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Agenda Item No. 6

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Learning and Culture Scrutiny Committee: 23rd May 2016

 

Report of the Director of Learning and Skills

 

Summary of School Inspection Reports for spring term 2016

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To update members on the outcomes of school inspections for the spring term 2016.
  2. To update members on the outcomes of recent Estyn monitoring visits.

Recommendations

  1. That members note the inspection judgements about the schools inspected during the spring term.
  2. That members note the judgements made by Estyn in its monitoring visit regarding the progress of one school in addressing inspection recommendations.
  3. That members note the judgements made by Estyn with regard to schools in local authority monitoring.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1, 2 & 3 In order that members are aware of Estyn judgements about local schools.

Background

  1. In September 2010 Estyn's School Inspection Common Inspection Framework (CIF) was introduced across all schools in Wales.
  2. An overview of the CIF is outlined in Appendix 1.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. Ysgol Dewi Sant and St Andrews Major Primary School were inspected during the spring term 2016.
  2. A summary of the inspection findings for each of the named school/playgroup is appended to this report (Appendix 2).
  3. The purposes of inspections are to:
  • Provide accountability to the users of the services and other stakeholders through public reporting on providers;
  • Promote improvement in education and training; and
  • Inform the development of national policy by Welsh Government.
  1. School inspections are governed by the Education Act 2005 and related regulations. Inspections must be conducted by teams of inspectors, led by a HMI, additional inspector or registered inspector, and must result in a written report. Section 28 of the Education Act 2005, says that inspectors must report on:
  • The educational standards achieved by the school;
  • The quality of education provided by the school;
  • How far education meets the needs of the range of pupils at the school;
  • The quality of leadership in and management of the school, including whether the financial resources are managed efficiently;
  • The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils at the school; and
  • The contribution of the school to the wellbeing of pupils.
  1. During all core inspections, the inspection team will consider whether the school needs any follow-up activity.
  2. When conducting school inspections, the main forms of evidence considered are:
  • Briefings from local authorities;
  • Documentary evidence, including data on pupils' performance and progress;
  • Observation of teaching or training sessions and other activities;
  • Samples of pupils' work;
  • The views of pupils and stakeholders; and
  • Discussion with staff, leaders and managers, governors and others.
  1. The reporting inspector is responsible for producing a final inspection report that is clear to a lay audience and helpful to the school. In most cases, the main body of the report is no longer than five pages.
  2. The structure of the inspection report is based on two overall summary judgements, three key questions and ten quality indicators and takes the following form:
  3. Summary
  • Overall judgement on the school's current performance
  • Overall judgement on the school's prospect for improvement

Main findings

Key Question 1: How good are outcomes?

  • Standards
  • Wellbeing

Key Question 2: How good is provision?

  • Learning experiences
  • Teaching
  • Care, support and guidance

Key Question 3: How good are leadership and management?

  • Leadership
  • Improving quality
  • Partnership working
  • Resource management
  1. The two overall summary judgements and the judgements for the three key questions and the ten quality indicators can be one of four options:
  • Excellent - Many Strengths, including significant examples of sector-leading practice
  • Good - Many strengths and no important areas requiring significant improvement
  • Adequate - strengths outweigh areas for improvement
  • Unsatisfactory - Important areas for improvement outweigh strengths
  1. During the spring term the overall judgements achieved by Vale of Glamorgan schools which were inspected were as follows:
 

