Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 17TH DECEMBER, 2012
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 10TH DECEMBER, 2012
" SCHOOL PERFORMANCE REPORT FOR THE LEVEL 2 INCLUSIVE, END OF KEY STAGE 4 (PROVISIONAL DATA ONLY) (CLSO) –
The purpose of the report was to update Members on school performance in 2012. Appendix 1 to the report provided the results for the Level 2 inclusive for each Local Authority in Wales it being noted that the Vale’s results were above the Welsh average and were ranked fifth. The information also showed a 1.1% increase in the Level 2 inclusive over the last three years for the Vale of Glamorgan. Appendix 2 provided the results for individual schools in the Vale and Appendix 3 provided detailed comparative information up to 2011 only.
Members were advised that a report showing comparisons with other Local Authorities would be presented to the Committee when the data was finalised in the New Year.
The Head of Service stated that whilst the results remained relatively good in many respects and that some schools were making accelerated progress, the performance trend and the performance of some schools required rapid improvement. The Directorate had therefore implemented an Authority wide support and development programme involving Headteachers in all Primary and Secondary schools and Heads of Departments and Subject Leaders to specifically address concerns as detailed at Appendix 4 to the report. Individual schools had also been targeted for support. Schools’ System Leaders within the Joint Education Service (JES) would monitor progress towards meeting performance targets on a termly basis and also deliver the Authority’s statutory school improvement functions to all schools on behalf of the Council.
Committee was also informed by the Head of Service that the report contained provisional data which highlighted that the Vale was above the Welsh average and ranked fifth. Since writing the report the department had recently received the final data which showed that the Vale's results for Level 2 inclusive were 55.3% with the Vale remaining in fifth position. The Head of Service in referring to paragraph 14 of the report stated that the paragraph should read that there was a decrease of 1.1% over years 10/11 -11/12 with the final year showing a decrease of 0.7%. The final data would now be considered with the view to bringing a report to the Scrutiny Committee in the New Year. It was noted that Maths was seen to be a main factor to underachievement and that the Council recognised where improvements needed to be made.
Concerns were raised and discussion ensued regarding the possible reasons for deterioration in pupil’s writing skills. Members were informed that in today’s society the use of modern technology and the text facility did not wholly assist in helping pupils in creative writing. However, technology was also seen as a very good favourable system which could, if used correctly, assist in creative writing. Of particular note however, was that schools in the Vale performed very well at Key Stage 2 in English. Members thanked the Head of Service for the detail contained within the report and the improvement procedures that had been put in place.
Having considered the report, it was subsequently
RECOMMENDED – T H A T the report be referred to Cabinet for consideration.
Reason for recommendation
To ensure the Cabinet is aware of the performance of schools and the ongoing programme for improvement."
Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning): 10th December, 2012