Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting: 23 February, 2015
Report of the Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Schools
Instrument of Government for the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)
Purpose of the Report
1. To seek Cabinet approval of the constitution of the Council's Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) new management committee and the new name of the PRU.
1. That Cabinet authorises the use of article 13.09 of the Council's Constitution (urgent decision procedure) to approve the attached Instrument of Government and re-name the PRU as Y Daith.
Reasons for the Recommendations
1. To ensure that the constitution of the management committee and the naming of the PRU complies with the legal framework pursuant to article 13.09 of the Council's Constitution.
2. New regulations require that PRUs must have an Instrument of Government and be constituted in accordance with the new Instrument of Governance. Local Authorities are expected to be compliant by 23rd February 2015. The Vale's PRU operates over two sites: key stage 3 pupils are based at Amelia Farm and key stage 4 pupils are based in Cowbridge. The PRU would benefit from a name that provides a stronger single identity.
Relevant Issues and Options
3. The PRU (Y Daith) is submitting its draft Instrument of Government to the Local Authority, in accordance with the legislation listed below under Legal Implications, as the management committee will function similarly to a governing body of a school.
4. The management committee approved the draft Instrument of Government (attached at Appendix A) on 16 December 2014.
5. Y Daith (the journey) has been identified by the management committee as their preferred new name.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
6. None directly arising from this report.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
7. None directly arising from this report.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
8. This report and its recommendation comply with The Education (Pupil Referral Units) (Management Committees etc.) (Wales) Education Regulations 2014
Crime and Disorder Implications
9. None directly arising from this report.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
10. The work of the Management Committee will impact positively on the outcomes for pupils in the PRU as it will work in a similar fashion to governing bodies of mainstream schools.
11. The management committee will challenge, monitor and support Y Daith, promoting excellence and intervening as necessary to ensure that underperformance, or potential underperformance, is addressed.
Policy Framework and Budget
12. This is a matter for Executive decision.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
13. Ward member consultation is not applicable.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
14. Lifelong Learning.
The Government of Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2005. The Education (Pupil Referral Units) (Management Committees etc.) (Wales) Education Regulations 2014
Director of Learning and Skills