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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning): 18th February 2013

 

Report of the Chief Learning and Skills Officer

 

Review of the Future Delivery of Education Services in Wales : Second Report

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To provide further information about the review and to determine the arrangements for responding to an invitation to contribute to the review.

Recommendations

1.             To note the additional information about the review.

2.             To agree that the Council's written contribution to the review should be considered by the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee on 18th February and submitted by the Cabinet Member subsequently.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             The review that has been established by the Minister will publish a range of options for the future delivery of education in Wales which may change the Council's responsibilities.

2.             To ensure arrangements are in place to contribute to the review.

Background

2.             Cabinet received a report at their meeting on 3 December providing information about the planned review including the text of the ministerial announcement.  At that time the detailed scope of the review was not confirmed but it was evident that it had the potential to alter radically the Council's responsibilities for education and impact on the governance of schools, the Council's role as an employer and landlord, the services provided by the Council and budget and financial management that represent a significant proportion of the Council's spending.  The report also included the WLGA's response to the statement.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             The government has appointed Robert Hill to prepare a report on a range of possible delivery options for education services by the end of March 2013.  Contributions to the review have been invited to be received by 19 February.  The government's intention is to publish the report and undertake a full consultation on the options from May to August 2013.

4.             Further information about the aims, principles, process and outcome objectives and outputs of the review have been published (see Appendix 1).

5.             The WLGA is seeking to develop a coordinated response on behalf of local authorities and the Leader and Cabinet Member have been invited to meetings in this context.

6.             It is suggested therefore that a draft response that takes into account the draft WLGA response is considered by the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 18th February.  The response would subsequently be submitted by the Cabinet Member.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7.             There are no resource implications as a direct result of the statement however, the scope of the review could bring forward recommendations for substantial changes to the Council's budget and its role as an employer of school staff.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.             There are no sustainability or climate change implications arising from this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.             There are no legal implications arising from this report although the scope of the review could bring forward recommendations changing the Council's statutory responsibilities.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.        There are no crime and disorder implications arising from this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.        There are no equal opportunity implications arising from this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.        People of all ages are able to access coordinated learning opportunities and have the necessary skills to reach their full potential, helping to remove barriers to employment.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.        This report is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.        Officer consultation only.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.        Lifelong Learning

Background Papers

None.

Contact Officer

Jennifer Hill, Chief Learning and Skills Officer

 

Officers Consulted

Corporate Management Team

Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill, Chief Learning and Skills Officer

 

 

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