Agenda and draft minutes

Education, Skills and Culture Cabinet Board
Thursday, 18th March, 2021 2.01 pm

Venue: Via Microsoft Teams

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chairperson

Minutes:

Agreed that Councillor P.A.Rees be appointed Chairperson for the meeting.

2.

Chair's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chair extended best wishes, on behalf of Members, to Aled Evans, who would shortly be retiring from the post of Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

It was noted that Members have a dispensaion which allowed them to speak and vote on school matters.

 

The following Officer made a declaration of interest at the start of the meeting:

 

Wayne John         -              RE Welsh Public Library Standards Annual Report 2019-20, as he is a member of the Welsh Governement Reference Group on Welsh Public Library Standards.

4.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Minutes:

Decision:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 22 January 2021, be approved.

 

5.

Forward Work Programme 2021/2022 pdf icon PDF 105 KB

Minutes:

That the Forward Work Programme be noted.

6.

Appointment and Removal of Local Authority Governor Representatives pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Minutes:

Decisions:

 

That, in line with the approved policy, Local Authority Governor Representatives be appointed to the existing and forthcoming vacancies as follows, and as detailed in appendix 1 to the circulated report:

School

Date of Vacancy

Decision

Blaengwrach Primary School

Immediate

Appoint Mrs. Yun Yun Herbert

Coedffranc Primary School

Immediate

Future appointment to be made

Cwmnedd Primary School

Immediate

Appoint Mr. Richard Knoyle

Gnoll Primary School

Immediate

Future appointment to be made

Godre’rgraig Primary School

Immediate

Appoint Mrs. Delyth Danaher

Sandfields Primary School

Immediate

Future appointment to be made

St. Joseph’s Junior School

Immediate

Future appointment to be made

St. Joseph’s Primary School

Immediate

Future appointment to be made

St. Joseph’s RC School & 6th Form Centre

Immediate

Future appointment to be made

Tonnau Primary School

Immediate

Future appointment to be made

YGG Castell-Nedd

Immediate

Appoint. Mr Christopher Shaw

YGG Pontardawe

Immediate

Future appointment to be made

YGG Rhos Afan

Immediate

Appoint. Mrs. Sarah-Louise Hockin

Ysgol Bae Baglan

Immediate

Immediate

Future appointment to be made

Future appointment to be made

Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera – Bro Dur

Immediate

Appoint Mr. Gavin Thomas

 

Reason for Decisions:

 

To enable the Authority to contribute to effective school governance through representation on school governing bodies.

 

Implementation of Decisions:

 

The decisions will be implemented after the three day call in period.

 

 

 

 

 

7.

Welsh Public Library Standards, Annual Report 2019-2020 pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Decision:

 

That the Annual Welsh Public Library Standards Annual Report to Welsh Government 2019-20 be approved, and the contents of the Annual Assessment Report 2019-20 be noted.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

To enable the Council to comply with its statutory duty of providing a library service in Neath Port Talbot.

 

Implementation of Decision:

 

The decision will be implemented after the three day call in period.

 

8.

Admission to Community Schools 2022-2023 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members noted an amendment to the circulated report. Officers explained that Paragraph 9 should read:

 

‘At its meeting of 25th November 2020, Cabinet approved consultation on proposed admission arrangements for community schools.’

 

Decision:

 

Having given due regard to the integrated impact assessment, and in line with the School Admissions Code, 2013 and The Education (Determination of Admission Arrangements) (Wales) Regulations 2006, the admission arrangements for community schools in relation to the 2022/2023 academic year, as detailed at appendix A to the circulated report, be approved.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

To enable the Council to meet statutory duties and good practice guidelines in respect of the admission of pupils to community schools.

 

Implementation of Decision:

 

The decision will be implemented after the three day call in period.

 

Consultation:

 

This item has been subject to consultation.

9.

School Terms Dates 2023-2024 pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Minutes:

Decision:

 

That the school term dates for 2023/2024 (as detailed in the circulated report) be agreed for consultation, and submitted to Welsh Government by the final working day of August 2021.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

To enable the Authority to meet its statutory duties.

 

Implementation of Decision:

 

The decision will be implemented after the three day call in period.

 

Consultation:

 

This item will be subject to external consultation.

10.

Schools' Forum Revised Constitution pdf icon PDF 151 KB

Minutes:

Decision:

 

That the revised Schools Forum Constitution, as detailed at appendix A to the circulated report, be approved.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

To enable the Authority to continue to meet its statutory duties.

 

Implementation of Decision:

 

The decision will be implemented after the three day call in period.

 

 

11.

Additional Learning Needs Information Management System pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Decision:

 

That having taken into account the Integrated Impact Assessment, authority be delegated to the Head of Transformation to proceed to enter the Council into the contractual arrangements detailed within the circulated report.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

To allow the authority to proceed with contractual arrangements with the provider, in readiness for the implementation of new legislation.

 

Implementation of Decision:

 

The decision will be implemented after the three day call in period.

12.

Access to Meetings

To resolve to exclude the public for the following items pursuant to Regulation 4 (3) and (5) of Statutory Instrument 2001 No. 2290 and the relevant exempt paragraphs of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

Minutes:

Decision:

 

That pursuant to Regulation 4 (3) and (5) of Statutory Instrument 2001 No. 2290, the public be excluded for the following items of business which involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 14 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

 

13.

Former Cymer Afan Comprehensive Stand-Alone Floodlit Astro Turf Pitch

Minutes:

Decision:

 

That the stand-alone floodlit astro turf pitch, situated within the grounds of Cymer Afan Primary School, be declared as surplus to the ongoing operational requirements of the Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning Service.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

To enable the Head of Property and Regeneration to commence negotiations on a potential lease.

 

Implantation of Decision:

 

The decision will be implemented after the three day call in period.

 

14.

Aberavon Beach - Lifeguard Service

Minutes:

Decision:

 

That the proposal to enter into a contract as detailed within the private, circulated report, with regards provision of a Lifeguard Service at Aberavon Beach, be approved.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

To ensure that the Council continues to provide a professional beach lifesaving service on Aberavon Beach.

 

Implementation of Decision:

 

The decision will be implemented after the three day call in period.