Annual Performance Challenge – Education

At the Children, Young People and Learning Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting on Monday (5th Dec) Councillor looked at the performance data from across schools in Swansea, concentrating on educational attainment, school exclusions, attendance and employment training.  Councillors were pleased to find:  the overall trend for level 2 threshold indicator and core subject indicator is upward. that progress with […]

Teaching Assistants in Swansea Primary Schools

The Children, Young People and Learning Overview and Scrutiny Board are in the progress of reviewing the role of Teaching Assistants across the primary sector in schools in Swansea.  Councillors chose this subject at a Board meeting in June and have started their investigations with a visit to a small rural primary school speaking to the […]

The Building Blocks to improving Literacy in Swansea

The Board agreed to refer its latest report to Cabinet for decision at its meeting on Monday 28th February.  The Review of Literacy has been a detailed piece of work which has culminating in a number of recommendations for improvement. Councillors spoke to literacy advisors, Headteachers, school governors, local teacher training colleges and parents.  They […]

Learning from the Swansea Youth Offender Service

Yesterday the Partnership Overview and Scrutiny Committee had a presentation from Eddie Isles, the Youth Offending Team Manager, on how the Youth Offending Service works in Swansea. In case you don’t know, here is the service in a nutshell: Swansea Youth Offending Service is a multi-agency approach to youth offending. The staff group comprises of social workers, […]

What Do You Think About Literacy in Swansea Schools?

The Children, Young People and Learning Overview & Scrutiny Board are undertaking a major piece of work on literacy in Swansea schools.  The issue of literacy is obviously a vital one not just for individuals but for the economy more widely.  Improving the literacy levels of all pupils remains a local priority; raising standards in reading and writing […]

Children, Young People & Learning – The Big Swansea Challenges

Today the Children, Young People and Learning Overview & Scrutiny Board met to consider their work plan for the year. To provide the context for this they had a highly informative presentation which was given jointly by Richard Parry, the Corporate Director (Education), Cllr Mary Jones, Lead Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, and Cllr […]