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Education Cabinet Member Should Resign

Newport Conservatives - Thursday, February 08, 2018
Education Cabinet Member Should Resign

Renewed Calls For Resignation Of Council's Education Cabinet Member!

Renewed calls have been made by senior Conservatives in Newport City Council for the resignation of the Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Gail Giles.

Newport Conservative Chairman Cllr William Routley said “In the recent Welsh Government ratings system, 5 out of the 9 Comprehensive Schools' either declined or showed no improvement. Three of these schools' received a RED RATING and two of these are in SPECIAL MEASURES. This is really worrying.”

Newport Conservative Group Leader Cllr Matthew Evans said “Our teaching staff and head teachers work extremely hard. I know there are many passionate people working in education and I don’t blame them, but ultimately somebody has to take responsibility for this. The buck stops at the door of the Cabinet Member for Education and she should do the honourable thing and tender her resignation”.

Caerleon Councillor Joan Watkins said “I recently met with a parental group for Autistic Children and they are very worried over future provision for vulnerable children in mainstream schooling. There are also real concerns regarding the PRU. We need changes now. Cllr Giles is clearly not up to the job”.

Earlier in the week, St.Julians Campaigner Michael Enea also called for the Education Cabinet Member to resign, in a social media video that has been viewed by over 7,000 people. Mr Enea said “The Chair of Governors at Newport High School resigned after that school went into Special Measures two weeks ago. On social media, we’ve seen an overwhelming amount of people agreeing that the Council should take responsibility for the Secondary Education crisis in Newport at the moment”.

The following facts have been obtained:

  • • 3 Schools were given RED RATINGS. St. Julians retains a Red Rating. Both Newport High and Llanwern High deteriorated from an Amber Rating to Red.
  • • 2 of the 3 Schools given Red Ratings are in 'Special Measures'. These are Newport High and St. Julians.
  • • John Frost School School deteriorated from a Yellow Rating to Amber.
  • • Lliswerry Comprehensive retained a Yellow Rating and did not improve on the previous year.
  • • Caerleon Comprehensive improved from an Amber Rating to Yellow.
  • • 3 Schools retained their Green Ratings - Bassaleg, St. Josephs and Ysgol Gwfun Gwent Is Coed.

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Concerned Resident commented on 08-Feb-2018 06:12 PM
This is a shocking indictment of Labour's education policy. It also reflects much of their wider ineptitude on a whole range of Government matters. However, the responsibility lies squarely on their shoulders and they cannot blame anyone else for this appalling state of affairs, least of all the Conservatives. If Giles had an ounce of decency, or honour, she would resign now.

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