To consider the attached report
The Chair welcomed Andrew Williams and Emma Willmott from the Central South Consortium to the meeting.
Sue Walker referred to the Key Stage 4 Performance Report and gave an update to members on the significant changes made to the KS4 performance between reports in 2018 and 2019. She advised that new performance measures have been introduced that use average points scores for interim performance measures of Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Capped 9 Points Score and Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.
Sue Walker, Andrew Williams and Emma Willmott provided background information in relation to the following questions:
· How does the Authority’s current performance relate to the period of time when we were in special measures? If inspected now, is there a risk that we would go back into special measures?
· Clarification if this score is representative of all schools.
· Should we be considering going to other Authorities to look at best practice?
· Are under-performing Schools having additional support?
· Clarification on the improvement packages of support in place, and are there any improvements on progress?
· In relation to the average literacy and numeracy points score, should we be doing more work with the Headteachers of both Primary and Secondary Schools, and what strategies need to be put in place to move this forward?
· What is in place to have effective transition arrangements within Primary Schools and should Secondary Headteachers be part of the process?
· Are the right procedures and individuals in place to implement these changes?
Members then received an update on categorisation from Andrew Williams and Emma Willmott from the Central South Consortium.
The contents of the report be noted by members.