Agenda Item No. 4
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
LEARNING AND CULTURE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE: 23 MAY 2016
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 26 APRIL 2016
C3156 INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL PROGRESS PANELS (CSS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – LIFELONG LEARNING) -
At its meeting on 7 March, Cabinet considered a referral from the Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) of the report 'National Categorisation - outcomes for Vale schools'. The referral included a recommendation 'that progress panel meetings at the identified schools [High Street Primary and Fairfield Primary] be conducted' and 'that a programme of work in respect of this recommendation (and one other) be presented for consideration by the Committee'.
In making this recommendation, the Scrutiny Committee had noted that High Street Primary School had remained in the amber support category with the capacity to improve changing from a B to a C, and that Fairfield Primary School had been identified by Estyn as a primary school in which the local authority should have taken a more direct approach in challenging performance.
Cabinet further resolved that a further report be brought back to Cabinet that provided a review of the High Street and Fairfield primary schools, detailing the current issues and the involvement of the Scrutiny Working Panel, and to establish a protocol for future visits to schools, to thereafter be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) if necessary.
A procedure for the conduct of progress panel meetings had previously been developed. An updated protocol was attached at Appendix A to the report. The amendments were minor in nature and reflected current post holder titles.
The need for an individual school progress meeting could be triggered by a number of events such as the publication of weak results in external examinations, the outcome of Estyn Inspections placing a school in a statutory category or the outcome of the national categorisation process identifying that the school was in need of higher levels of support in order to improve. The decision whether to progress a School Progress Panel would continue to be made by Cabinet.
This was a matter for Executive decision
Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein
(1) T H A T the Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) be requested to conduct individual school progress panels at High Street and Fairfield Primary schools.
(2) T H A T the minor amendments to the protocol in relation to School Progress Panel meetings as outlined in Appendix A attached to the report be approved.
Reasons for decisions
(1) In order to establish whether the schools had appropriate plans and monitoring arrangements in place and to establish what progress had been made and what further progress was required.
(2) In order that the protocol can be updated as necessary.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 25 APRIL 2016
[N.B. Members are asked to consider the appointment of two three Member-led Panels to High Street and Fairfield Primary Schools and agree membership of the Panels in accordance with the Procedure as outlined at Appendix A to the report.]