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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

 

Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) (up-dated) 2012 - 2015

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To present Members with final draft copy of the up-dated Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) 2012 - 2015.

Recommendations

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

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To address the requirements of the measure which became statutory in 2012.

Background

2.             Since 2012 all LA's 'Welsh Education Schemes' previously approved and monitored by the Welsh Language Board, became the responsibility of the Welsh Government

3.             The Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) details how the authority plans to achieve the Welsh Government's outcomes and targets outlined in the Welsh Medium Education Strategy (WMES 2010).

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

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             The WESP targets and outcomes are funded by the Welsh in Education Grant (WEG).

6.             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;

·         more learners with improved skills in Welsh;

·         Welsh-medium provision for Additional Learning Needs; and

·         Workforce Planning and Continuous Professional Development

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

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

8.             The Welsh in Education Grant awarded annually will contribute towards supporting the resources required to deliver the targets and outcomes of the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.             For 2012/13 the WESP were 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

10.        There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.        The Welsh in Education Strategic Plan is one of the key elements of the Council's response to its equal opportunities and Welsh Language obligations.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.        The priorities and principles of the Welsh in Education Strategic Plans are fully integrated into the Directorate objectives for Lifelong Learning.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.        This is a matter for executive decision by the Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.        WESP Forum, Menter Y Fro, Urdd, Mudiad Meithrin, RhAG and Cardiff and Vale College

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.        Lifelong Learning

Background Papers

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

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

Contact Officer

Lynette Jones, Head of Achievement

Hywel Jones, Strategic Lead Officer for the Development of the Welsh Language Central South Consortium

Officers Consulted

Lynette Jones, Head of Achievement

Paula Ham, Head of Strategic Planning and Performance

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

Mike Matthews, Principal Planning Officer

Mark Davies, Children & Young People's Partnership Manager

Linda Brown, Corporate Equalities Officer

Debbie Maule, Children's Partnership Coordinator

Becky Wickett, Information Officer - Family Information Service

Tina Simmons, Youth Service Inclusion & Development Manager

Richard Evans, Principal Information Officer

Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill, Chief Officer Learning and Skills

 

 

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