The survey of 12 headteachers and 12 practitioners issued by the National Association of Headteachers claiming 50% of heads ‘do not believe the biggest reform to hit classrooms in decades is workable’ has been picked up by the media.
The Minister said:
“The survey from the NAHT is pathetic. This is baloney. The fact that they have asked only 12 heads and 12 practitioners and would use this as a representative picture of Wales as a whole is ridiculous .
“There has been great buy-in to the SEF and all local authorities have given a clear commitment to take this forward at a local and regional level. It has received significant support from the professional learning community not just here in Wales but also internationally. The Minister has determined there will be a simple focus on literacy, numeracy and breaking the link between poverty and attainment.
“Over 860 people recently attended four events throughout Wales which were held to inform those delivering the SEF what the priorities of the scheme are, and how best they can be delivered at the classroom level . Those who attended heard from world-class academics on leadership and good classroom practice and all the feedback we received following the conferences was extremely positive.
“At a practical level we are developing Professional Learning Communities across Wales and have provided developmental support to more than 1000 schools.”