Overview and Scrutiny

Schools and Learning Committee

The role of the Schools and Learning Overview and Scrutiny Committee is to review and scrutinise services delivered to improve outcomes for children, young people and adult learners and to support the raising of educational standards and outcomes.

The remit and scope of the Committee is as follows:

  • Educational outcomes at all stages, particularly at Key Stage 4
  • School performance, including support provided to schools
  • School categorisation
  • School support through regional working (i.e. ERW)
  • Individual Schools (via a Schools Scrutiny Panel)
  • Inclusion Services
  • Youth Support and other community based services (including Adult Learning)
  • Post-16 learning, skills and training
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Pembrokeshire College
  • Music Service
  • Sports Development
  • Children’s voice and participation
  • Financial arrangements relation to schools and learning
  • Safeguarding in Education

The Committee has 13 members and four statutory co-optees and will meet at least five times per year. Details of Committee members and future meetings, along with the Committee Work Programme can be found via the links below.

Schools and Learning Overview and Scrutiny Committee (opens new window)

12 October 2022

One-off Committee Items

  • Item: Additional Learning Needs Policy
  • Purpose: To scrutinise the policy, following its roll out in September 2021
  • Item: Estyn Action Plan Update
  • Purpose: To consider and scrutinise the improvements made in relation to the 4 recommendations, with GCSE and A- Level outcomes data for Pembrokeshire in comparison to national data being included as part of recommendation 1

Standing / Re-occurring Items

  • Item: Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report
  • Purpose: To provide an integrated review of the main activity of the Committee over the past year, as well as looking forward to future challenges and areas for improvement
  • Item: Schools Scrutiny Panel
  • Purpose: To consider the outcomes of school visits undertaken by the panel

24 November 2022

One-off Committee Items

  • Item: Estyn Action Plan Update
  • Purpose: To consider and scrutinise the improvements made in relation to the 4 recommendations, with GCSE and A- Level outcomes data for Pembrokeshire in comparison to national data being included as part of recommendation 1
  • Item: Educational attainment of small and rural schools
  • Purpose: To consider the opportunities and challenges of small and rural schools

Standing / Re-occurring Items

  • Item: Schools Scrutiny Panel
  • Purpose: To consider the outcomes of school visits undertaken by the panel
  • Item: Safeguarding in Education Annual Report
  • Purpose: To have oversight of the Director of Schools and Learning’s statutory duties in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in schools

Scrutiny Panel Visit

  • School 1 – Ysgol Y Preseli
  • Purpose: To undertake a programme of visiting individual schools
  • School 2 – Pembrokeshire Learning Centre (Neyland PLC)
  • Purpose: To undertake a programme of visiting individual schools

26 January 2023

One-off Committee Items

  • Item: Schools Formula Funding Review Update
  • Purpose:  For the Committee to be presented with a two part update to allow scrutiny and to ensure transparency;
    • The draft details of the Formula Funding review
    • The financial sustainability of 21st Century Schools

Standing / Re-occurring Items

  • Item: Estyn School Inspection Reports
  • Purpose: To review recent Estyn School Inspection Reports which took place between September 2022 - March 2023
  • Item: Outline Draft County Council Budget 2023-24 and Outline Draft Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) 2023-24 to 2026-27
  • Purpose: To scrutinise proposals for the Council’s budget and Council Tax levels for 2022-23
  • Item: Whistleblowing in Schools Annual Report
  • Purpose: To receive an annual update on whistleblowing in schools

30 March 2023

One-off Committee Items

  • Item: School Attendance Data
  • Purpose: To review the results of the recent schools attendance campaign
  • Item: Adult and Community Learning and Youth Service Provision
  • Purpose: To receive an update on the provisions in place for lifelong learning
  • Item: Scrutiny of external education providers
  • Purpose: To consider the range of external providers and programmes in relation to education within the County (e.g. Cam Nesa)
  • Item: School Staff Absence and Supply Teacher Arrangements     
  • Purpose: To scrutinise:
    • The barriers to performance including staff absence data and staff retention figures
    • The current supply arrangements

Standing / Re-occurring Items

  • Item: Curriculum Update inc. Learning within the Outdoor Provision Audit
  • Purpose: To receive regular updates on preparations for the implementation of the new curriculum – “Our National Mission – A Transformational Curriculum”. For the update to include information following the audit of the current practice of Learning in the Outdoors for all statutory school age and Post-16 learners.

June 2023

One-off Committee Items

N/A

Standing / Re-occurring Items

  • Item: Partneriaeth Update
  • Purpose: To scrutinise the support being provided by the newly established Partneriaeth.
  • Item: Directorate Plan Update
  • Purpose: To monitor performance in the Inclusion, Performance and Community, Resources and Governance and School Improvement Services
  • Item: Section 175 Safeguarding Audit
  • Purpose: To consider the annual Safeguarding Audit
  • Item: Memorandum of Understanding for the delivery of Post-16 Education in Pembrokeshire
  • Purpose: To annually review the effectiveness of the MOU for delivery of Post-16 Education in Pembrokeshire prior to consideration by Council, as per decision in October 2018 and for the June 2022 update to include all-inclusive data relating to Post-16 education within the County.

Terms of reference

Purpose

The Schools & Learning Overview and Scrutiny Committee will review and scrutinise services delivered to improve outcomes for children, young people and adult learners.

Role and function

To support the raising of educational standards and outcomes for learners

Remit and scope

Educational outcomes at all stages, particularly at Key Stage 4

  • School performance, including support provided to schools
  • School categorisation
  • School support through regional working (i.e. ERW)
  • Individual schools (via a Schools Scrutiny Panel)
  • Inclusion services
  • Youth support and other community based services (including Adult Learning)
  • Post-16 learning, skills and training 
  • MOU with Pembrokeshire College 
  • Music Service
  • Sports Development 
  • Children’s voice and participation 
  • Financial arrangements relating to schools and learning 
  • Safeguarding in Education

Procedure

The Committee will conduct its proceedings in accordance with the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules set out in Section 7 of the Council’s Constitution.

Membership

There will be 13 Members on the Committee + 4 statutory co-optees

Frequency of meetings

The Schools & Learning Overview and Scrutiny Committee will meet at least 5 times per municipal year.

 

ID: 550, revised 10/10/2022
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