Venue: REMOTE MEETING - MICROSOFT TEAMS
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor G Lewis and J Beard Co-opted Member.
Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)
Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct
(a) Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and
(b) Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave
No Declarations of Interest were made.
To consider report of the Chief Officer Education
The Chair referred to the ‘Best Start to Life Update’ report and Sue Walker led the Committee in detail through the report and together with Councillor L Mytton responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee:
· Paragraph 4.3 – Are we on the right trajectory in relation to KS4
· Paragraph 5.2 – Table 1 – Data is out of date – How is this being overcome – Is representation being made to Welsh Government regarding data – Will there be an update on the response from Welsh Government – If there are no attendance figures the reasons for this can not be identified in schools
· Paragraph 5.3 – Condition of Education Settings and Paragraph 6.3 – The date seems a long way away – Further information requested
· Paragraph 5.3 – Develop a challenge and accountability framework for CSC – How are we challenging the whole framework of the CSC
· Paragraph 3.4 – RARS Strategy – Update requested on the Youth Members – What is the level of engagement
· Paragraph 6.1.3 - Details requested in relation to ‘on line learning’ – What are the trends – Update requested on I T equipment for on line learning – What is the Authority doing with Partners – What are the engagement levels from school to school – The issue of affordability of laptops and broadband – The balance of home schooling and work – The level of information from teachers
· Paragraph 8.3 – Are schools envisioning any issues when pupils settle back into the curriculum when schools are re-opened
· The emotions of children
· Paragraph 6.2.2 – The issuing of technology – Is there any child in any school who can not follow a digital lesson
· What is the monitoring process for pupils who are digitally excluded
· Paragraph 6.3 – When schools are re-opened will schools be looking at their risk assessments – Will ventilation systems be looked at – Will school Governors be involved and updated in relation to Risk Assessments
· Paragraph 6.8 – Children eligible for Free School Meals - What is the current total of Free School Meals – Is the increase due to the pandemic
· (Sue Walker advised that she would supply the Committee with the figures)
· Request for in depth information on the economic environment and the increase in take up numbers for Free School Meals – What are the ratios – The importance of understanding the economic landscape – Is it anticipated that there will be a reduction in Free School Meals when things are back to normal
· Is the work submitted being measures – Is the way lessons are being delivered being monitored
· Are the Colleges adapting re Grades
· Paragraph 8.4 - Difficult to carry out what has been done in the past
· The personal and social wellbeing of older school pupils – Update on this
· Update on funding from Regeneration for IT equipment
· In house Training with parents – Numbers have increased
· Is work being done with Social Services in relation ... view the full minutes text for item 376.
The Chair referred the Committee to the Forward Work Programme 2020/21 and requested the views of the Committee for items for the next Work Programme.
The Chair also sought the views of the Committee on what they would wish to see included in the Recovery and Improvement Plan.
Debate then ensued on this with reference being made to items on the Committee ‘Action Tracker’ that the Committee wished to pursue.
The Committee were also advised that a series of Workshops were being arranged for Members.
Councillor H R Jones left the Meeting at 5.30 pm.
Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions
No referrals were made.
Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting
To receive an update from the Chair
The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the matters that had been considered at the Meeting.
Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair
The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.