Agenda item

Best Start to Life Update

To consider report of the Chief Officer Education

Minutes:

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·         Paragraph 5.2 – Table 1 – Data is out of date – How is this being overcome – Is representation being made to Welsh Government regarding data – Will there be an update on the response from Welsh Government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 to Attendance and Anti-Social Behaviour

·         If parents are worried in relation to year 11 final grades and its impact what recourse is there for parents

·         The excellence of Teachers

·         The need to pursue the issue of data with Welsh Government

·         The need for an up to date building condition survey

 

The Chair then thanked Sue Walker and Councillor L Mytton for attending and the update and responses to the Committee on the report.

 

C Payne and S Fureed Co-opted Members left the Meeting at 5.00 pm.

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