ASCL Cymru comment on EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations

09/07/2021
Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru comments on the EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations.
 
Commenting on the EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations, Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, said:

This EPI report provides a badly needed corollary to the negative perception about educational outcomes in PISA rankings in Wales in recent years and will give our schools and colleges a timely shot in the arm, coming amid the disruption caused by the pandemic.
 
“We know that Wales is making great strides towards implementing a really ambitious new 21st century curriculum and that its schools and colleges are doing fantastic work for the children and young people they serve.
 
“We know primary schools are working hard to address performance in reading, especially among our youngest pupils aged up to seven years old, as the progress made in these formative years of education can be so crucial in enabling them to access other parts of the curriculum.
 
“The EPI report provides food for thought but what is clear is that there is no one right way or wrong way of running an education system and that outcomes for our children and young people are determined by a multiplicity of factors. 
 
“The key goal must be to focus relentlessly on improving outcomes for disadvantaged young people because this improves their life chances and produces the greatest social and economic benefits. This is what ‘levelling up’ needs to mean and there is great merit at looking at what works well in the different UK nations to see what we can learn from one another.