Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning): 10th September 2012


Report of the Managing Director


Central South Consortium Joint Education Service (JES) Update Report


Purpose of the Report

1.             To keep Members up to date on the implementation of the Joint Education Service (JES), for Central South Consortium.


1.             That Members note to content of the report and request further information as required.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             To provide Members with an opportunity to scrutinise plans and confirm arrangements.


2.             The Minister for Education, Leighton Andrews, has made it clear in his plans for education services in Wales, that regional approaches must be devised and fully implemented by September 2012.

3.             In response, Central South Consortium has i) devised such plans illustrated in the Outline Business Case (OBC) for a Joint Education Service (starting with School Improvement), and ii) implemented those plans.

4.             The Operating Model has also been designed and is nearing full implementation.

5.             The Operating Model sets out how a team of System Leaders will deliver the statutory school improvement functions to approximately 426 schools in the Consortium.

6.             The statutory functions relate to the need for System Leaders to provide appropriate levels of professional challenge and support to a school, as well as effectively monitor and intervene if necessary, in order to secure improvement.

7.             The Operating Model also sets out the management structure for the System Leader pool. 

Relevant Issues and Options

8.             The three Advisory Services of the Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff and ESIS (Education and Support Services for RCT, Bridgend and Merthyr Tydfil), have effectively been combined to form the new JES.

9.             Advisory staff have undertaken a series of recruitment processes; job matching, job application and job interviews.

10.        Successful staff have secured posts in the new JES and are in the process of establishing themselves in their new setting in Ty Dysgu, Treforest.

11.        The five members of the Senior System Leader (SSL) Team have been established. One SSL will be allocated to each Authority and will be the Authority -facing Link Officer.

12.        This Officer will work closely with the Lead Officer for School Improvement in each Authority, having direct oversight of the performance related issues in schools therein.

13.        Schools and Chairs of Governors will be informed of their System Leader in preparation for the new Autumn term.

14.        As well as delivering the Universal Services of Challenge, Monitor and Intervention (CMI), System Leaders will also deliver a range of Case Work services to all schools in the Consortium.

15.        Case Work Services consist of support for the following:

  • Headteacher Performance Management
  • Senior Leader appointments  - Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers
  • Support prior and post Estyn inspection
  • Support for schools causing concern and/or significant concern
  • School re-organisation
  • Support for Newly Qualified Teachers and their mentors
  • Strategic support for Literacy, Numeracy, Additional Learning Needs (ALN) and Information Communication Technology (ICT), School Effectiveness Grant expenditure and planning (SEG), Foundation Phase, Leadership and Management, Transition and Assessment, 14 -19 Learning Pathways.

16.        Senior System Leaders will also deliver a quality assurance (QA) function to assure the quality of the work of System Leaders and the way in which the team work with each local Authority as a whole.

17.        Current substantive Head teachers may also be employed as System Leaders delivering the functions aforementioned.

18.        System Leaders (SL) will arrive at judgements about schools' needs on a termly basis. These judgements will be moderated between the SL team and the Head of Service for School Improvement, at the end of every term. The nature of any additional support or intervention will be identified.

19.        Within the confines of the Operating Model, the Support and Challenge Framework will guide the extent of additional support offered. Professional dialogue between the Senior System Leader and the Head of School improvement will determine the nature of any additional support or intervention necessary.

20.        The JES will also offer a Traded Service for school commissioned support services. Schools will commission this support directly from the JES (LINKS - Learning and Innovation Network for Schools). Schools may use their School Effectiveness Grant (SEG), Welsh Effectiveness Grant (WEG), Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG) or other funding to commission such services.

21.        Schools may also choose to commission such support and development services from elsewhere.

22.        System Leaders will play a key role in ensuring such support services are of an appropriate quality, represent value for money and are targeted at need.

23.        System Leaders will also work closely with school Governors; delivering training, preparing for inspection, supporting Governors to prepare post inspection action plans (PIAPs) and presenting an external perspective on the school's performance data.

24.        System Leaders will also support the school, should they be placed in a 'Follow-up Category' by Estyn post inspection.

Resource Implications (Financial Employment)

25.        To ensure that the JES is deliverable within the costings outlined in the OBC.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

26.        None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

27.        To ensure that schools in the Vale of Glamorgan receive appropriate challenge, monitoring, support and intervention in inverse proportion to success, as exemplified in the Consortium Categorisation of Support and Risk Model.

Crime and Disorder Implications

28.        None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

29.        To ensure all schools, including Welsh medium, receive appropriate challenge, monitoring, support and intervention in inverse proportion to success, as exemplified in the Consortium Categorisation of Support and Risk Model.

Corporate/Service Objectives

30.        Supports Improvement Objectives outlined in the Corporate Plan.

Policy Framework and Budget

31.        None.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

32.        None

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

33.        Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers

Estyn inspection Guidance for the inspection of schools 2010


Contact Officer

Lynette Jones, Head of School Improvement, Vale of Glamorgan


Officers Consulted

Meryl Plummer, Senior Adviser Vale of Glamorgan

Jendy Hillier, Senior Adviser Vale of Glamorgan


Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies, Managing Director, Vale of Glamorgan