Categorisation

National Categorisation

The primary purpose of the categorisation model is to identify the appropriate level of support for each school according to need and to ensure that, in partnership with schools and local authorities, we are able to direct our support and resources most effectively to secure the improvements necessary in our school system. A school’s strengths and areas for improvement in standards, provision and leadership are identified during discussions with schools throughout the year. These discussions are then used to decide on the most appropriate level of support for the school.

In 2018-19 the four regions will carry out rigorous moderation and verification processes to ensure that the categorisation process is consistently applied across Wales.

You can find out more information about your local school and School Categorisation here: http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/?lang=en

Key Messages

• Categorisation allows us to see where we need to direct our resources and how we can support schools to improve through working with collaboratively.

• Categorisation is about identifying which schools are in most need of support; it is not about labelling or creating league tables.

• In 2018-19 Welsh Government have amended the guidance so it places more of an emphasis on schools’ own assessment (self- evaluation) of their quality of teaching and learning and ability to help other schools to improve. The school’s own self-evaluation and identification of areas for improvement is used to inform discussions as part of Step 2 of the process. Step 3 will see schools given a colour coding for the level of support that they need and this will continue to be published on My Local School. The timelines and processes for the National Schools Categorisation System remain the same.

• This is part of the transitional arrangements as Welsh Government move forward in their mission to reform accountability within the education system and ensure that schools, and ultimately learners, are given the right support at the right time to enable them to fully realise their potential.