About Us


The Central South Consortium (CSC) is a school improvement service which operates on behalf of five local authorities: Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

This region is the most populous in Wales. It includes over 400 schools and serves 135,000 learners - a third of the country’s school age children. The region is home to the highest number and the largest proportion of children living in poverty; it is also home to the capital city and the economic, financial, creative and media industries of Wales.

Our ambition as a region is that, by 2018:

  • our learners achieve the best educational outcomes in Wales, rivalling similar parts of the United Kingdom;
  • the poverty-related attainment gap is closing faster here than anywhere else in Wales; and
  • that the region is known and recognised for its high-quality school-led professional learning


The Central South Consortium is working to establish a self-improving system for the schools in the Central South Wales. A key driver for this system is the ability for schools and their linked organisations to access effective practice.

By sharing the news, views and experiences of education professionals in the region and beyond, we believe that the schools in Central South Wales will be able to draw upon this knowledge to fully inform their school improvement activities.

Personal Views

The Central South Consortium manages this blog, however readers are reminded that the views published are not necessarily the views of the Consortium; they are the views of the publishing author.

We approach a wide and varied range of authors to provide a mix of blog posts to stimulate thought and discussion.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of any of the blog posts please do not hesitate to contact CSC on communications@cscjes.org.uk / 01443 827500.

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