable endeavours” basis)

For the 2020/21 school year, the requirement to produce a report in respect of all learners will remain an absolute duty. Duties imposed on headteachers in terms of the content of reports relating to the 2020/21 school year are to be treated as discharged, if the headteacher has used reasonable endeavours to discharge the duty.

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 2020/21 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 2020 to 2021 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 2020 to 2021 school year:

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

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

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 on teacher assessment outcomes for the pupils registered at schools in the 2020 to 2021 school year.

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