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Apologies for absence


Apologies received from Cllr G Lewis and Cllr C Jones.


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




Cllr J Scriven: Declaration on item 4 with dispensation as an authority governor forGellifaelog. 


Welsh Education Strategic Plan pdf icon PDF 230 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


Presented by Cllr M Jones. 


The following questions were raised: 


·         The number of pupils leaving school with a Welsh qualification fell quite significantly, what is the reason for this? 

·          In relation to 7.4, who are we talking about when discussing partnership work? 

·         Are transition rates not as good as they should be? 

·         Partnership opportunities – who would be looking for these opportunities and who are we looking to get them from? 

·         Outcomes – can you explain the table? 

·         How are we making the most out of the expertise that surrounds the table? 

·         Why hasn’t that LRB been developed yet? 

·         Transfer rate from Twyncarmel – do we know why people aren't sending their children onto the Welsh school after going to Twyncarmel? What are we going to do about it? 

·         What percentage of pupils from Merthyrare going to Rhydywaun? What are the range of subjects available to them?  

·         Clarification of data from Rhydywaun 

·         In relation to 4.2 and 4.8, are you able to give some context to the figures? 

·         To what extent do you think the local authority can influence the opportunities to speak Welsh within the community? 

·         Do teachers generally leave by the time they are 60? 

·          In relation to 5.1, how has the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan progress been determined? 

·         Why has the plan been increased from 5 years to 10 years?  

·         Are teachers provided with time during the directed time calendar to develop their Welsh skills, or do they have to do it in their own voluntary time? 


The following recommendations were approved: 


2.1 The content of this report be discussed and noted, and members consider if there are other areas they want to scrutinise.



RARS Strategy: Progress Update on Key Commitments pdf icon PDF 204 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


Presented by Cllr M Jones. 


The following questions were raised: 


·         Education Partnership Panel – have there been any enhancements made by the panel in terms of progress of the strategy? 

·         What outcomes have we had from the initiatives, and do they line up with the RARS strategy goals? 

·         In relation to 5.16, can you clarify when the review of the schools' budget forum was undertaken? 

·         What have been the benefits of the changes? 

·         In relation to 5.3 and 5.38, what are the current exclusion figures within the local authority?  

·         In relation to 5.29, what is the difference between that project and the ELSA that is provided within the schools? 

·         Commitments to action – how can we address and fulfil commitments? 

·         In relation to 5.37, what does the support look like? 

·         Is there a general trend in Merthyr Tydfil with absenteelearners? 

·         What stakeholders are involved in the current charters due to be launched? 

·         Would you bring back the ‘School Question Time’ event? 


Cllr C Tovey left at 17:45.


·         How are we currently working with external agencies to achieve the personal, social, and emotional areas as well as academic? 


The following comments were raised:


Cllr A Williams-Price noted that she was pleased that Secondary School attendance figures remain a focus for Officers and this committee as it forms part of the Forward Work PlanCllr A Williams-Price requested that information concerning the differences between children who are in receipt of free school meals and those who are not eligible is made available.Cllr A Williams-Price also noted the budget setting period and hoped that education would made a priority. 


The Chair thanked Cllr A Williams-Price for the comment and noted that it would be taken forward. 


The following recommendations were approved: 


2.1 Scrutiny members discuss the contents of this report and appendices and consider whether any further information should be presented and noted.



Forward Work Programme 2023/2024 pdf icon PDF 312 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair informs the committee that the last column ‘Impact/Outcome/Actions From: Report Item’ has been added.  

The Chair reminds the committee that they will be discussing the Whole School Approach in upcoming meetings. 


The following questions were raised 


·         Would it be feasible to have a session or workshop on attendance? 

·         Could we have the Governors visit to schools before the ALN meeting on the 4th of March? 

·         When are we going to hear about the feasibility study for secondary education and should it be on the Work Plan? 


The following recommendations were approved: 


2.1 Scrutiny Members agree the items set out in the Scrutiny Forward Work Programme (Appendix 1)



Scrutiny Referrals

To consider referrals made to Scrutiny for inclusion in the Forward Work Programme.


The Chair informed the committee that the points discussed would be brought up in the Quarterly Technical meeting.


Report Recommendations

Did we address the recommendations in each report and how have we added value?


The Chair notes that a follow up on WESP data is needed. 


Feedback on Scrutiny Activities

Any outstanding actions?  Feedback from workshops / task and finish groups / enquiry days, etc.


The Chair noted that the LRB Capacity workshop held on the 21st of November was informative and will be revisited in a future workshop or Scrutiny meeting. 


Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


No other business deemed urgent by the Chair.


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