Current Performance

Prospects for Improvement

Ysgol Dewi Sant

Adequate

Adequate

St Andrews Major Primary

Good

Good

     
  1. As a result of these inspections follow-up activity has been identified: Ysgol Dewi Sant - Estyn monitoring and St Andrews Major Primary - local authority monitoring.
  2. While the responsibility for producing the action plan rests with the school, the authority also has a number of key responsibilities. These include:-
  • Ensuring that any issues identified by Estyn relating to the Local Authority are addressed;
  • Ensuring that delivery of the action plan is monitored through challenge advisor visits to schools;
  • Supporting schools to raise standards through identification and sharing of good practice.
  1. In all instances the Directorate of Learning and Skills will work with schools to ensure an effective and robust action plan is developed to build upon areas of strengths and to address and identified shortcomings.
  2. Estyn recognises its unique position to show case some of the excellent practice identified across all of the education and training sector it inspects. One way it does this is by asking schools in which it has identified excellence to write case studies, outlining how excellence has been achieved in identified areas. Following recent inspections, Vale schools have produced the following case studies;
  3. No case studies were requested from Vale schools in the spring term.                                               
  4. During spring term 2016 Estyn monitored the following Vale school:
  • Bryn Hafren Comprehensive
  1. During monitoring visits, Estyn judge the extent of the progress made by the school in addressing the recommendations of the inspection report. The review activity considers the Local Authority report and scrutiny of the school's post inspection action plan and self-evaluation report. During the visit it is the school's responsibility to supply evidence that demonstrates progress against recommendations.
  2. Progress can be judged to be;
  • Limited - Does not meet the recommendation
  • Satisfactory - Address the recommendation in many respects
  • Strong - Address the recommendation in most respects
  • Very good - Address the recommendation in all respects
  1. Having reviewed the progress made by the school in addressing each of the recommendations, Estyn could;
  • Remove the school from all follow up activity
  • Leave the school in Estyn monitoring
  • Place the school in a category; requiring significant improvement or special measures
  1. The outcome of the Estyn monitoring visit completed in the spring term is:

School name

Overall judgement

Outcome

Bryn Hafren Comprehensive

Satisfactory Progress against 3 recommendations and limited progress against 2

Placed in Significant Improvement

     
     
  1. The detail of the progress the school made against each of the recommendations made is provided in Appendix 3.
  2. The Vale now has two schools judged by Estyn to need significant improvement - Barry Comprehensive and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School.
  • Barry Comprehensive School has produced a post inspection action plan and is supported by a local authority statement of action. In addition it benefits from the School Challenge Cymru programme. An Accelerated Improvement Board, AIB, monitors progress against the action plan.
  • Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School will submit its post inspection action plan by 6th May 16 and will be supported by a local authority statement of action that will be submitted by 20th May 16. A senior challenge adviser will monitor and report on progress made against the plan.
  1. The Vale now has 2 schools/settings in Estyn monitoring. Ysgol Dewi Sant and Wenvoe Playgroup.
  2. Schools placed in local authority monitoring as a result of an Estyn inspection are required to demonstrate progress in addressing the recommendations of the inspection report. Challenge Advisors oversee the work of the schools monitor the delivery of an agreed action plan and report progress termly.
  3. The local authority is required to submit a progress report to Estyn that;
  • Summarises the progress made against each of the recommendations
  • Makes a judgement regarding the extent of the progress made in addressing each of the recommendations. The judgement can be limited, satisfactory, strong or very good (please refer to paragraph 21 for definitions).
  • Makes a recommendation regarding whether or not the school/setting should be removed from local authority monitoring.
  1. Having received the report from the local authority Estyn can;
  • Remove the school from all follow up activity
  • Leave the school in local authority monitoring
  • Place the school in Estyn monitoring
  1. The Vale of Glamorgan currently has 3 schools in local authority monitoring. These are Albert Primary, St Andrews Major Primary and Y Bont Faen Primary. Romilly Primary School has been removed from local authority monitoring.
  2. See Appendix 4 which provides an overall summary of Estyn activity for the period September 2015 - April 2016.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. Follow-up activity for schools placed in a category will be resourced through the School Improvement Service and Central South Consortium.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. There are no legal implications.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. Welsh medium schools undergo school inspections by Estyn according to the same Common Inspection Framework, but through the medium of Welsh.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. This report supports the Council's corporate objectives for Education and Lifelong Learning and the priorities identified in Education 2015.
  2. This report supports the objectives listed in the Service Plan for School Improvement 2012/2013.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. The recommendations of this report are within existing policy framework and budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. Not applicable

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Lifelong Learning or Corporate Resources

Background Papers

Estyn common inspection framework for schools

Contact Officer

Mike Glavin, Head of School Improvement and Inclusion

Officers Consulted

Stuart Sherman, Senior Challenge Advisor, Central South Consortium

Meryl Plummer, Lead Officer for School Improvement

Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill, Director of Learning and Skills

 

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