Tuesday 8 March 2011

Is Pantecelyn School Now Sustainable? - Part Two

Following on from this previous post, 'Is Pantecelyn School now Sustainable? I see that the Save Pantecelyn Action Group have written, as below, asking that very question. The contents are self explanatory;
To all AM’s, local newspapers (Carmarthen Journal & South Wales Guardian), Education Department Carmarthenshire County Council/FAO: Mr. Robert Sully;

In 2008 the process of reforming the Welsh Education system started and the Dinefwr area of Carmarthenshire going under the name Tri-Level Reform was set in motion. The reason for this was the fact that the Welsh Assembly made statutory regulations that schools had to offer 28-30 subjects and if they could not, they would be in breach of the regulations. The Tri-Level Reform set up a group of Head Teachers and C.C.C. Education officials in order to see how the current schools in the area could be reorganised to offer these subjects. Public Consultations followed, plans were submitted to the Welsh Assembly Government and consultants instructed. In short, millions of pounds were spent and a massive amount of time used to try and implement the WAG reforms.

In February 2011 Mr. Leighton Andrews/Education Minister announced that there are too many subjects being taught across Wales and they need to be “slashed” in order to bring the emphasis back on “quality” qualifications.

This makes a complete mockery of the last three years. Nobody now knows where they stand, be it schools, parents, pupils, teachers and the education departments.

What is the Government now going to do about this? In particular from our point of view , Ysgol Gyfun Pantycelyn in Llandovery is now a sustainable school. Is it not time that our 3 local county councillors, our own local AM and MP start fighting for our school in Llandovery? These changes throw a complete new light on the delivery of “21st century education”. The vast amount of public money wasted on the Tri-Level Reform should have been spent on improving the education of our pupils all along.

Save Ysgol Pantycelyn Action Group Committee.
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