Houses in Multiple Occupation Scrutiny Working Group

Scrutiny agreed to look at the subject of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Swansea after receiving a request for scrutiny from a member of the public.  The issue raised relates to the numbers and control of HMOs in Swansea, and in particular the spread of HMOs into the east side due to the new University […]

High Aspirations: how are services being improved for children and young people who are educated other than at school?

Councillors met on the 29 November 2016 and will meet again on the 3 January to follow up on the progress made by the Council in relation the recommendations made to improve education other than at school services in Swansea.  The Cabinet Member was asked what the impact of this piece of work has been […]

How do we ensure children have the best start in life?

There is considerable international evidence from a wide spectrum of leading academics and practitioners that investment in the Early Years will break the cycle of disadvantage by changing children’s life chances so that they are better able to make a positive contribution to society and at the same time reduce the need for very costly […]

So what is happening in education scrutiny in Swansea?

Swansea Councils education scrutiny body, the Schools Performance Scrutiny Panel, has the role of providing ongoing challenge to schools performance in order to ensure that pupils in Swansea are receiving a high quality education and that it is meeting its objectives to improve schools standards and pupil attainment. The up-coming meetings for this Panel are: 16 November at 4.00pm […]

Delivering for vulnerable learners? 10 questions to ask

The Education Through Regional Working (ERW) Scrutiny Councillor Group met on the 27 September 2016 and one of the issues they discussed was how each local authority scrutiny body challenges their schools and education department when looking at pupil deprivation grant spend on vulnerable learners. The Group discussed a framework of ‘what works’ including looking at, for […]

Are all children ready for school in Swansea?

A new scrutiny panel is currently being set up that will look at children’s readiness for school in Swansea.  It will meet for the first time on the 11 October.  The issue was highlighted by Councillors as an important topic for review at the Scrutiny Work Planning Conference in May.   Some of the reasons Councillors will look […]