Two (Heads) are better than one

Here, our guest blogger Mark Campion, HMI Estyn, explains how Estyn and the Auditor General for Wales together examined school improvement services delivered through regional consortia in Wales and the benefits gained from working in collaboration.   With a common interest in how the four regional education consortia were developing, Estyn inspectors and Wales Audit…

School improvement – is a regional approach working?

In this blog Sophie Knott looks at the new regional approach to school improvement in Wales. Following on from today’s release of two reports by the Auditor General and the education inspectorate at Estyn, Sophie considers the findings of both reports and asks is this relatively new approach likely to deliver benefits for Welsh pupils.…

The Williams Commission – it’s not just about redrawing boundaries

Wales’ public services face an unprecedented squeeze between spending cuts and growing demand.  I recently worked with Wales Public Services (WPS) 2025 – on a secondment – to examine the long term pressures facing Welsh public services and the potential responses.  These issues have recently been picked up in the proposals that have been made…