What has been the impact of the Attainment and Wellbeing inquiry?

Photo credit: City & County of Swansea

Photo credit: City & County of Swansea

The Attainment and Wellbeing Scrutiny Inquiry Panel met in June 2015 to look at the impact of their Scrutiny Inquiry into Attainment and Wellbeing across schools in Swansea. The original inquiry considered how schools, the Council and partners can improve wellbeing in Schools.

Councillors were pleased to hear from the Cabinet Member that the inquiry had helped to raise the profile of attainment and wellbeing especially in relation to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in schools.  There is an improved understanding and awareness of the UNCRC and the benefits of a rights based approach.  Schools have reported that attainment; attendance and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people in Swansea have already improved in the following ways:

  • Children and young people having more confidence to speak out about child protection or welfare issues
  • Improved relationships, behaviour and engagement in learning with a reduction in bullying and exclusions and attendance has improved
  • Children and young people have enhanced moral understanding and positive attitudes towards diversity in society and a reduction of prejudice
  • Children and young people have become more involved in decision making

The Panel were informed that there had been a positive impact from the implementation of the recommendations as a whole.

The Panel did still have some concerns around progress made in relation to aspects of the report relating to school governance which they have referred onto the School Governance Scrutiny Inquiry to look at further.

Read more at http://www.swanseascrutiny.co.uk/2014/07/01/cabinet-agree-with-scrutiny-report-for-improving-the-attainment-and-wellbeing-of-children-in-schools/#yKclhi51QSD2ry7Y.99

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