Agenda and minutes

Education and Learning Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 9th March, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: virtually via Microsoft Teams - if you would like to attend this meeting live via Microsoft Teams please contact committee.services@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Contact: Democratic Services  5100

Media

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 H. Trollope (Chair), G. Collier and T. Smith.

 

Co-opted Member

A. 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 261 KB

To receive the Minutes of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee held on the 11th February, 2021.

 

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

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee Meeting held on 11th February, 2021 were submitted.

 

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

5.

Action Sheet - 11th February 2021 pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To receive the Action Sheet.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The action sheet arising from the meeting of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee held on 11th February, 2021 was submitted, whereupon:-

 

 

 

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

6.

Estyn Thematic Review - Blaenau Gwent’s Response to COVID-19 pdf icon PDF 503 KB

To consider the report of the Corporate Director Education.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Corporate Director of Education which was presented to provide Members of the Education and Learning Committee with an opportunity to review the Estyn Thematic Review report that outlines narrative on the corporate response to the COVID-19 situation, particularly supporting the schools during the emergency period.

 

 

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 1; namely that the report be accepted as presented.

7.

EAS Business Plan 2021-2022 pdf icon PDF 465 KB

To consider the report of the Corporate Director Education.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Corporate Director of Education which was presented for members to consider the full contents of the draft EAS Business Plan 2021-2022, as part of the regional consultation process. Through this activity, members will ensure that the plan enables appropriate support for schools and settings in Blaenau Gwent.

 

 

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 1; namely that the Business Plan be accepted as presented.

8.

Inspire 2 Achieve and Work Performance Report January – December 2020 pdf icon PDF 527 KB

To consider the report of the Youth Service Manager.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Youth Services Manager which was presented to provide Members with an opportunity to scrutinise the local Inspire 2 Achieve and Inspire 2 Work projects funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). These projects are part of the Youth Service team’s approach to reducing the numbers of young people becoming Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET).

 

 

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 1; namely that Members scrutinised the information detailed within the report, and recommend to the Executive Committee that the report be accepted.

9.

Welsh Public Library Standards (WPLS) Annual Return 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 540 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 for Members to consider the attached report (appendix 1) received from the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division (MALD) of Welsh Government with respect to the third year of the Sixth Assessment Framework for the Welsh Public Library Standards (WPLS) return 2019/20.

 

 

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 1; namely that Members scrutinised the information detailed within the report and recommend to the Executive Committee that the report be accepted.

10.

Blaenau Gwent Education Admissions Policy for Nursery and Statutory Education 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 447 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 outline the outcome of the annual review and consultation process associated with the Blaenau Gwent Admissions Policy for Nursery and Statutory Education.  Education and Learning Scrutiny Committee are asked to provide their views and comments on the document in preparation for the 2022-23 admission round, prior to its determination and publication on the 15th April 2021.

 

 

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 1; namely that the policy document be accepted.

11.

Forward Work Programme: 20th April 2021 pdf icon PDF 397 KB

To receive the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

The Corporate Director of Education requested that due to the pandemic the report on Education Accessibility Strategy be moved to a future meeting to allow the Transformation Team more time to prepare the document and suggested that this could be replaced on the agenda with a Covid-19 update report.

 

The Committee AGREED, subject to the foregoing, that the report be accepted and endorse Option 1; namely that the report on Education Accessibility Strategy be moved to a future meeting and be replaced on the agenda with a Covid-19 update report.