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Education expert calls for shake-up of Welsh schools

23/02/2011 Kelly
The education system in Wales needs to be given a thorough makeover in order to boost standards, a leading expert has argued.

Following on from the recent publication of the latest league tables from the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa), which show Welsh teenagers are lagging behind their English contemporaries when it comes to reading maths and science, University of Southampton education expert Professor David Reynolds has called on the Assembly Government to take immediate action, the Western Mail has reported.

In particular, he has urged decision-makers to implement wide-ranging changes at both primary and secondary level, for example by giving local authorities greater powers over their schools.

Advising Assembly members of the scale of the task in hand, Professor Reynolds said: "I don't think they've appreciated how much change there has to be if we're going to pick ourselves up off the bottom."

This comes just days after the head of the Welsh education inspection body, Ann Keane, called on schools to focus on boosting literacy levels.

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