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									  South West and Mid Wales
        Consortium

Making Connections Project
        Introduction



 • In 2000 the six authorities began on a journey of
   collaborative working and in this workshop we will
   seek to outline the journey, considering the
   successes and benefits as well as the risks and
   barriers we encountered along the way


 • We are still on the journey and the direction in which
   we travel is influenced by both National and local
   drivers


NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
                                           Context




NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
         Northern                                                              Scotland
         Ireland                                                                        2,800 schools
                                                                                        725,000 pupils
1,300 schools
340,000 pupils




                                                                                        England
        Wales                                                                               25,300 schools
                                                                                            8,300,000 pupils
2,000 schools
480,000 pupils

           The population of Wales is 5.84% of that of England
  NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
            Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
                                                                                                 1.    Merthyr Tydfil
                                                                                                 2.    Caerphilly
                                                                                                 3.    Blaenau Gwent
14.     Ceredigion                                                                               4.    Torfaen
15.     Powys                                                                                    5.    Monmouthshire
22.     Pembrokeshire                                                                            6.    Newport
13.     Carmarthenshire                                                                          7.    Cardiff
12.     Swansea                                                                                  8.    Vale of Glamorgan
11.     Neath Port Talbot                                                                        9.    Bridgend
                                                                                                 10. Rhondda Cynon Taf
                                                                                                 16. Wrexham
                                                                                                 17. Flintshire
                                                                                                 18. Denbighshire
                                                                                                 19. Conwy
                                                                                                 20. Gwynedd
                                                                                                 21. Anglesey
      NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
                Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
            The Wales Context


•      Statutory requirements for Education in Wales come from the United
       Kingdom Parliament and the Welsh Assembly Government

                  Statutory Framework and Guidance

              Pay and Conditions                                                     Funding
                Disability Rights                                                  Provision

               United Kingdom                                                Welsh Assembly
                Government                                                    Government




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              Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        Funding of schools



                                       UK Government


                     Welsh Assembly Government


                              Local Authorities (22)


                                                Schools


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          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        National Drivers



•   The context of the Regional development for education needs to
    be considered alongside the National priorities and drivers for
    change
•   The development of our model of Consortium working will enable
    the six authorities to be responsive to National priorities and
    pressures including statutory obligations. The key drivers for
    change include:-
      Raising Standards and School Effectiveness
      The Single Plan for Children and Young People
      The Tri-level Reform Agenda
      Beyond Boundaries (The Beecham Report)
      Making the Connections; Delivering Better Services for Wales
      Efficiencies

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          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
            The Consortium

•    The South West and Mid Wales Consortium, swamwac, comprises of the six Authorities
     Swansea             Neath Port Talbot                   Carmarthenshire
         Ceredigion                     Powys                               Pembrokeshire


•    Established in 2000 for the implementation of Threshold Assessment and Performance
     Management for Teachers


•    Operates with a small core team from offices based at Trinity College, Carmarthen


•    Covering 635 Schools and Teaching Services
       533 Primary       68 secondary             10 Special           24 Services
       32% of schools in Wales and 28% of pupil population

•    Language
       48% Welsh        52% English

•    Performance
    The six authorities feature in the top eight at the end of Key Stage 4
    NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
              Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
     Developing Collaboration




NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        Vision


•   Through working collaboratively we have the potential to develop
    and deliver improved services for children and young people and
    also adults and continuing learners
•   We believe that the model of Consortium working that we have
    developed will support each authority in achieving the vision set
    out in ‘The Learning Country’ and ‘The Learning Country: Vision
    into Action’.
•   The systems being developed are in alignment with tri-level
    reform as the Welsh Assembly Government seek to align policy,
    implementation and impact on the learner
•   The model we have developed will be built upon and adopted in
    other areas as with the Regional Learning Partnership

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          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        Making Connections Project


Aim
    To develop a model and structure for Consortium Working that achieves
     an inclusive and flexible organisation which can be responsive to new
     circumstances and that supports the delivery of the best possible
     outcomes for learners
Principles
•    The benefits of consortium working are recognised by all authorities
     within the consortium
•    All the authorities are positively committed to the continued existence
     and development of consortium working
•    It can be a stepping stone to implementing the Children Act
•    The further development of consortium working will also have the
     potential to achieve efficiencies within each authority.

NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
            Regional Context - Consortium working


•      Work of the Consortium is determined by the six Authorities

•      Consortium working is a joint working arrangement Joint
       working can take different forms – from networking to full
       integration of services and seeks to add value to the work of each
       individual authority
•      There are clear lines of responsibility and accountability, a
       strength of the Consortium working model

•      Each Authority retains its responsibilities for Statutory delivery
       and standards of service
•      This arrangement has been developed and confirmed by the first
       phase of the Making Connections Project and the effectiveness of
       South West and Mid Wales Consortium working has been
       recognised by WAG and ADEW
    NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
              Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
                                          What is the continuum of Consortium working?


                                                                                           This is where Consortium Working delivers a
                                                                                           common service across the participating authorities.
                                                                  Integration              The authorities pool budgets and resources to
                                                                                           provide the service
     Positive outcomes for children and




                                                                                            This is where the authorities work together on
                                                                  Collaboration             specific initiatives, sharing resources and sharing
                                                                                            responsibilities, risks and rewards.
                                          young people




                                                                                            This is where the Authorities work together to solve
                                                                  Co-operation
                                                                                            problems, remove barriers and broker solutions.


                                                                 Co-ordination              This is where the Authorities align policies and
                                                                                            procedures, and develop consistent approaches.

