Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting: 29 July 2013
Report of the Cabinet Member for Children's Services
Pupil Wellbeing Strategy
Purpose of the Report
1. To up-date Members regarding the draft strategy and provide opportunity for further scrutiny.
1. That Cabinet notes the content of the report.
2. That Cabinet support its further development and consultation with key stakeholders.
3. That the report be referred to Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee for information and consultation.
4. That Cabinet receives a further report following the consultation in due course.
Reasons for the Recommendations
1-4. To undertake relevant consultation and to ensure that the final strategy reflects the
needs and aspirations of all relevant stakeholders.
2. Our vision for wellbeing is set out in the strategy and supports our ambition for all children and young people in the Vale of Glamorgan (Appendix 1: Draft Wellbeing Strategy).
3. We want children and young people to be happy, healthy and safe in their learning settings. We want them to enjoy their learning and have access to many participation opportunities, which they fully engage in. We do not want them to be disadvantaged in any way. We want all children and young people to fulfil their potential.
4. The purpose of the strategy is to provide a framework within which the Vale of Glamorgan and partners can plan, commission and evaluate a sustainable and comprehensive programme to meet identified wellbeing needs within its education system from Foundation Phase to the sixth form.
Relevant Issues and Options
5. The strategy will guide, support and direct the work of the Wellbeing Steering Group. The group aims to coordinate the planning and commissioning of services to ensure resources from all agencies are used in the most effective way, responds to current legislation, is coherent and works well in partnership with others in order to continually improve wellbeing in education in the Vale of Glamorgan.
6. A considerable amount of good work to improve wellbeing in education is already being carried out. This is set out in Appendix 2: Executive Summary Wellbeing in Education 2013.
7. We know that good wellbeing is a necessary condition for effective learning. We also know that early identification and implementation of effective intervention programmes are key to securing good wellbeing.
8. 67% of schools have introduced an early assessment screening tool for the social and emotional aspects of learning. This aspect of learning is a good proxy measure for pupil wellbeing.
9. The Wellbeing Team and Educational Psychology Service support schools in the analysis of wellbeing assessment results and the identification of pupils requiring interventions.
10. 3,000 pupils were assessed in 2010/11 of which 23% were identified as requiring some form of intervention.
11. Preliminary post -intervention analysis indicate that on average pupils' levels of anxiety, anger, negative experience and negativity at home decreased.
12. Analyses such as these will form some of the outcomes measures we will use to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of support programmes, to improve pupil wellbeing and guide further work.
13. The Steering Group will promote work with other agencies and partnerships to ensure that the best possible results are achieved. The details are set out in the action plan.
14. The Steering Committee comprises representatives from the school improvement and inclusion service, sport, catering, FACT, CYP, Healthy Schools, Educational Psychology, the Youth Service, the Wellbeing Team, Primary and Secondary Schools as well as a pupil representative.
15. The Strategy is very much in draft and is currently being developed further by the Steering Group. As stated earlier, the aim of this report is to actively seek the views of others to further shape and refine the document before finalising before the end of the Autumn Term 2013.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
16. The existing range of Welsh Government grant funding and current funding streams will be utilised to resource the strategy.
17. Good wellbeing supports pupil achievement and attainment and in turn contributes to a vibrant and sustainable community.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
Crime and Disorder Implications
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
21. The strategy supports the acquisition of a number of key objectives outlined in the Community Strategy and Learning and Skills Service Plan 2013 - 2017.
· the support children and young people to enjoy a healthy life free from abuse, victimisation and exploitation;
· to ensure that all children and young people have a safe home and community which support their physical and emotional wellbeing;
· to improve outcomes for learners deemed to be vulnerable due to a range of factors affecting their general wellbeing.
Policy Framework and Budget
22. This is a matter for Executive decision.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
23. The appropriate Chief Officer has been consulted. This report does not require Ward Member consultation.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
24. Lifelong Learning.
Welsh Government: Improving Schools
Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Monitor, Welsh Government 2011
Lynette Jones, Head of School Improvement and Inclusion
Ruth Ferrier, Team Leader Wellbeing
David Davies, Lead Officer for Inclusion
Jennifer Hill, Chief Learning and Skills Officer