Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 22 JUNE 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 1 JUNE 2015
C2789 LOCAL AUTHORITY EDUCATION SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE INSPECTION REPORT: THIRD PROGRESS REPORT (CSS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – LIFELONG LEARNING) -
Cabinet was informed of the progress to implement 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 demonstrate 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. The PIAP provided a comprehensive action plan to respond to the recommendations of the inspectors and address the shortcomings they observed. PIAP progress reports would be presented to Corporate Management Team (CMT) and Cabinet in May and November annually and to the Children and Young Peoples' Programme Board.
On 23 December, 2013 Estyn confirmed that the PIAP generally addressed well the recommendations and areas for improvement in the inspection report. The first Estyn monitoring visit took place on 13 – 15 October 2014 to assess progress in response to recommendations 2 and 6. Cabinet considered the letter from Estyn following the visit at the meeting on 12 January, 2015. The letter stated that the authority was making good progress in the areas evaluated during the visit.
The PIAP had been further amended to reflect progress to date: in some places amendments had been made to the plan to reflect changes in the personnel responsible for implementation and other contextual changes.
Appendix A attached to the report described the further progress that had been made to implement the action plan: work remained on schedule. The focus of recent activity had been to:
further strengthen the rigour and level of challenge provided to schools about their performance and quality of leadership;
strengthen planning processes for 2015/16;
further develop the evaluation framework.
This was a matter for Executive decision
(1) T H A T the progress that had been made to implement the Post Inspection Action Plan (PIAP) attached at Appendix A to the report 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 inform Members of the progress that had been made to implement the Post Inspection Action Plan (PIAP) attached at Appendix A to the report.
(2) To allow the Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) to consider the progress that had been made and areas where further progress was required.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 1 JUNE 2015