The Education Achievement Service (EAS) welcomes the findings following the recent monitoring visit from Estyn. The monitoring report reviews the progress that has been made in addressing the three recommendations following the full regional inspection in May 2016.

The EAS is the school improvement service for the five local authorities within South East Wales: Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen. The Estyn inspection in May 2016 judged each of the five quality indicators as ‘Good’ and the recent progress visit judged that the EAS has continued to make improvements against each of the recommendations over this period.

The progress judgments made by Estyn against each recommendation correlate with the EAS evaluation of its own developments since May 2016 and with the areas identified as requiring further improvements. T
 
he Estyn report notes that:

“Senior managers make honest and accurate evaluations of the strengths and shortcomings in the school improvement activities that they provide for schools. They have a clear understanding of how to link the findings from self-evaluation activities to improvement planning.”
 
Debbie Harteveld, EAS Managing Director said

“I am pleased that the recent progress visit has recognised the developments that have been made within the EAS. These developments are testament to the strong partnerships and networks that exist across the region. I am privileged to work alongside such committed professionals within the EAS and the wider education sector in South East Wales. We are all clear about the areas that require further improvement and will face these together with rigour and determination.”
 
Cllr. Roger Jeavons, Chair EAS Board said

“The EAS Board Members accept the content of the progress report and will continue to work closely with Local Authorities to ensure that the level of progress is sustained. I would like to thank the staff within the EAS for their commitment to delivering a quality service to the education sector within South East Wales.”
 
Paul Matthews, Lead Chief Executive commented

"It is pleasing that Estyn recognise the continuing growth of the EAS. It now plays a major role in supporting teaching and learning across the region. It is becoming an exemplar of how organisations can come together with clear purpose and deliver better outcomes for all."
A full copy of the Estyn Monitoring Report can be found on the EAS website

http://www.sewales.org.uk/Documents/News/FollowUpReport_6924_18-09-2017.aspx
 
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