PWYLLGOR CRAFFU ADDYSG A PHLANT

14eg Mai 2018

 

Adolygiad Gorchwyl a Gorffen 2015/16: Monitro Cynllun Gweithredu

 

Ystyried y materion canlynol a chyflwyno sylwadau arnynt:

I nodi cynnwys yr adroddiad a gweithredoedd allweddol yn deillio o waith Grŵp Gorchwyl a Gorffen yr Aelodau 2015/16 – Cau’r bwlch cyrhaeddiad: Dysgwyr sy’n gymwys ar gyfer prydau bwyd am ddim

Rhesymau:

Mae’r Pwyllgor Craffu Addysg a Phlant wedi gorchymun adroddiad mewn perthynas â’r datblygiadau yn deillio o waith y Grwp Gorchwyl a Gorffen uchod. At hynny, awgrymir datblygiadau pellach yn y maes yma ar gyfer ystyriaeth yr Aelodau.

 

 

Angen cyfeirio’r mater at y Bwrdd Gweithredol er mwyn gwneud penderfyniad:  

NAC OES

 

 

 

Aelod y Bwrdd Gweithredol sy’n gyfrifol am y Portffolio:

Cyng. Glynog Davies (Addysg a Phlant)

 

 

 

Y Gyfarwyddiaeth:

Addysg a Phlant

 

Enw Pennaeth y Gwasanaeth:

J. Aeron Rees

 

Awdur yr adroddiad:

Aeron Rees

 

 

Swyddi:

 

 

Pennaeth Cwricwlwm a Lles

 

 

 

Rhifau Ffôn / Cyfeiriadau E-bost:

 

 

01267 246 532

JARees@sirgar.gov.uk

 

 

 

 


 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

EDUCATION & CHILDREN

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

14th MAY 2018

TASK AND FINISH REVIEW 2015/16 ACTION PLAN MONITORING

 

At its meeting on 24th September, 2015, the Education and Children Scrutiny Committee resolved to earmark improving the performance of those learners eligible for free school meals as one of its priorities for 2015/16.

The Committee agreed to progress this matter by establishing a task and finish group to research and review the attainment gap for e-FSM learners.

 

This report provides brief  background regarding:

·         the scope and objectives of the Group’s work;

·         it’s methodology;

·         the Group’s recommendations;

·         actions taken following the publication of the report allied to the recommendations;

·         possible future actions for further developing themes identified in the report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DETAILED REPORT ATTACHED

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPLICATIONS

 

I confirm that other than those implications which have been agreed with the appropriate Directors / Heads of Service and are referred to in detail below, there are no other implications associated with this report.      

           

Signed:  

J. Aeron Rees

 

Head of Curriculum and Wellbeing

 

Policy, Crime & Disorder and Equalities

Legal

Finance

ICT

Risk Management Issues

Staffing Implications

Physical Assets

YES

NONE

YES

NONE

YES

YES

NONE

 

POLICY, CRIME & DISORDER AND EQUALITIES

 

Education in Wales: Our National Mission’, launched in October 2017, sets out how the school system in Wales will move forward over the period until 2021 to secure the effective implementation of the new curriculum for Wales. There are four enabling objectives. Objective three is of particular relevance, namely ‘Strong and inclusive schools committed to excellence, equity and wellbeing’ which underlines Welsh Government’s determination that the education system takes account of, and responds to, the unique challenges that present themselves to individuals (including those who’ve experienced a number of Adverse Childhood Experiences – ACEs).This section of the plan builds on ‘Rewriting the future: Raising ambition and attainment in Welsh Schools’ which delivered the Pupil Deprivation Grant, now known as the Pupil Development Grant – to break down barriers faced by learners from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The PDG has been expanded from April 2017 to improve life chances of the most deprived younger learners, aimed to improve the first thousand days of our most vulnerable children.

FINANCE

 

Pupil Development Grant is allocated to every school, proportional to need. The impact of spend is monitored by Challenge Advisors during core visits and its deployment is integral to decisions pertaining to the school categorisation system.

RISK MANAGEMENT

 

Not closing attainment gaps pose a number of risks: primarily it will serve to undermine life chances of disadvantaged learners; will potentially propagate a divided society and may have implications for young people who, by virtue of unfulfilled potential, struggle in the jobs market, drift into criminality, alcohol/substance abuse etc.

STAFFING IMPLICATIONS

 

 Closing achievement gaps is hard work and demands favourable adult:pupil ratios (be they teachers and/or teaching assistants). Maintaining favourable ratios, let alone improving them, is proving to be a challenge in the current fiscal climate. In addition, creative and innovative use of PDG is essential in order to genuinely add value.

 

 

 

 

CONSULTATIONS

 

I confirm that the appropriate consultations have taken in place and the outcomes are as detailed below:

           

Signed:  

J. Aeron Rees

 

Head of Curriculum and Wellbeing

1. Local Member(s) – N/A

2. Community / Town Council – N/A

3. Relevant Partners – N/A

4. Staff Side Representatives and other Organisations – N/A

 

Section 100D Local Government Act, 1972 – Access to Information

List of Background Papers used in the preparation of this report:

 

THESE ARE DETAILED BELOW:

 

Title of Document

 

File Ref No. / Locations that the papers are available for public inspection

Task & Finish Review 2015/16: Final Report

Narrowing the Attainment Gap:

Learners eligible for free school meals

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Next Steps for Equity and Inclusion in Carmarthenshire’s Learning Communities

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Letter to Cabinet Secretary (August 2017)

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