Agenda Item No 8


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee [Lifelong Learning]: 23rd May 2013


Report of the Chief Learning and Skills Officer


Central South Consortium Performance Stocktake Report


Purpose of the Report

1.             To provide Elected Members with the findings of the Central South Consortium's termly performance Stocktake, conducted by Welsh Government's School Standards Unit (SSU) in Spring Term 2013.


1.             That Members note the report and raise any further issues for consideration.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             To ensure that Members are kept fully informed about progress and areas for further action in schools in the Vale of Glamorgan.


2.             Welsh Government's School Standards Unit (SSU) was set up in autumn term 2011, to engage directly in professional dialogue about school performance with each of the four regional Consortia in Wales.

3.             Since then, regional, termly Stocktake sessions have been delivered by the SSU.

4.             During the Stocktakes, Directors of Education/Chief Officers and their respective Heads of School Improvement have been challenged about the school performance of individual secondary schools in their respective home Authorities.

5.             The Stocktake approach enables the SSU to identify areas for improvement and to share what works well in other schools across Wales.

Issues and Options

6.             The Stocktake report is attached at Appendix 1 and a presentation from Central South Consortium is attached at Appendix 2.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7.             Funding from within allocated budget.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.             There are no sustainability and climate change implications.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.             There are no legal implications.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.        There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.        There are no equal opportunity implications.

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.        Within existing framework and budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.        None

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.        Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers

Welsh Government 'Improving Schools' paper.

Contact Officer

Lynette Jones, Head of School Improvement and Inclusion

Officers Consulted

Meryl Plummer, Lead Officer for School Improvement Service

Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill, Chief learning and Skills Officer