                                                                                            This is where the Authorities share information,
                                                                                            discuss approaches and identify best practice.
                                                                  Networking                They also build trust and positive professional
                                                                                            relationships.
NEEC January 2008                                                                       www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
                                              Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        What have we achieved since 2000?

•   Implementation of Performance Threshold Assessment of teachers

•   Programme of performance management of headteachers

•   Coordination and guidance of workforce remodelling across the 6 Authorities

•   A bilingual training programme for teaching assistants

•   Assessment programme for Higher Level Teaching Assistant Status

•   Gained “Chartered Teacher Status” contract for GTCW pilot

•   Coordinated RAISE programme
•   Access to Transition modules based on Key Skills
•   A common template for transfer of pupil information
•   Joint training for advisers and music staff
•   Sharing and access to short course programmes from each authority
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          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        What we aspire to ……..


Working together to
•   Raise standards of school and pupil achievement

•   Mediate national initiatives to local level
    (Foundation Phase, 14-19, Transition, New Curriculum including the
    Skills Framework)
•   Support innovation and improved services for schools

•   Develop and enhance Continued Professional Development for
    teachers, support staff and advisers

•   Achieve efficient and effective joint approaches to the Children’s Act




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          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        We worked via …….


•   Strategic leadership through the Directors’ Group and the
    Strategic Management Group
•   A small core team to support developments

•   The establishment of focused operational working groups

•   The establishment of trust throughout the operational working
    groups

•   Commissioned research including the most cost effective means
    of delivering initiatives

•   Detailed analysis of approaches in each authority

NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        What have we established from ‘Making Connections’?


•   The Making Connections Project was part funded by the Welsh
    Assembly Government Making the Connections Improvement Fund

•   An Action Plan for 3 years, 2007-2010

•   Consultation papers recognising the challenge facing Authorities and
    Schools

•   A consortium structure

•   A governance structure

•   A implementation plan

•   An Business Case for 2007-2008 to support the implementation of the
    proposals


NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        Risks, Benefits and Tensions


•   The complexity of dealing with local agendas that may differ
    between authorities
•   The flexibility of the collaboration achieved through the continuum
    of Consortium working and the principle that all six authorities do
    not have to be involved in every area
•   The increasing demand for Consortium working can be a capacity
    issue
•   The tendency for the stakeholders to devolve responsibility,
    organisation or tasks to the Consortium without consultation
•   The reluctance of the stakeholders to interact with the authorities
    in a consortium group


NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        Discussion point



   Have we been able to produce a
   paradigm that brings together the best of
   the National and local?
   How can we achieve a common
   understanding of the paradigm we have
   produced for tri-level reform?



NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
                        Implementation




NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
         Implementation

•   The bid for Continuation funding that was endorsed by the two Regional
    Boards has been submitted to the Welsh Assembly Government. We are
    awaiting the outcome of the bid
•   A strategic Plan for Consortium Working has been established, it is a two
    part plan due to the hiatus in funding
    The Consortium Strategic Plan
    Part 1: Interim Plan for Consortium working
               prioritised actions that can be achieved without Continuation
              funding
    Part 2: Actions that will be achieved with Continuation Funding
•   Embedding Consortium working and achieving the optimum efficiencies
    will not be possible unless both parts of the plan are implemented,
    Continuation funding is required

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          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        Key Outcome


• The outcome of Consortium working must be the
  improved standards in terms of educational
  achievement and well being for children and young
  people, the moral purpose.
• Improved standards are the key efficiency to be
  achieved by Consortium working
• Efficiencies will be achieved through
     – Avoiding duplication
     – Delivering more for the same
     – Sharing costs of development

NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
         Interim Consortium working Strategic Plan


• The plan has three strands
  Strand 1: Workforce Development
  Strand 2: Advice, Support and Challenge
  Strand 3:Governance and Organisational Development


• The implementation of the interim plan seeks to ensure
  limited sustainable development and efficiencies through
  partnership working.


 NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
           Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        Strand 1: Workforce Development



• Short Course Programme for Teachers
• Brokerage for curriculum support
• Leadership Development
• School Support Staff
• Workforce Remodelling


NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        Strand 2: Advice Support and Challenge


• Standards for Advice Support and Challenge
• Performance Management for Headteachers
• Transition
• 14-19
• Foundation Phase
• Inclusion
• RAISE


NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        Strand 3: Governance and Organisational
                  Development


• Operational processes and quality improvement
  including scrutiny and communication
• Tri-level agenda – policy to impact
• Community Focused Schools
• Single Plan for Children and Young People
• Convergence




NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        Where should we be in one year?


•   Joint programme of short courses and accredited courses in place for
    teachers, support staff and school leadership teams
•   Integration on RAISE programme - a programme to raise standards
    targeted towards social deprivation
•   Professional training for advisers to support innovation and improvement
•   Pedagogy networks to support teachers
•   Joint roll out of Foundation Phase
•   Coordinated approaches to 14-19 and Convergence Funding
•   Identification of :-
          • Consistent policies, practice and standards
          • Efficiencies
          • Increased capacity

NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        Discussion point




          Where should we be in 3 Years?




NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        Where should we be in 3 years?



          • Policy


          • Outcomes and Benefits


          • Sustainability


NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.
        Further Information


• Presentation
    www.swamwac.org/eveconf/recentevents.asp
• Full Project Report
    www.swamwac.org/connections/documents/mc_final_report.pdf
• Executive Summary
    www.swamwac.org/connections/documents/mc_summary.pdf
• Consortium Strategic Plan
    www.swamwac.org/docs/priority-actions.pdf




NEEC January 2008                                   www.swamwac.org                             Making Connections Project
          Supported by funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections Improvement Fund.

								
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