Ar­gyll and Bute schools are given good re­port

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Ed­u­ca­tion in­spec­tors have paid an­other visit to Ar­gyll and Bute’s schools and were so im­pressed that they are not com­ing back.

HM In­spec­tors of Ed­u­ca­tion made their fifth visit to the coun­cil area in less than two years in Oc­to­ber, hav­ing re­ported from their pre­vi­ous one in May that pos­i­tive progress was be­ing made.

The depart­ment has now praised the area for its ‘sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments’ to the qual­ity of chil­dren’s achieve­ments and at­ten­dance.

And it has an­nounced that the area is op­er­at­ing to such a high stan­dard that no sub­se­quent vis­its in con­nec­tion with the orig­i­nal in­spec­tion, which was in March 2017, will take place.

A re­port by the in­spec­tors said: ‘At the broad gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion stages, data pro­vided by the au­thor­ity in­di­cates that at­tain­ment has im­proved from 2016 to 2018 in sev­eral im­por­tant mea­sures. The at­tain­ment of chil­dren and young peo­ple in read­ing, writ­ing, lis­ten­ing and talk­ing has im­proved at al­most ev­ery stage which is mea­sured – P1, P4, P7 and S3.

‘There are im­por­tant im­prove­ments in nu­mer­acy too, par­tic­u­larly at the pri­mary stages. Across the au­thor­ity, staff have worked well to­gether to en­sure that teach­ers are mak­ing more con­fi­dent and ac­cu­rate judge­ments of pupils’ progress.

‘Over re­cent years, the at­ten­dance of pupils at pri­mary, sec­ondary and spe­cial schools has been higher than the na­tional av­er­age.

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