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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee [Lifelong Learning]: 5th December 2011

 

Report of the Director of Learning and Development

 

Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2012 - 2015

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To present Members with final draft copy of the Welsh Medium Education Strategic Plan 2012 - 2015.

Recommendation

1.             That Members endorse the final draft copy of the Welsh Medium Education Strategic Plan 2012 - 2015 (attached at Appendix 1 - English copy and Appendix 2 - Welsh copy).

Reason for the Recommendation

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

Background

2.             From 2012 all LA's 'Welsh Education Schemes' currently approved and monitored by the Welsh Language Board, will become the responsibility of the Welsh Government.

3.             The Vale's current Welsh Education Scheme (2009-2013) will be replaced in 2012 by the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP).

4.             The Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) will detail how the authority will aim to achieve the Welsh Government's outcomes and targets outlined in the Welsh Medium Education Strategy (WMES 2010).

5.             The Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) will continue to form a part of the Council's broad strategy for the Welsh Language and will contain an action plan for the development of Welsh education in the Vale of Glamorgan.

 

Relevant Issues and Options

6.             The Welsh Education Scheme (2009-14) previously considered by this Committee is a comprehensive document identifying the actions required to meet this Council's obligations under the relevant legislation provision.

7.             The Welsh Medium in Education Strategy targets and outcomes will be largely delivered by actions detailed in the LA 'Welsh in Education Strategic Plan' and funded by the Welsh in Education Grant.

8.             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 and Climate Change, if appropriate)

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

10.        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.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

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

Crime and Disorder Implications

12.        There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

13.        The new Welsh in Education Strategic Plan will be one of the key elements of the Council's response to its equal opportunities and Welsh Language obligations.

Corporate/Service Objectives

14.        The priorities and principles of the new Welsh in Education Strategic Plans will be fully integrated into the Directorate objectives for Lifelong Learning.

Policy Framework and Budget

15.        This is a matter for Executive decision by the Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

16.        Scrutiny (Lifelong Learning) consulted on 10th October 2011.  Consultation has also take place with other stakeholders including:-

WESP Forum, Menter y Fro, Urdd, Mudiad Meithrin and RhAG.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

17.        Lifelong Learning

Background Papers

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

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

Contact Officer

Menna Roberts, Welsh Language Adviser

Officers Consulted

Lynette Jones, Head of Achievement

Caroline Rees, Head of Inclusion and Access

Paula Ham, Head of Strategic Planning and Performance

David Davies, Head of Pupil Support Service, Inclusion and Access

Mike Matthews, Principal Planning Officer

Meryl Plummer, Strategy Team Leader - Foundation Phase

Diane Kurbalija, 14-19 Secondary Education Officer

Mark Davies, Children and Young Peoples Partnership

Linda Brown, Equalities

Debbie Maule, Early Years Partnership

Becky Wickett, Family Information Service

Tina Simmons, Youth Service

Richard Evans, Data Team

Responsible Officer:

Bryan Jeffreys, Director of Learning and Development

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