Agenda and minutes

Education and Learning Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 15th March, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: as a Hybrid Meeting: Via MS Teams/Abraham Derby Room at the General Offices, Ebbw Vale - if you would like to attend 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 L. Elias.

 

Co-opted Member

T. Baxter

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.

Special Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee Minutes pdf icon PDF 263 KB

To receive the Minutes of the Special Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee held on the 26th January, 2022.

 

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

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Special Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee Meeting held on 26th January, 2022 were submitted.

 

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

5.

Action Sheet - 26th January 2022 pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To receive the Action Sheet.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The action sheet arising from the special meeting of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee held on 26th January, 2022 was submitted.

 

The Committee AGREED that the action sheet be noted.

6.

Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee Minutes pdf icon PDF 225 KB

To receive the Minutes of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee held on the 1st February, 2022.

 

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

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee Meeting held on 1st February, 2022 were submitted.

 

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

7.

Action Sheet - 1st February 2022 pdf icon PDF 104 KB

To receive the Action Sheet.

Minutes:

The action sheet arising from the meeting of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee held on 1st February, 2022 was submitted.

 

The Committee AGREED that the action sheet be noted.

8.

Education Directorate-Response to COVID-19 pdf icon PDF 607 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 with an opportunity to review the Education Directorate’s response to the COVID-19 situation, particularly supporting the schools during the emergency response period.

 

 

 

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

9.

Education Achievement Service Business Plan 2022-2025 pdf icon PDF 448 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 and the Managing Director EAS which was presented for Members to consider the full contents of the draft EAS Business Plan 2022-2025, 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 Assistant Director EAS gave a presentation on the Business Plan covering a wide range of school improvement services to all schools.  The plan supports the role the Local Authority have in delivering their statutory function, addressing their individual improvement priorities and promoting improved pupil outcomes.

 

 

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 1; namely that Members received the report for information and accepted the Business Plan.

10.

Inspire 2 Achieve and Work Performance Report January – December 2021 pdf icon PDF 525 KB

To consider the report of the Service Manager Young People and Partnerships.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Service Manager Young People & Partnerships 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’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 the report be accepted.

11.

Welsh Public Library Standards (WPLS) Annual Return 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 530 KB

To consider the report of the Corporate Director Education.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Corporate Director of Education and the Service Manager Young People & Partnerships which was presented to consider the report submitted to the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division (MALD) of Welsh Government with respect to the fourth year of the Sixth Assessment Framework for the Welsh Public Library Standards (WPLS) return 2020/21.

 

 

 

 

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

12.

Blaenau Gwent Admissions Policy for Nursery and Statutory Education 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 504 KB

To consider the report of the Service Manager Education Transformation and Business Change.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Service Manager Education Transformation & Business Change which was presented to outline the outcome of the annual consultation process, in line with the revised draft of the Blaenau Gwent Admissions Policy for Nursery and Statutory Education 2023/24.

 

 

 

 

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