Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Items
No. Item

436.

Ymddiheuriadau am absenoldeb / Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence received from Councillors Kate Moran and Sian Slater.

437.

Datgan buddiant (yn cynnwys datganiadau chwipio) / Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

Minutes:

Councillor Simon Williams declared an interest in relation to item 4  (SLA’s for Local Authority Services to Schools) as his wife is on the HR Steering Group.

 

Rosemary Lazell, Co-optee, declared an interest in relation to item 4 (SLA’s for Local Authority Services to Schools) as she is the Chair of Governors in one of the Schools that opted out of the HR SLA.

438.

Hunan Gwerthusiad o Weithio mewn Partneriaeth / Self-Evaluation of Partnership Working pdf icon PDF 164 KB

Ystyried adroddiad y Prif Swyddog (Dysgu) / To consider report of the Chief Officer (Learning).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Dorothy Haines took the Committee through the report in relation to the Self Evaluation of Partnership Working and highlighted the following key points to members:

 

·         Profile of judgements.

 

·         Partnership working with a range of partners.

 

·         Action Plan to progress partnership working.

 

·         Partnership working and collaboration. 

 

·         Focusing on further improvements to key partnerships that will have the greatest impact on improving outcomes.

 

·         Principles of partnership working.

 

Dorothy Haines provided advice and background information in relation to the following questions from the Committee:

 

·         Examples of how you plan to improve partnership working, e.g. parents, carers, schools and governors.

 

·         As you know the Council is facing continuous pressure on funding.   Do you think you can continue to improve bearing in mind the budget pressures, both on the department and your partners?

 

·         Clarification and update on the Public Service Board. 

 

·         One of the priorities for improvement is to ensure that the views of children, young people and their families are used to inform service delivery in all areas.    How do you intend to undertake this priority for improvement?

 

·         Are there any partnerships that need more development?

 

Councillor Lisa Mytton left the meeting at 4.30 pm and Councillor Simon Williams took the Chair. 

 

RESOLVED that:

 

The contents of this report be noted by the Committee.

439.

Cytundebau Lefel Gwasanaeth (CLGau) ar gyfer Gwasanaethau Awdurdodau Lleol i Ysgolion / Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for Local Authorities Services to Schools pdf icon PDF 158 KB

Ystyried adroddiad y Prif Swyddog (Dysgu) / To consider report of the Chief Officer (Learning).

 

Minutes:

Dorothy Haines took the Committee through the report on Service Level Agreements (SLA’s) for Local Authority Services to Schools and updated members on where we are with the SLA’s with regard to the number of changes over the last year.  

 

Dorothy Haines provided advice and background information in relation to the following questions from the Committee:

 

·         Clarification if there are any current issues ongoing in respect of HR.

 

·         Clarification on the Schools that have opted out of their SLA’s, e.g the quality of service from private companies, future responsibility of the Authority and the role of Governors. 

 

·         The requirements of the Peripatetic Music SLA and the involvement of Merthyr College.  

 

·         In relation to the Breakfast Club SLA, if the recommendation is rejected following the consultation, are there any other areas being considered for financial services or is it the intention to await the result of the Breakfast consultation.     

 

·         Clarification on what the restrictions could be in relation to Schools’ Breakfast Clubs, the impact to parents and how potential savings could be achieved.  

 

Alan Rees (Co-optee) left the meeting at 5.00 pm.

 

·         Clarification on the Procurement Board.     

 

RESOLVED that:

 

The Committee accepts the contents of the report. 

440.

Performance Report - Corporate Plan pdf icon PDF 214 KB

Ystyried adroddiad y Prif Swyddog (Dysgu) / To consider report of the Chief Officer (Learning).

 

Minutes:

Dorothy Haines took the Committee through the report in relation to the Corporate Plan Priority Area 1 (Raising Standards of Attainment) and updated members on the up to date position on existing/new initiatives. 

 

Dorothy Haines provided advice and background information in relation to the following questions from the Committee:

 

·         As listed in the Projects at Appendix 2, the Basic Skills Strategy is due to finish on the 31st July 2017  -  do you think this will continue after that date? 

 

·         It has been identified that the Governor Support Services to Schools have been reviewed and improved in order to enable governing bodies to provide strong governance.  

 

What has been done and what are your aspirations for stronger governance?

 

·         Recruitment of Governors.

 

·         The performance indicators in respect of pupil attendance in Primary Schools do not reflect where we rank nationally.   Do we have these figures?

 

RESOLVED that:

 

The judgements and evaluations, as detailed in the report, are noted. 

441.

Cyfeiriadau Craffu, Adborth a Gweithredu Dilynol / Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

Derbyn diweddariad oddi wrth y Cadeirydd / To receive an update from the Chair

 

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no update on this item.

 

442.

Myfyrio ar y Cyfarfod a'i Gwerthuso / Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

Derbyn diweddariad oddi wrth y Cadeirydd / To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the issues that had been considered at the meeting.

 

 

443.

Rhaglenni Gwaith Pwyllgor Craffu 2016-17 / Scrutiny Work Programme 2016-17 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad amgaeëdig / To consider the attached report

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair to liaise with the Scrutiny Officer on the Forward Work Programme, as follows:

 

·         The attendance of a School at a future Scrutiny Committee.

 

·         The Scrutiny Committee Members to agree a visit to a School in the County Borough in February 2017.

444.

Unrhyw Fater Arall y mae'r Cadeirydd yn ei ystyried yn Bwysig / Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

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