05 July 2012
Councils meet to put education right in Wales
A major Welsh education conference is set to focus on the lessons that can be learned from other countries around the world to help improve education outcomes in Wales.
The ‘Getting Education in Wales Right’ conference, hosted by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), will include an address from renowned education expert Michael Davidson, the head of PISA testing at the OECD.
As an annual survey focussing on the educational achievements of 15 year olds, recent PISA results have shown that Wales needs to improve if the educational performance of its young people is to compare favourably with that of the leading countries across the world.
Michael Davidson will give an overview of the position of Wales in comparison with other similar countries, and will also tell the conference what strategies have been used by those countries to improve their educational performance.
A WLGA spokesperson said,
“Local authorities and schools in Wales are committed to improving educational outcomes for our children and young people. Learning from the wealth of good practice that is available both at home and abroad is a vital part of that work.
“The calibre of speakers at this conference shows how important educational standards are to local councils in Wales, every one of which has stated that improving educational standards remains their number one priority. We are pleased to see a conference that has attracted head teachers and school leaders from across Wales, as these are the people who are best placed to implement new ideas and make a real difference to the lives of children and young people.
“To achieve our ambition of Wales becoming a leading country when it comes to the educational attainment of our young people, we need to see effective strategies put in place by schools, local councils and the Welsh Government, whilst never losing site of the most important relationship of all – that of teacher and pupil.”
Also speaking at the conference will be Professor David Reynolds and Professor David Egan, both experts in education policy in Wales. Professor Reynolds will talk about the importance of effective teaching, whilst Professor Egan will concentrate on how to break the link between poverty and poor educational attainment.
The conference will be closed by the Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews AM, who will outline the Welsh Government’s vision for a coherent approach to improving education attainment levels in Wales.
Notes to editors
- OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-ordination and Development
- PISA – Programme for International Student Assessment
- The ‘Getting Education in Wales Right’ conference will be held on Thursday 5 July 2012 at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wales
- PISA is a survey of educational achievement of 15 year olds that takes place every 3 years
- 65 countries participated in PISA 2009, including 24 EU countries
For more information contact: Stuart Hodges