Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Cabinet Meeting: 18 November, 2013


Report of the Cabinet Member for Children's Services


Central South Consortium: Appointments to the Joint Education Committee


Purpose of the Report

1.         To formalise appointments to the Central South Consortium Joint Education Committee.


1.         To appoint Councillors Neil Moore and Chris Elmore and the Chief Learning and Skills Officer to the Central South Consortium Joint Education Committee for the remainder of the current municipal year and to grant delegated authority to represent the Council and vote on behalf of the Council.

2.         To confirm the appointment of the Chief Learning and Skills Officer as the Council's Senior Officer representative on the Executive Board of the CSC Joint Education Service.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To ensure that the Council's representatives on the Joint Committee are formally appointed and that the appropriate delegations are in place.

2.         To ensure that the Council's representative on the Executive Committee is formally appointed


2.         The Central South Consortium Joint Education Committee is the principal governance board for the regional school improvement service for Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.         The Central South Consortium Joint Education Committee is the joint committee for the JES (and for the learning and development of schools (Links)).  It consists of two elected members from each of the authorities; each authority having one vote, together with one senior officer representative who is responsible for education in each authority.  This committee, on behalf of the parties, has all the powers of those parties with reference to the provision of the Joint Education Service and performance.  Decisions are passed by majority vote but in the event of there being an equal number of votes, the Chair has the casting vote. The terms of reference of the committee is to agree the draft Joint Education Service annual budget, promote partnership working, receive progress reports on performance targets and service delivery.  The committee also approves the statutory Council Agreement of any deficit of any service which is part of the Joint Education Service.  Its role is also to agree the apportionment of grants between the parties and to formally agree the appointment of the Director and any permanent increase to the staff.

4.         The Executive Board is the body charged with management and oversight of the JES and has decision making functions for parties to the JES, save for those which are referable to the Joint Education Committee or back to the individual authorities.  In terms of voting, the provisions are as for the Joint Education Service. 

5.         The terms of reference are:

·           to manage and oversee the Joint Education Service and to work with the Director to develop a strategic plans to raise standards in schools and the resolution of convicting CSC priorities in order to ensure operation within agreed budgets;

·           consideration and recommendation of CSC responses to Welsh Government initiatives and any other developments;

·           to monitor CSC activities and ensure equitable funding arrangements in accordance with the terms of the agreement;

·           to ensure the consortium has access to information and resources as necessary;

·           monitoring of arrangements relating to the CSC service level agreements with the Host authority;

·           securing effective communication links between the CSC, parties and schools;

·           reception of progress reports from the Director;

·           consideration of proposals for future development of the CSC based education services and to recommend accordingly, subject to Section 151 Officer Agreement;

·           consideration and reception of reports from the Operational Management group in relation to the apportionment or allocation between the parties of grants;

·           reporting and recommendation to the Joint Education Committee for the apportionment and allocation between parties of grants;

·           to agree on and recommend to the Joint Education Committee any proposed changes to day to day operation;

·           consider any other issues arising as a consequence of the delivery of the service;

·           to advocate for the Joint Education Service;

·           to endeavour to resolve any disputes between the parties and to refer any such unresolved dispute to the Joint Education Committee.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.         None.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

7.         None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.         The legal implications are set out in the body of this Report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.         None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.      None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.      Improving outcomes and wellbeing for all learners.

Policy Framework and Budget

12.      Within existing framework and budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.      Not applicable.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.      Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers



Contact Officer

Jennifer Hill, Chief Learning and Skills Officer


Officers Consulted

Mike Walsh, Legal Services


Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill, Chief Learning and Skills Officer