Agenda and minutes

Education and Learning Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 15th September, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: remotely via Microsoft Teams

Contact: Democratic Services  5100

Items
No. Item

1.

Simultaneous Translation

You are welcome to use Welsh at the meeting a minimum notice period of 3 working days is required should you wish to do so.  A simultaneous translation will be provided if requested.

Minutes:

It was noted that no requests had been received for the simultaneous translation service.

 

2.

Apologies

To receive.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors
L. Parsons, G. Collier and Alun Williams.

 

3.

Declarations of Interests and Dispensations

To consider any declarations of interests and dispensations made.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest or dispensations reported.

 

4.

Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee Minutes pdf icon PDF 260 KB

To receive the Minutes of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee held on 26th February, 2020.

 

(Please note the Minutes are submitted for points of accuracy only).

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee Meeting held on 26th February, 2020 were submitted.

 

The Committee AGREED that the Minutes be accepted as a true record of proceedings.

 

5.

Action Sheet - 26th February 2020 pdf icon PDF 214 KB

To receive the action sheet.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The action sheet arising from the meeting of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee held on 26th February, 2020 was submitted.

 

The Committee AGREED, subject to the foregoing, that the action sheet be noted.

 

6.

Time of Future Meetings

To consider.

Minutes:

The Committee AGREED that future meetings be held at 10.00 a.m. 

 

7.

Proposed Scrutiny Forward Work Programme 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 385 KB

To consider the report of the Chair of the Education and Learning Scrutiny Committee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Chair of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee.

 

A discussion ensued around School Inspection Reports and Members noted the importance of the Inspection reports which are statutory items and should be available on the agenda to be scrutinised by Members. The Interim Corporate Director concurred with these comments and the Chair thereupon proposed that School Inspection reports be presented as part of the agenda going forward.

 

The Committee AGREED this course of action.

 

The Committee AGREED, subject to the foregoing, that the report be accepted and endorse Option 1.

 

8.

Home to School and Post 16 Transport Policy 2021/22: Approval and Publication (by October 1st 2020) pdf icon PDF 519 KB

To consider the report of the Education Transformation Manager.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Education Transformation Manager which was presented to seek the views of Scrutiny Members in relation to the review of the Blaenau Gwent Home to School and Post 16 Transport Policy for the 2021/22 academic session.

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 1; namely theEducation and Learning Scrutiny Committee considered the Home

to School and Post 16 Transport Policy 2021/22 (Appendix 1), and recommended it to Executive Committee for approval.

 

9.

Blaenau Gwent - Post 16 Partnership Agreement pdf icon PDF 411 KB

To consider the report of the Youth Service Manager.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Youth Services Manager which was presented to provide Members of the Scrutiny Committee with an opportunity to scrutinise a proposal to establish a Blaenau Gwent Post 16 Partnership Board to oversee the strategic development of academic and vocational provision for learners across the County Borough.

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 2; Members scrutinised the information detailed within the report and made the appropriate recommendations to the Executive Committee for final approval.

 

10.

Blaenau Gwent Education Services DRAFT Self – Evaluation Findings pdf icon PDF 527 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Corporate Director of Education.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Interim Corporate Director of Education which was presented to provide Members of the Scrutiny Committee with an opportunity to scrutinise the findings of ongoing self-evaluation processes undertaken within the Education Directorate, across the Council and with key partners.

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 2; namely Members scrutinised the information detailed within the report and contributed to the continuous assessment of effectiveness by making appropriate recommendations to the Executive Committee.

 

11.

Revised LA Governor Policy pdf icon PDF 428 KB

To consider the report of the Strategic Education Improvement Manager.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Strategic Education Improvement Manager which was presented to consult Members of the Education and Learning Scrutiny Committee on the revised Local Authority Governor Policy

prior to consideration by the Executive Committee.

 

The Chair referred to the recent LEA Governor Panel and noted his request for the meeting to be clerked. He felt that it was important that the decisions made at the Panel were recorded formally as applicants are permitted to request a Freedom of Information request to have sight of discussions. The Officer confirmed that this had now been agreed with Business Support and agreed to include this arrangement in the report to be presented to the Executive Committee.

 

The Committee AGREED this course of Action.

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend, subject to the foregoing that the report be accepted and endorse Option 1