Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Pontypool NP4 6YB
Contact: Geraint Thomas
Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services)
Welcome & apologies / Croeso ac ymddiheuriadau
1.1 Apologies were received from Councillors Kathy Evans, Alan Jones
and Raymond Williams.
Declarations of interest / Datganiadau o fudd
2.1 No interests were declared.
2.2 The CLO left the meeting.
Minutes 15/1/2020 / Cofnodion 15/1/2020 PDF 414 KB
3.1 The minutes of the meeting held on 15th January 2020
were confirmed as an accurate record.
Action sheet / Taflen Gweithredu PDF 99 KB
4.1 The Committee noted the action sheet.
EAS Business Plan 2020-2021 and Local Authority Annex 2020-2021 (Draft for consultation) / Cynllun Busnes GCA 2020-2021 ac Atodiad Awdurdod Lleol 2020-2021 (drafft ar gyfer ymgynghoriad) PDF 431 KB
5.1 EP introduced the report and reminded the Committee that the
Business Plan was still in the consultation phase, where overview
and scrutiny committees were able to feed into the process. He
added that the Business Plan was a requirement from Welsh
Government and that more detailed plans lay underneath
5.2 Following Members’ questions and comments, the COE, EP and
KB made the following main points:
confirmed that targets had been set in previous versions of the
Business Plan; however this year’s version was designed in
order to be easier to read, not just for members and professionals,
but for the whole community. She added that success criteria could
be found on page 37 of the agenda.
COE confirmed that the Local Authority (LA) Strategic Plan formed
part of the Service Plan and that priorities had been formed with
the Education Achievement Service (EAS). He added that all service
plans were reported to Council.
suggested that a more coherent programme was required around
governor training and he agreed to explore the possibility of
introducing professional qualifications. He added that it was
important to balance the needs of enthusiastic governors, without
deterring other people from performing the role.
terms of expected LA engagement being mentioned more throughout
other regional consortium business plans, KB explained that this
could be down to the different models used. For example, Education
through Regional Working (ERW) used a very different model where
challenge advisors were based within the LA, rather than the
- Following the Committee’s suggestion that the document
looked like a service agreement, rather than a partnership
document, KB agreed that it was possible that the long and clear
discussions with the five directors may not be reflected; however
school improvement could not happen with the EAS working in
isolation. The COE added that a much richer picture existed outside
of the document and it would be beneficial to publish this on the
COE explained that he had confidence in the systems to monitor
targets, which had improved over time, and that engagement with
school leadership teams and governing bodies was vital. He added
that the systems were working very well in terms of primary schools
and that the three secondary schools categorised as red were
receiving the support that they required.
COE confirmed that legacy issues existed around leadership and
quality of teaching in some schools and KB added that change takes
time; however she reassured the committee by confirming that the LA
and EAS met quarterly regarding quality assurance
COE confirmed that the mid-year evaluation of the current business
plan was reported to directors of education and the Regional Joint
Executive Group (JEG) at the end of November 2019; and at that
point they became public documents. He suggested that a mechanism
could be put in place to make sure that key documents were shared
with the Committee in future.
COE explained that Estyn had raised
concerns regarding the ...
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Date of next meeting 11/3/2020 / Dyddiad y cyfarfod nesaf 11/3/2020
6.1 The date of the next meeting was noted.
6.2 The meeting ended at 4.00pm.