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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee [Lifelong Learning] : 18th March 2013

 

Report of the Chief Learning and Skills Officer

 

Central South Consortium Joint Education Service Progress Report : February 2013

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To provide the Committee with an update detailing the progress achieved by the consortium and key issues to be addressed.

Recommendation

1.             To note the report.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             The Central South Consortium Joint Education Service carries out a range of school improvement functions on behalf of the Council and good progress is essential for local children and schools.

Background

2.             The Central South Consortium comprises Cardiff, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Vale of Glamorgan Councils.  The Joint Education Service was established in September to undertake a range of school improvement activities, including statutory functions, on behalf of the Council.

3.             Governance arrangements for the Central South Consortium Joint Education Service are in place (Appendix 1).  The attached progress report was presented to the most recent meeting of the Joint Committee.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             Paragraph 9 refers to the development of a strategic plan for the Central South Consortium Joint Education Service ensuring that available resources are effectively targeted toward a small number of key priorities.  The plan will provide the basis for local authority performance management of consortium activity.  The strategic plan will be brought to a future meeting of this Committee.

5.             Work is underway to develop arrangements for the joint scrutiny of the Central South Consortium Joint Education Service by the five councils.  These arrangements are likely to mean that in the future scrutiny of the Central South Consortium Joint Education Service is undertaken by the new joint scrutiny committee rather than by this Committee.  A further report will be brought to this Committee in due course.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.             There are no resource implications arising from this report.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

7.             There are no sustainability and climate change implications arising from this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.             There are no legal implications arising from this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

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

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

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

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.        This report supports the objectives of Learning and Skills.

Policy Framework and Budget

12.        The recommendations in this report are within the existing policy framework and budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.        Not applicable.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.        Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers

None.

 

Contact Officer

Jennifer Hill, Chief Learning and Skills Officer

 

Officers Consulted

Sian Davies, Managing Director

Lynette Jones, Head of School Improvement and Inclusion

 

Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill, Chief Learning and Skills Officer

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