Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 14TH JULY, 2014
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 23RD JUNE, 2014
â€œ CENTRAL SOUTH CONSORTIUM BUSINESS PLAN (REF) –
The Central South Consortium Business Plan for 2014/15 had been presented to Cabinet at its meeting on 23rd June and they had referred the report to Scrutiny Committee for consideration. The Business Plan set out the Central South Wales Challenge Vision, the priorities for the Consortium, operating model and budget and performance monitoring arrangements. Local Authorities specific appendices were being finalised. The Central South Wales Challenge Vision marked an important shift where improvement activity was led by schools for schools. The Vision would require a systematic shift in ownership of school improvement activity which was based from a school level. The Business Plan referred to the restructuring of Consortium to accommodate the new Vision copy, to respond to the national model and to reflect the lessons of the first 18 months of operation. The Business Plan would be delivered using funding provided by the Council at the same levels as in 2013/14 pending the transfer of additional functions in April 2015 from retained grant funding and from income from schools. The Chief Learning and Skills Officer advised that the Managing Director for the Consortium had now been confirmed, namely, Hannah Woodhouse, and a smaller Joint Committee and an Executive Board was being established.
The Scrutiny Committee had already committed to inviting officers from the Consortium to meetings of the Scrutiny Committee to hold them to account and to advise of the work of the Consortium. Members, in confirming that this would be the way forward for the Scrutiny Committee in order to hold the Consortium to account, also wished to ensure that good practice through schools was being spread throughout the Vale of Glamorgan Schools and, if appropriate, throughout the Consortium.
A Member referred to the fact that no mention of the work of the WLGA or Wales Audit Office in respect of the accountability for the work of the Consortium was detailed in the document and many Members considered that a number of years when the Consortium was being initially set up had been lost. The Cabinet Member stated that the new national model now provided national guidance and appeared to be a far better governance model with a more robust structure.
The Chief Learning and Skills Officer stated that in her view Headteachers appeared to now have more support for the Consortium and that the results of the recent survey of Headteachers could be shared with Members in due course. It was subsequently
(1) T H A T the Central South Consortium Business Plan be noted.
(2) T H A T Cabinet be advised that the Scrutiny Committee would continue to challenge and hold the Consortium to account on a regular basis.
Reasons for recommendations
(1) In view of the contents contained therein.
(2) To ensure effective scrutiny of the Consortium is maintained.â€