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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 13 January, 2014

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for Children's Services

 

Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2014 - 2017

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To seek Cabinet approval for the updated Draft Welsh Medium Education Strategic Plan 2014 - 2017.

Recommendations

1.         That Cabinet approve the updated Draft Welsh Medium Education Strategic Plan 2014 - 2017 (attached at Appendix 1).

2.         That Members delegate responsibility for making further changes to the plan and submitting it to Welsh Government to the Chief Learning and Skills Officer in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children's Services.

3.         That Members approve the use of the urgency procedure under article 13 of the Council Constitution be used in order to submit the WESP by 20th January 2014.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To address the requirements of the measure which became statutory in 2012 following consultation on School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Bill; White Paper.

2.         To ensure that the Draft WESP is fully considered.

3.         To ensure that the WESP is progressed.

Background

2.         The Draft Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) details how the authority plans to achieve the Welsh Government's outcomes and targets outlined in the Welsh Medium Education Strategy (WMES 2010) .

3.         It forms part of the Council's broad strategy for the Welsh Language and contains an action plan for the development of Welsh education in the Vale of Glamorgan.

4.         The first WESP was published in 2012: this document describes progress to implement the initial plan and actions for the future.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.         The Authority is required to include data relating to performance against the following     targets within the WESP Action Plan:

·           more seven-year-old children being taught through the medium of Welsh as a percentage of the Year 2 cohort;

·           more learners continuing to improve their language skills on transfer from primary school to secondary school;

·           more learners studying for qualifications through the medium of Welsh;

·           more learners aged 16-19 studying Welsh and subjects through the medium of Welsh; and

·           more learners with improved skills in Welsh.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.         The resources required to deliver the Council's obligations under the new Welsh in Education Strategic Plan are included in current revenue budgets.

7.         The Welsh in Education Grant awarded annually will contribute towards supporting the resources required to deliver the targets and outcomes of the new Welsh in Education Strategic Plan.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.         None

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.         For 2012/13 the WESP will be submitted on a voluntary basis, however, the Welsh Government has announced their proposals to place the WESP on a statutory basis to be included in the first Welsh Education Bill.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.      There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.      The WESP is one of the key elements of the Council's response to its equal opportunities and Welsh Language obligations.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.      The priorities and principles of the WESP are fully integrated into the Directorate objectives for Lifelong Learning.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.      This is a matter for executive decision by the Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.      Consultation has also take place with other stakeholders including:- WESP Forum, Menter Y Fro, Urdd and RhAG.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.      Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers

'Welsh in Education Strategic Plan' Guidelines from Welsh Government.

School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Bill; White Paper.

Contact Officer

Lynette Jones, Head of School Improvement and inclusion

Officers Consulted

Lynette Jones, Head of Achievement

Paula Ham, Head of Strategic Planning and Performance

David Davies, Lead Officer for Inclusion

Mark Haynes, School Organisations and Building Manager

Meryl Plummer, Lead Officer for School Improvement

Mark Davies, Children and Young Peoples Partnership

Linda Brown, Equalities

Debbie Maule, Early Years Partnership

Becky Wickett, Family Information Service

Andrew Borsden, Prinicpal Youth Officer

Richard Evans, Data Team

Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill

Chief Learning and Skills Officer

 

 

 

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