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Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 10TH SEPTEMBER, 2012

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 30TH JULY, 2012

 

 

"C1799          CENTRAL SOUTH CONSORTIUM FOR EDUCATION SERVICES (L) (SCRUTINY - LIFELONG LEARNING) -

 

The report provided a comprehensive assessment of progress to date in regard to establishing the Central South Consortium (CSC) Education Service.  The report in itself touched upon matters relating to the following aspects:

 

  • the design and operational processes for Monitoring Challenge and Intervention with schools with agreement being reached between participating authorities
  • the model and components of the traded service arm had been agreed and prospectus circulated to schools to encourage 'sign up'
  • extensive consultation arrangements with relevant Trade Unions and Teaching Associations had been established to underpin a major and complex HR process to appoint staff to the agreed structures
  • partners were currently developing Transition Plan arrangements to ensure that key priorities and existing support structures for schools were delivered through the change process
  • a model Governance structure had been developed as part of the Outline Business Case.  This was being refined through a legal agreement.  The expectation was that the direction of the Joint Service would be set and monitored by Elected Members of the five authorities working through a Joint Committee
  • local authority legal and finance officers were working to conclude Legal Agreements to support the new organisational model.

The Committee was informed that all Vale staff identified as being 'in scope' for the new service had been offered positions within the Joint Education Service (JES) or had secured positions elsewhere.  In regard to the Consortia governing structure this was anticipated to be in place in September 2012.  However, to date, no Chairman had been appointed to the new Governance Board. 

 

In commenting on the progress of the establishment of the JES to date the Cabinet Member for Children's Services indicated that the Shadow Board would cease its operation from 1st September, 2012 and that joint scrutiny structure and corporate structure would need to be finalised.  He also expressed concern regarding the Links trading arm of which many schools had yet to sign up to.  He understood this was an issue which covered all schools across the geographical area of the JES.  The first formal meeting of the Consortia had not yet been finalised however, it was understood it would take place in September 2012. 

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED -

 

(1)       T H A T the progress made to date in establishing the Central South Consortia (CSC) Education Service be noted and that the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) for consideration.

 

(2)       T H A T the interim Legal Agreement as set out in Appendix 1 to the report be approved.

 

(3)       T H A T further reports be submitted to Cabinet on the establishment of CSC Education Service in September 2012.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To monitor and review progress in regard to the development of CSC.

 

(2)       To enable the establishment of the CSC Education Service to progress pending finalisation of the full Legal Agreement.

 

(3)       To allow Cabinet to consider outstanding issues."

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 30th July, 2012

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