Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Items
No. Item

849.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence received from Councillor G Lewis, Councillor M Davies and Maureen Harris and Rosemary Lazell (Co-optees).

850.

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

 

Note:

 

(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

 

 

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

851.

Summary of judgments in the Self Evaluation Report pdf icon PDF 229 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

The Chair advised the Committee that items 3, 4 5 and 6 overlap in most of the areas within the reports.  She outlined that as there are cross cutting themes, questions will be asked at this point in relation to all 4 items. 

 

Firstly, Dorothy Haines made the Committee aware that Goitre Primary School has been inspected and officially published as coming out of a category of concern.   Also no School within the County Borough is in a category and no School in receipt of red support. 

 

Dorothy Haines took the Committee through the report in detail in respect of the summary position against each of the key questions, as follows

 

·         Future Local Authority Inspections by Estyn. 

 

·         Areas that require further improvement. 

 

·         Key Stage 4 Indicators.

 

·         Where we are now in relation to outcomes, rates of attendance and prospects for improvement.

 

·         Where we want to be to continue the improvement provision and standards.

 

·         The priority to improve overall rates of attendance.

 

·         Support being given in relation to unauthorised holidays, unauthorised absences, fixed penalty notices etc.

 

In relation to the Forward Work Programme, Dorothy Haines suggested to Committee that they consider focusing on key questions 2.2 and 2.3, namely support for Additional Learning Needs and Promoting Social Inclusion at their next scheduled meeting. 

 

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

 

·         In relation to attendance, are there any good examples of effective strategies in other Authorities and, if so, could they work at this Authority?

 

·         Clarification on the number of fixed penalty notices that have been issued to parents, and does the issuing of these notices have a positive effect on these pupils?

 

Dorothy Haines to send this detail to the Committee following the meeting.

 

·         The improvement of persistent absenteeism rates.

 

·         Clarification on the summary position statement targets for 2017.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

The contents of the report be noted.

 

Dorothy Haines to send to members the number of fixed penalty notices issued to parents.

852.

Key Stage 4 Standards 2015 to 2016 pdf icon PDF 340 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Dorothy Haines gave an update to the Committee on the performance of Schools at Key Stage 4 in public external examinations for 2015/16, as follows: 

 

·         Improvements in standards at Key Stage 4.

·         Areas that we need to continue to improve.

·         Rate of progress.

·         Performance compared to all Local Authorities.

 

Discussion ensued and Dorothy Haines provided advice and background information in relation to the following question from the Committee:

 

·         Clarification on the decline in 3 out of 5 indicators at Bishop Hedley High School.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

The contents of the report be noted.

853.

Performance of Groups of Pupils in 2015 to 2016 pdf icon PDF 190 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Dorothy Haines gave an update to the Committee on the performance of groups of pupils in 2016. 

 

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

 

·         In relation to the achievement levels of Looked After Children remaining some way below that of all other pupils, why are we still in this position and what is the plan?

 

·         Clarification on the performance of Looked After Children educated outside of the borough?     How do other Authorities corporate with providing this information?

 

RESOLVED that:

 

The contents of the report be noted.

854.

Performance Report - Corporate Plan. Priority Area 1 - Raising Standards of Attainment pdf icon PDF 155 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Dorothy Haines gave an overview of the report on raising standards of attainment as follows:

 

·         The common format for performance reports.

 

·         Challenge sessions, in particular the strategies that have been implemented.

 

·         The facility of School Challenge Cymru coming to an end, and the continuation of the Accelerated Improvement Board in the 3 Schools that have been supported by School Challenge Cymru. 

 

RESOLVED that:

 

The Committee note the judgements and evaluations outlined in the report.

855.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

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

856.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

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, in particular:

 

The following be scheduled for the April meeting:

 

·         Self Evaluation Report  -  A detailed report on key questions 2.2 (support for Additional Learning Needs) and 2.3 (Promoting Social Inclusion and Wellbeing).

 

857.

Scrutiny Work Programme pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

The Chair advised the Committee on the visit to Troedyrhiw Primary School on the 17th March, and the following members agreed to make this visit:

 

Councillor Lisa Mytton, Councillor Sian Slater, Clare Brown and Alan Rees

 

Councillor Clive Tovey and Anne Roberts agreed that they could possibility attend if required.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

The Scrutiny Manager to provide members with 3 year cohort of data prior to the School visit, confirm the time and also confirm via e-mail who will be attending.

858.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

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