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5/10 for education after annual review

5/10 for education after annual review

Tuesday 24 January 2023

5/10 for education after annual review

Tuesday 24 January 2023

The first annual report reviewing the work achieved by Guernsey's education strategy has shown attainment has bounced back since the covid pandemic in most areas but students are still lagging behind in others.

The review shows progress has been made against most of the criteria contained within four priority areas, but much more still needs to be done to meet targets across all aspects of States run education services.

The four priority areas as identified by the States backed strategy are:

  • Equity, safety and inclusivity
  • Meeting the needs of our community
  • High-quality learning and excellent outcomes
  • Outstanding leadership and governance

The Committee for Education, Sport and Culture says its report shows that positive progress is being made but also that the report is "an honest reflection of where more improvements are still required".

One area where improvements are still needed is around maths attainment among key stage two age children.

Assessment of reading and writing levels in children aged between six and 11 have shown they are regaining the ground lost during the time spent home schooling during 2020 and 2021.

Maths attainment among primary school pupils continues to be slightly below where it was in 2018/19.


Pictured: ESC is showing progress in different areas through its strategy annual report.

ESC has used the colour coded scale above to show what progress has been made in different areas.

It said: "Evaluating progress enables all organisations to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement, and to prioritise actions. Reflecting on our performance against our priorities and commitments and reviewing their effectiveness will challenge us to question what we do and why we do it, rather than just carry on doing things as we have always done them.

"This questioning and challenge helps us to reflect upon whether there is a better or more efficient way of doing things in the future."

In most of the areas reviewed ESC rated itself as a 5 - meaning there is "evidence of positive impact but requires further development".

In some areas it was graded a 6 or 7 suggesting "evidence of strong impact and continued progress/development", while in some areas only a 4 was achieved.

The lowest review results came in the areas of 'Championing early intervention approaches in all phases and building on excellent foundations to provide the best outcomes for our learners', 'Developing cultures, reviewing frameworks and investing in leadership development at all levels to empower leaders to lead' and 'Developing a shared culture of trust, honesty and reflection across the whole education sector that embraces and promotes continuous improvement and accountability at all levels'.

Among the areas that the education strategy has been performing at its highest was 'Operating in a spirit of openness and transparency so that all stakeholders understand the processes in place across the Bailiwick to maintain the highest quality of education' and 'Ensuring that the protective measures in place to safeguard and keep learners safe are of the highest standard in all settings'.


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