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Andrews calls on education professionals to tackle failing Welsh schools

22/03/2013 Kelly
Wales' education secretary Leighton Andrews has played down suggestions he could bring in private sector organisations to help those in teaching jobs to raise standards.

Last month, Welsh schools watchdog Estyn warned Monmouthshire and Merthyr Tydfil councils that they could be put under special measures and stripped of their educational responsibilities, while Anglesey, Blaenau Gwent and Pembrokeshire have already been placed in special measures.

Mr Andrews has subsequently told the Wales Report on BBC One Wales that he does not believe private sector intervention in Welsh schools is the answer and that he believes there is the capacity in the country's education system to tackle its problems.

He remarked: "I don't want to be in the position of having to bring in private companies.

"What I want is the profession in Wales to take a grip of the situation and to commit to turning it around."

Earlier this year, Mr Andrews launched the Lead and Emerging Practitioner Schools programme, which will see primary and secondary teachers from Wales' best schools share their expertise with other schools striving to improve their performance.

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