What is a Support Category?
The Welsh National School Categorisation System gives a clear and fair picture of how well your child’s school is performing compared with other schools across Wales and helps to identify the schools that need the most help, support and guidance to improve.
The system has been developed collectively between regional education consortia and Welsh Government. Its main function is to identify, across Wales, the schools that need the most support. The colour category of support allocated to a school will trigger a tailored support programme. The system is based on three simple steps. It is not purely driven by figures and takes into account the quality of leadership, teaching and learning in schools
The following has been taken from the Welsh government website:
What is the three-step process and how does it work?
Step 1: Standards group We use a range of information to analyse the school’s performance. Schools are placed in one of four standards groups, numbered 1 to 4, which identify how well they are performing against a set of agreed measures. Standards group 1 is the group that performs most strongly against the agreed measures.
Step 2: Improvement capacity Consortia challenge advisers evaluate the school’s capacity to improve further, taking account of evidence about the standards achieved and the quality of leadership and teaching and learning. Schools will be in one of four groups, A to D. Schools where the judgement is an A show the greatest capacity to improve along with the ability to support other schools. Those where the judgement is D need the most support.
Step 3: Support category The outcomes in step one and step two are combined to decide on the school’s support category. The final categorisation is a colour code that shows the level of support a school needs – green, yellow, amber or red.