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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.

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
 

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.
 

Religious education in secondary schools

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

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.
 

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

01/02/13
This is a response to Estyn's report on the effectiveness of the traineeships and steps to employent programmes.
 

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'.
 

Good Practice in parental involvement in primary schools

19/05/09
This is a response to Estyn’s report on 'Good Practice in parental involvement in primary schools'. The report was commissioned to identify innovative practice in promoting effective parental involvement and inform work on, for example, the School Effectiveness project.
 

How Good is the Training of Youth Support Workers in Wales

14/05/09
This is a response to Estyn’s report on How Good is the 'Training of Youth Support Workers in Wales'. This report provides a survey of training for youth support workers and recommends ways forward for the development of this work.
 

Food and fitness in schools - A report on how well schools in Wales support children and young people to be healthy and active

13/05/09
This is a response to Estyn’s report on 'Food and fitness in schools - A report on how well schools in Wales support children and young people to be healthy and active'.
 

The Impact of Unlocking the Potential Funding on Promoting the Use of Special Schools as Community Focused resource Bases

09/04/09
This is a response to Estyn’s report on an 'The Impact of Unlocking the Potential Funding on Promoting the Use of Special Schools as Community Focused resource Bases'.
 

Best practice in the reading and writing of pupils aged 5 to 7 years.

07/04/09
This is a response to Estyn’s report on 'Best practice in the reading and writing of pupils aged 5 to 7 years'.
 

Evaluation of the extent and impact of remodelling on learning and the school workforce

07/04/09
This is a response to Estyn’s report on 'Evaluation of the extent and impact of remodelling on learning and the school workforce'.
 

Estyn Report on Effectiveness of Perfromance Management and Review on Further Education Institutions

30/03/09
This is a response to Estyn’s report on 'Effectiveness of Perfromance Management and Review on Further Education Institutions'.
 

An Evaluation of post-18 Offender Learning in Wales

20/03/09
This is a response to Estyn’s report on 'An Evaluation of post-18 Offender Learning in Wales'.
 

Physical education for pupils with learning difficulties

20/03/09
This is a response to Estyn’s report on 'Physical education for pupils with learning difficulties'.
 

Inspecting Participation: Mapping the common inspection framework

23/02/09
This is a response to Estyn’s report on Inspecting Participation: Mapping the Common Inspection. This report maps the links between Estyn’s Common Inspection Framework and the National Children and Young People’s Participation Standards.
 

Local Authority Placements of Pupils with Additional Learning Needs in Independent Residential School Placements

17/02/09
This is a response to Estyn’s report on Local Authority placements of pupils with additional learning needs. Estyn reported on the way local authorities plan and monitor the quality of provision for pupils with complex special needs placed in independent residential special schools.
 

An Evaluation of the delivery of key skills qualifications at Key Stage 4 in schools that are not piloting the Welsh Baccalaureate

14/01/09
This is a response to Estyn’s report on an Evaluation of the delivery of key skills qualifications at Key Stage 4 in schools that are not piloting the Welsh Baccalaureate. The report was commissioned to evaluate delivery of key skills qualifications at key stage 4 outside of the Welsh Baccalaureate ...
 

Education for sustainable development and global citizenship in adult community-based learning and youth work in Wales

16/09/08
This is a response to Estyn’s report on what sustainable development and global citizenship education is currently delivered. The report covers work in the adult community-based learners and young people in youth work settings.
 

The Impact of RAISE funding - an Interim Report

10/09/08
The 2007-2008 report focuses on the impact and effectiveness of RAISE work at the end of the first eighteen months of funding to schools.
 

Effective Strategies for Learners to Achieve Key Skills within Qualifications Frameworks

24/07/08
The advice was commissioned by the Business and Skills Division of DCELLS. This is to identify the strategies that work based learning providers are using to improve learner’s attainment of key skills. This is relevant for qualification attainments in apprenticeship programmes.
 

English for Speakers of Other Languages: the impact of increased demand

16/07/08
This advice was commissioned by the Learning and Network Development Division of DCELLS to evaluate the extent to which the recent rapid increase in learners in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) has impacted on the learning experience of all ESOL learners. The findings and recommendati ...
 

'Merging the Boundaries in adult community-based learning Merging the boundaries – How well do local partnerships work together to deliver adult community-based learning'.

16/07/08
Estyn was commissioned to undertake a ‘review of strategic collaboration and partnerships by providers and stakeholders in the Adult Community Learning context with particular regard to involvement of the voluntary sector’.
 

Supporting Learning Pathways

10/07/08
The additional services Careers Wales provides to support learners in making choices within 14-19 Learning Pathways.
 

Welsh-medium and bilingual provision for 14-19 learners

26/06/08
The purpose of this report is to provide advice to the Welsh Assembly Government in response to a request in the annual remit to Estyn. The subject of advice is the range and quality of Welsh-medium provision for 14-19 year old learners, including the availability and use of Welsh-medium qualificat ...
 

Impact of Better School Fund on curriculum development

26/06/08
The purpose of the advice was to provide the Welsh Assembly Government with an evaluation of the impact of the Better Schools Fund on developing a broad and balanced curriculum.
 

Meeting the learning needs of Children and Young People who offend

26/06/08
The report sets out the role of local authorities in meeting the education and training needs of children and young people who offend.
 

The impact of transition plans. An evaluation of the use of transition plans by primary- secondary school partnerships to improve the quality of learning and standards

19/06/08
The report was commissioned by the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills as part of its ongoing programme of work to improve the quality of learning in schools and the standards achieved by young people.
 

Progress in implementing the PE and School Sport Action Plan (PESS)

16/06/08
The report was commissioned by the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills as part of its ongoing programme of work to improve the quality of provision and the range of opportunities provided for physical education in schools. The report provides an overview of progress mad ...
 

Best practice in the reading and writing of pupils aged 7 to14 years

16/06/08
The report was commissioned by the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills as part of its ongoing programme of work to improve the quality of learning in schools and the standards achieved by young people. The report provides an overview of standards in English and Welsh in ...
 

Science education for 14-19 learners

02/06/08
The advice was commissioned by the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills to review science courses for learners in the 14-19 age range.
 

The Welsh Baccalaureate in key stage 4 - An evaluation of the first eighteen months of the pilot to introduce Foundation and Intermediate Level Qualifications into key stage 4

22/05/08
The Welsh Baccalaureate in key stage 4 - 18 month evaluation
 

Welsh Assembly Government's Response to Key Recommendations in Estyn Report on How Well Schools in Wales Support Children and Young People to be Healthy and Active.

12/05/08
This report was commissioned to identify how well primary and secondary schools in Wales are doing in improving pupils' health with an emphasis on physical activity and health eating.
 

Advice on closing the gap between boys’ and girls’ attainment in schools

10/04/08
To identify and evaluate effective strategies employed by schools and local authorities to close the gap in the relative attainment of girls and boys.