Convener’s praise for progress in education

Angus Councillor Sheena Welsh.
Angus Councillor Sheena Welsh.

A snapshot of education in Angus was unveiled at a meeting of the local authority’s Education Committee in Forfar on Thursday.

The newly-published annual report for education in Angus 2012-13 outlines the performance on all aspects of the service’s work.

Among the highlights were: by the end of S6, the proportion of pupils attaining three or more awards at Higher level increased to an average of 35%; in 2012, 93.5% of Angus school leavers entered a positive destination; bullying incidents decreased at both primary and secondary level; schools are working collaboratively to develop teaching materials for the new National 3, 4, & 5 qualifications and the roll out of wireless technology in primary schools continued with the first phase completed.

Education Convener Sheena Welsh said: “This annual report gives a useful overview of the performance of the education service over the past year. I am pleased to see the good progress being made in a number of areas, and the steps being taken to address areas where performance has not been as good or where we haven’t met our targets. We will continue to work hard to raise attainment and achievement for all age groups in the county and give our young people the best educational experiences possible.”

Angus Council has updated its child protection guidelines for education staff. The guidelines have been revised to take account of developments in the area of child protection over the past few years.