Agenda and minutes

Education and Learning Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 20th April, 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.

 

WELCOME

 

The Chair welcomed Luisa Munro-Morris as the new Head of School Improvement & Inclusion to her first formal meeting of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee.

 

2.

Apologies

To receive.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors G. Collier,

L. Elias, C. Meredith and D. Wilkshire

 

Co-opted Member

A. Williams

 

Strategic Education Improvement Manager

 

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 342 KB

To receive the Minutes of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee held on the 9th March, 2021.

 

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

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee Meeting held on 9th March, 2021 were submitted whereupon:-

 

 

 

The Committee AGREED, subject to the foregoing, that the Minutes be accepted as a true record of proceedings.

 

5.

Action Sheet - 1st April 2021 pdf icon PDF 173 KB

To receive the Action Sheet.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The action sheet arising from the meeting of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee held on 1st April, 2021 was submitted, whereupon:-

 

 

 

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

 

6.

Blaenau Gwent Education Services Self–Evaluation and Business Planning pdf icon PDF 536 KB

To consider the report of the Corporate Director of Education.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the 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 and business planning 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 1; namely that the report be accepted as presented.

 

7.

Education Directorate - Response to COVID-19 pdf icon PDF 601 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 scrutinise the Education Directorate’s 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.

 

8.

School Organisation Policy (2021/24) pdf icon PDF 384 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 seek the views of Education and Learning Scrutiny Committee in relation to the review of the School Organisation Policy (2021-24), prior to presenting the policy to the Council’s Executive Committee. It is proposed that the revised policy is adopted and implemented from the start of new academic year 2021/22.

 

 

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and endorse Option 1; namely that the proposed changes to the Blaenau Gwent School Organisation Policy 2021 be agreed.