Agenda Item No
Urgent by reason of the need to notify Cabinet of the Welsh
Governments position on the Penarth Learning Community
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting : 20th July 2011
Report of the Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong
Penarth Learning Community
Purpose of the Report
To inform Cabinet of the Welsh Government's continued support of
the Penarth Learning Community project.
That Cabinet note the progress achieved.
Reasons for the Recommendations
To ensure Cabinet are apprised of recent developments.
Cabinet have previously considered and approved a Council
application to the Welsh Government for transition funding to
support the development of the Penarth Learning Community.
The Minister recently announced a review of 21st Century Schools
projects, advising that Local Authorities would be asked to
reconsider and prioritise their proposals. The announcement
confirmed, however, that the projects approved for transition
funding would continue, this included the Penarth Learning
Community project previously agreed "in principle".
The Penarth Learning Community Project was submitted as a "Tranche
3 transition" project. Following the Ministers announcement
the Council has received notification from the Welsh Government on
18th July that "the department of Education and Skills of the Welsh
Government has approved a grant award for the Penarth Learning
Campus of up to £34,563,200 to support the Penarth Learning
Community project under tranche 3 transitional projects".
Relevant Issues and Options
As part of the funding agreement, the Welsh Government have
requested further clarification of the scale and progress in
securing other authorities use of the Regional SEN provision.
In order to progress the development and to enable the Welsh
Government to ensure that it profiles its funding appropriately,
that clarity needs to be in place by mid September. Other
authorities accessing the provision have been contacted by the
Welsh Government on this aspect.
The Director of Learning and Development will work with his
counterparts in other authorities in order to meet the Welsh
A further report on progress will be presented to Cabinet in
There is a need to ensure that parents and the local community are
kept informed of progress on this important project. As a
recent example, the decision of St Cyres School to relocate from
the Dinas Powys site in response to financial and pupil number
pressures was assumed, wrongly by many to be part of the Penarth
Learning Community Project.
10. Our experience with
the new Cowbridge School project demonstrated that schools and the
Council will need to work very closely to establish and sustain the
quality of communication with parents and other partners necessary
to support successful project delivery.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate
Change, if appropriate)
11. The financial
implications have been reported previously. The funding offer
of up to £34,563,200 will be dependent on the agreed scale of the
SEN element of the scheme.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
12. There are no legal
implications arising directly from this report.
Crime and Disorder Implications
13. There are no crime
and disorder implications.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language
14. There are no equal
15. This report is
consistent with the Councils priorities for Education and Lifelong
Policy Framework and Budget
16. This is a matter
which falls within the agreed Policy and Budget Framework.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
18. Lifelong Learning and
Welsh Assembly Government Guidance
Previous reports to Cabinet
Director of Learning and Development
John Maitland Evans, Chief Executive
Director of Learning and Development