Blaenau Gwent and Newport in new education bid
11:03am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
TWO Gwent councils are to explore how they could work even more closely together in providing education services in a move that could affect how their staff are organised.
Blaenau Gwent and Newport councils have, since February, shared chief education officer James Harris.
A report on Newport council’s education service improvement plan for 2013/14 says that the two authorities are to consider more ways in which they can share services.
It reads: “Further opportunities for shared working across the two authorities will be explored during 2013/14, which may result in changes to the staffing structure."
A Welsh Government review of local authority education services may also impact on the delivery of education through the region, the report says.
The two authorities have worked together on the management of inclusion in the education service since 2012.
The improvement plan sets out targets to improve school attendance and attainment among pupils over the next four years.
The report, published for approval by the cabinet member for education, Bob Poole, also sets out an action plan for the authority.
Councils in Gwent already collaborate in the Educational Achievement Service, which aims to boost standards in schools in the five Gwent authority areas.
A recent review commissioned by the Welsh Government suggested transferring education functions to regional consortia – the Welsh Government has not yet published its response.
Education Minister Huw Lewis recently told the Argus that there would always be a role for councils in organising education in Gwent.
The EAS is one of four Welsh consortia tasked with improving education standards by former education minister Leighton Andrews after poor results in literacy and numeracy compared to other countries. All Gwent schools are now being continuously monitored by the EAS, as well as periodically by Estyn.
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