Agenda Item No. 7
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 12 JANUARY 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 15 DECEMBER 2014
C2584 LOCAL AUTHORITY EDUCATION SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE INSPECTION REPORT: SECOND PROGRESS REPORT (CS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – LIFELONG LEARNING) –
Cabinet was informed of the progress made in implementing the Post Inspection Action Plan.
The inspection of Local Authority Education Services for Children and Young People (LAESCYP) took place between 20 - 24 May, 2013. The report was published on 17 September. The inspectors' overall judgement was 'adequate'. The capacity to improve was also judged to be 'adequate'.
The report included the following six recommendations:
R1 Raise standards in schools, particularly in key stage 2 and key stage 3.
R2 Improve the rigour and the level of challenge provided to schools about their performance and quality of leadership.
R3 Use the full powers available to the authority to improve schools that were underperforming.
R4 Make sure that planning for improvement was thorough and consistent throughout all services.
R5 Ensure that robust systems were in place for evaluating the outcomes of initiatives and that they demonstrated good value-for-money.
R6 Strengthen arrangements for monitoring and evaluating the wellbeing of children and young people.
Cabinet approved the Post Inspection Action Plan (PIAP) at their meeting on 18 November, 2013 (Minute No. 2083). PIAP progress reports would be presented to Corporate Management Team and Cabinet in May and November annually and to the Learning and Skills and Children and Young Peoples' Partnerships. On 23 December, 2013 Estyn confirmed that the PIAP generally addressed well the recommendations and areas for improvement in the inspection report.
The first progress report was considered at the Cabinet meeting of 12 May, 2014 and noted that work was on schedule in relation to the implementation of the plan. It was, however, too early to assess the impact of most of the actions: this would become an increasing priority in subsequent progress reports. They noted that managers had participated in training to support the rigorous and systematic monitoring and evaluation of outcomes.
At that time Estyn indicated that they planned to monitor progress against the recommendations by way of three monitoring visits over a twelve month period between Autumn 2014 and Autumn 2015.
The first monitoring visit took place on 13 – 15 October to assess progress in response to recommendations 2 and 6. A letter would be sent to the Council following the visit which would be reported to Cabinet in due course.
The PIAP had been further amended to describe progress to date: in some places amendments had been made to the plan to reflect changes in the personnel responsible to implementation, the informal feedback from the monitoring visit and other contextual changes. Appendix A, as attached to the report detailed further progress that had been made to implement the action plan:work continued to be on schedule.
At the meeting, the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services commented that, following the recent Estyn monitoring visit held in October 2014 the Council had received a good progress judgement, and that he was also pleased that Estyn had confirmed that the spring monitoring visit had been cancelled as a result of the good progress being achieved.
This was a matter for Executive decision
(1) T H A T the progress that has been made to implement the Post Inspection Action Plan (PIAP) be noted.
(2) T H A T the progress report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) for consideration.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To ensure Members were aware of the progress that has been made to implement the Post Inspection Action Plan (PIAP).
(2) To ensure that the Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) could consider the progress that had been made and where further progress was required.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 15 DECEMBER 2014