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Councillor Euros Davies and Rhodri Davies apologised for
their inability to attend the meeting.
Councillor Elizabeth Evans apologised for her inability to attend
the meeting as she was on other Council duties.
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The Cabinet Member for
Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Councillor Wyn Thomas presented the
report. It was reported that the Learning
Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee received an overview of the results
for Ceredigion at the 28 September 2023 meeting. Official data was now
available from the Welsh Government and that what was presented in the report.
National data was now also available as the Committee were keen to see the
data would be available in December so it was noted that it was the provisional
data that was presented.
set of results data that was published by the Welsh Government had reduced over
the years. By now they only publish points scores.
official GCSE data looks at the “first grade” rather than the “best grade”. For
example, if a pupil gets a “C” in November and then resits and gets an “A” in
the summer, it will be the “C” that was included.
we provide schools with their “best grade” points scores to better show what
qualifications pupils gain at the end of Year 11.
As for A Level data, the national data was available for A*-B and A*-C and that has
been added to the table below for your information.
Following questions from the floor on the methodology of the concept of the collection of this data by the Welsh Government, it was AGREED to note the information presented.
The Cabinet Member for Schools, Lifelong
Learning and Skills, Councillor Wyn Thomas presented the report on
Qualifications for 14-16 year olds. He stated that
Qualifications Wales were looking at qualifications for pupils between 14 and
16 years old. ‘Qualified for the Future’ aims to ensure that learners in Wales
take qualifications that inspire and prepare them for life, learning and work.
To achieve this, Qualifications Wales were reimagining qualifications to
support the new Curriculum for Wales. The aim of Qualified for the
Future is to:
The organisation has applied a model of ‘co-creation’ and had
held two consultations.
Currently, two consultations were held over the last year. This paper
would consider the decisions of the Made-for-Wales GCSEs consultation. Between
October 2022 and March a wide-ranging consultation was
held on the proposals for Made-for-Wales GCSEs. Proposals for the 26 new
qualifications were consulted upon, grouped around the six Areas of Learning
and Experience. The School Support Adviser provided further detailed information
upon this proposal by a power point presentation.
In addition to the above, a consultation was held on the Full Wider
Qualifications Offer, to include vocational and pre-vocational..
Whilst the above considers the more traditional subjects, the full offer
considers all types of qualifications. These qualifications would sit alongside
GCSEs. This would provide qualifications that support the breadth of Curriculum
for Wales and prepare learners for work and life.
The findings of this consultation would be published in January 2024.
It was AGREED to note the current position.
It was AGREED to note the Ceredigion Youth
Council Meeting Minutes.
The Year 1 Childcare Sufficiency Assessment
Progress Report presented to Scrutiny in July 2023 highlighted the
insufficiency of childcare availability in Lampeter. There was a concern with
regard to supporting the Welsh Government’s (WG) commitment to rolling out the
Flying Start childcare entitlement of 12.5 hours a week of funded childcare for
2 – 3 year old’s in the town.
Following the agreement to extend funded
childcare through the Flying Start programme to 2 year olds
in Wales, Ceredigion undertook a large scoping exercise to identify the areas
for expansion. Following submission of a business case to WG the following
LSOAs were agreed as the expansion areas, which commenced in April 2023:
• Lampeter 1 &
• New Quay
Lampeter was the only town without a Cylch Meithrin or sessional childcare provision for 2-4 year olds. Currently, many 3 year olds were starting school
(mornings only) having not attended any form of childcare.
Although Lampeter LSOA 1 & 2 were
approved for the expansion, the number of childcare places available did not
meet the demand, therefore many children weren’t able to access eligible
childcare. Lampeter had 1 private day nursery registered for 36 children and 3 childminders
offering 22 places. All providers
were currently full and were unable to accept any additional children who were
eligible for the 12.5 hours a week of funded Flying Start childcare.
The primary objectives for
expanding Flying Start were:
ensure children get the best possible start in life;
tackle poverty and deprivation; and
increase the provision of childcare services and of Welsh medium childcare
places and settings.
19 children were currently eligible
for Flying Start childcare in the Lampeter 1 & 2 area. However, the Local
Authority could only fund places for 10 children due to insufficient spaces
being available. Initial conversations and investigations into expansion were
held with the private Day Nursery. Following the decision by the Day Nursery
expand its service due to premises
issues, Flying Start officers had been working with Mudiad
Meithrin to investigate the potential to establish a
new Cylch Meithrin in
Finding a suitable venue to
accommodate a Cylch Meithrin/Sessional
childcare had been difficult due to requirements to adhere to Care Inspectorate
Wales (CIW) /National Minimum standards (NMS) regulations. However, progress
was now being made. Discussions are taking place to establish a Cylch in either the Scouts Hut in
Lampeter or possibly within Ysgol Bro
Pedr. The Cylch would aim
to open in January as an unregistered setting to begin with, which means that
children can only access the provision for less than two hours, with the
intention to become registered with Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) by April
It was reported that a meeting was
due to be held on the 07 December with between Officers an
Governors of Ysgol Bro Pedr to discuss and hopefully
finalise the location of the Cylch Meithrin at the school.
It was AGREED to note the report upon the workstream held at Cwrtnewydd. The Members that attended thanked Officers for
viewing the facilities at Cwrtnewydd and the
opportunity to observe the teaching and speak to the pupils. It had been a
It was AGREED to confirm as a true record the Minutes of the previous
meeting of the committee.
It was AGREED to note the draft Forward Work Programme as presented subject to another meeting being arranged if needed prior to the May pre election period.