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Rise in private tuition as children’s needs not met

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tutoringA GROWING trend is happening in the education of Britain’s children. Many parents, dissatisfied with the provision their children have in state schools are turning to private tutors. The Sutton Trust, an organisation that states its aim is ‘to improve social mobility through education’, commissioned a survey to find out what effects this private tuition is having. They claim that wealthier families gain a substantial advantage from this type of tuition. The study also found that the richest families ‘are more likely to pay for extra lessons than the poorest’. In a MORI survey, it was shown that in 11-16 year olds 27% of the wealthiest pupils had private tutoring, whereas only 15% of poorer families had this help.

Conor Ryan, director of research at the Sutton Trust, said: “While many schools offer a range of sporting and other activities outside regular school hours, there is still a substantial advantage available to those who can afford it. “If we are serious about improving social mobility we must narrow the gap in educational opportunities outside of school as well as within the classroom.” In England the situation is exasperated within local authorities that have grammar schools and Professor Judy Ireson, of the Institute of Education said of the matter: “Parents may see private tutoring as a rational way to help their children perform well in the entrance exams for schools of their choice.

“Yet if our findings reflect a national picture it means that grammar school selection is not a level playing field with some children having a substantial amount of coaching to succeed.” Analysis by the private tutoring website, First Tutors, said that the cost of private tutoring is a fraction of the cost of private education, although the academic results are harder to measure. One local Pembrokeshire parent, who wished to remain anonymous due to what he felt was, an ‘uncooperative’ local school, told The Herald: “I am not rich, I just earn a normal wage, but I am quite happy to invest some of that in my child’s future. “Class sizes are too large and there just aren’t enough one-on-one sessions, particularly in Maths, where my son struggles.”

He went on to explain the relationship he has with the school: “They just won’t work with me and the tutor. We always try and follow what the school are doing – yet they are miles behind what the tutor is doing. “It makes no sense that they don’t want to use this valuable resource to improve my son’s results. It seems like petty resentment. The tutoring is well worth the money.” Shadow Education Minister and AM, Angela Burns, said: “The use of private tutors is growing, exponentially, and is very often because the child’s needs are not being met sufficiently by the education system. “I know of many parents with children who have learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, who pay for their child to receive specialist help in order that the child is then more able to access the National Curriculum during school time.

“These Parents are not wealthy but they are committed to giving their child the best opportunity, and they feel failed by the current system”. The Herald asked the Welsh Labour Government, who are solely responsible for education in Wales, for a response to the issue of private tutoring, who replied, through a spokesperson for the Education Minister, Huw Lewis: “It’s simply wrong to claim that parents in Wales do not feel that their children’s educational needs are being met in the classroom. “This is certainly not the feedback we’ve been getting from parents. Indeed, the recent National Survey for Wales revealed that 92% of parents were satisfied with their children’s primary school while 85% were satisfied with their children’s secondary school. “The Sutton Trust survey seems to indicate that private tuition is being used much more often across the border in England than it is here in Wales. “In London in the last year 24% of those polled said they had received extra coaching, compared to just 5% of Welsh pupils. If Angela Burns takes the view that the use of private tuition is a sign of a failing system then she should be asking her Westminster colleagues some very difficult questions.”

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New free school meals policy launched at Ysgol Bro Preseli in Crymych

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A NATIONAL scheme to roll out free school meals to the youngest learners in primary schools in Wales has been launched today (Wednesday, 7 September) by First Minister Mark Drakeford and Sian Gwenllian MS at Ysgol Bro Preseli in Crymych.

In Pembrokeshire, the rollout will include learners in:

full time nursery

• reception

• and years 1 and 2 pupils in primary schools

Known as the Universal Primary Free School Meals, the policy is part of the Co-operation Agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru.

The agreement will see free school meals extended to ALL primary school learners over the next three years.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “No child should go hungry. Families throughout Wales are under huge pressure because of the cost-of-living crisis and we are doing everything we can to support them.

“Extending free school meals to all primary schools is one of a number of measures we are taking to support families through this difficult time.

“I’m really pleased to see how our schools have embraced this and the speed at which they and our public services have worked together to begin providing free school meals.

“We know younger children are more likely to be living in relative income poverty, which is why the youngest of our learners will be the first to benefit.”

Cllr Guy Woodham, Cabinet Member for Education and the Welsh Language, said Pembrokeshire County Council were delighted to support the policy.

“Families are facing difficult times with the increasing everyday costs of living, so free, nutritious school meals for our youngest learners are great news,” he said. “No child should come to school hungry or be hungry during the day.

“We’d like to encourage parents of children in full-time nursery, reception and years 1 and 2 in primary schools to take advantage of this fantastic scheme from Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru.”

Ysgol Bro Preseli Headteacher Mrs Rhonwen Morris said: “As a school we aim to provide all learners with the same opportunity to thrive. We nurture learners from a young age; academically, socially and physically.

“We welcome such a progressive scheme ensuring that learners are provided with a nutritious balanced diet that will support all aspects of their education, progress and wellbeing.

“We look forward to seeing this scheme being extend to all primary school learners over the next three years thus ensuring equity for all in primary education.”

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Blue Gem Wind support Pembrokeshire College with new BTEC Engineering Course

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BLUE Gem Wind are supporting Pembrokeshire College with a BTEC Engineering course aimed at providing a pathway to renewables for 14-16 year-olds. The new course, which begins in September, will be delivered in partnership with other local renewable energy companies and is supported by the Skills and Talent strand of the Swansea Bay City Deal.   

Mike Scott, Project Managing Director at Blue Gem Wind, explained. “The offshore wind sector around the UK is progressing at a pace that is already seeing skills shortages, particularly in engineering roles. As we continue to develop Wales’ first floating wind project it is crucial that we play a meaningful role in supporting Pembrokeshire’s future generations to get ready for a career in floating offshore wind.”

David Jones, Stakeholder Manager, added, “We are looking forward to working in collaboration with the college and other local renewable energy companies to deliver this exciting new course. This focus on 14-16 year-olds will complement our primary school STEM related programme.”

Hayley Williams, Curriculum Development Manager at Pembrokeshire College, said. “Pembrokeshire College is very excited to offer this unique collaborative programme to learners from Milford Haven School and Ysgol Harri Tudur. Blue Gem Wind will bring real life examples of floating wind engineering challenges for the pupils to consider, and the type of job roles and thinking needed to solve them. Enthusing young people about the emergence of new career pathways will help future-proof a skilled workforce for the renewable energy sector in Pembrokeshire.

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Universal Primary Free School Meals roll out will commence in September 2022

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FROM September, schools in Pembrokeshire will roll out Free School Meals to children in:

  • full time nursery
  • reception
  • and years 1 and 2 pupils in primary schools

The Universal Primary Free School Meals policy is part of the Cooperation Agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru, which will see free school meals extended to all primary school learners over the next three years.

You can find out more here: https://gov.wales/find-out-about-free-school-meals

Please also see more information here, including FAQs: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/school-meals/primary-schools-menu

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