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Commenting on the independent review of Estyn’s roles and responsibilities by Professor Graham Donaldson, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:
 
“It is clear from the recommendation in the report that Professor Donaldson has listened to the teaching profession.
 
“The recommendation for a ‘suspension of the formal inspection reporting cycle for a period while inspectors engage with schools both to learn about and support the realisation of the new curriculum’ will be particularly welcome by teachers, school leaders and the wider education workforce, as many inspectors still appear to have very little knowledge about the new curriculum.
 
“This review will complement and resonate with the cultural change in terms of school accountability which is now being promoted actively by the Welsh Government.”  
 
Rex Phillips, NASUWT National Official for Wales, said:
 
“The report appears to steer Estyn back towards the role of ‘critical friend’ rather than ‘common enemy’ and that is to be welcomed.”

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