Cyflwynwyd gan:Cyng/Cllr Cemlyn Williams
was decided to give the department permission to hold discussions with
stakeholders in order to consider the current provision and highlight the key
considerations in order to co-identify the direction and opportunities to
strengthen the post-16 education provision in Arfon.
The report was presented
by Cllr. Dyfrig Siencyn.
It was decided
to authorise the department
to hold discussions with stakeholders in order to consider
the current provision and highlight the key considerations in order to co-identify
the direction and opportunities to strengthen the
post-16 education provision
The report was submitted, which noted the need for a new
post-16 system as a consequence of the Welsh Government's intention to introduce new legislation
in 2020. It was added that this would
give rise to a discussion in Gwynedd since the foundations of the current system dated back 40 years, and consequently it was a timely juncture at which to take a look at the system. It was emphasised
that the focus in particular would
be on the Arfon area, where provision continued in schools,
although the Department would be looking at provision throughout the county.
It was noted that the report highlighted the case for change,
owing to the many differences in standards and variation
in specific areas. It was highlighted that the current provision in Arfon was operated through a consortium, and that as a result there would need
to be a frank and constructive discussion on the creation of a system for the future. It was added that there
was a need to strengthen
the opportunities to study each subject through
the medium of Welsh.
It was reported that Welsh Government was looking at how it funded the post-16 system,
and that a decision had been made that the provision
needed to be considered
prior to the confirmation of any
funding. It was noted that the main driver was the change in the education
curriculum, and that a focus would
be placed upon further learning and experiences.
As a result, it was reported
that there was a need to look at the provision in order
to continue along this development journey. It was added that there was a need to look at employers' requirements so that specific
subjects could be studied in particular
Observations arising from the discussion
¾ The report
was welcomed, and it was noted that it would
be customary for the department to approach the
Cabinet with options before a consultation was held on those
options, but that in this
case it intended to hold discussions first before proceeding
to develop the options.
¾ It was expressed
that the report noted concerns regarding the current provision, and further clarification was requested. It was explained that the system worked to the best of its ability,
but that some schools provided
various subjects in other schools,
which resulted in pupils travelling
from one place to another. It was expressed that there was a need to look into ensuring
that the same support and the same courses were
provided throughout the county. It was noted that it was an opportunity to create an exciting system that was fit for purpose.
¾ In terms of the timescale, it was noted that a consultation
would be held over the coming months and that
a report would come before Cabinet before the end of summer.