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					                                                                                                           Appendix 2



                        Local Authority Education Services for
                             Children and Young People

                                     Estyn Inspection 2010


                         Post Inspection Action Plan (Draft)


The Executive Board of Wrexham County Borough Council approved this Post Inspection Action Plan on 10 May 2011
              (to be inserted subject to approval by the Executive Board, prior to submission to Estyn)
                                                                             Introduction

 This Post Inspection Action Plan shows how the authority will meet the recommendations made by Estyn following the inspection of Wrexham Local
 Authority‟s Education Services for Children and Young People in November 2010.

 The Layout of the Post Inspection Action Plan

 The action plan takes the form of a set of tables using a common template, with a table for each recommendation (R) and each additional action (A).
 The recommendations are as stated in the inspection report. The additional actions relate to the areas for improvement identified in the report that are
 not included in the recommendations.

 There is a summary of the recommendations and additional actions on the next page. This summary shows the lead officers responsible for action
 relating to each recommendation and area for improvement.

 Each table has a set of objectives or areas for improvement related to the recommendation. These objectives or areas for improvement are the means
 of knowing that the actions outlined in each recommendation have been achieved by the specific dates mentioned. These objectives are quantitative
 or qualitative as appropriate.

 Comments from the inspection report relevant to each recommendation or area for improvement have been included.

 The tables are broken down into columns that identify:

  Reference number                  Action               Objective/ Improvement             Lead officer   Monitored by      Resource    Target     Joint Plan
                                                                                                                                          date      Outcome
This is to aid tracking      Action to be taken   Quantitative or qualitative outcome       Officer            Officer       Funding    Date        Joint Plan
throughout the                                                                          responsible for    responsible for   and        completed   Outcome
monitoring process.                                                                         action           monitoring      source     by           Number
This reference number
contains the
recommendation
number from the
inspection report and a
letter identifier for each
element of the
recommendation or
action




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Monitoring and evaluating progress in implementing the PIAP

Members and officers will monitor and evaluate progress in implementing the plan:

Strategic and Performance Director and Senior Management             Half termly                              Agenda item for Senior Management
Team                                                                                                          Team meeting
Head of Lifelong Learning and Heads of Service                       Half termly                              Agenda item for Departmental
                                                                                                              Management Team
Head of Lifelong Learning will provide the Council with quarterly    Quarterly                                WCBC quarterly monitoring programme
monitoring reports
Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee                         Six monthly: 16 November 2011, May       Progress reports to Children and Young
                                                                     2012                                     People Scrutiny Committee
The Executive Board                                                  To approve the plan: 10 May 2011
                                                                     To receive annual report : Spring 2012   Progress reports to the Executive Board

The PIAP and progress reports will also be provided for:

Primary Heads Federation (PHF) and                                   Six monthly                              Agenda item for PHF and WASH
Wrexham Association of Secondary Headteachers (WASH)                                                          meeting
The Strategic Co-ordinating Groups (SCoGs) of the Children and       Six monthly                              Agenda item for SCoGs meetings
Young People‟s Framework Partnership
The LA and School Effectiveness Steering Group                       Six monthly                              Agenda item for meeting

Estyn District Inspector                                             Termly                                   Agenda item for termly visit to the local
                                                                                                              authority

The table below will be used to track progress. The Head of Service 0-8 has designated management responsibility for progress reports. Two
Performance Development Officers provide designated support for the process of tracking progress. Where progress falls behind, exception reports will
be produced to provide an explanation for the slippage and action to remedy the situation will be put in place.

Reference number                  Outcome                    Lead officer     Monitored by   Target date          Comments on Progress
R1 a
R1 b
Etc




The PIAP is an integral part of Wrexham‟s Joint Plan which encompasses the Health, Social Care and Well-being Strategy and the Children and Young
People‟s Plan 2011-14.

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Recommendations (R) and Additional Actions (A)                                                                                         Lead officer

R1    Clarify the objectives for education within the council‟s priorities and reflect these within its plans                         ML
R2    Make sure the roles of executive board and scrutiny support effective decision making to improve services to children and       MJ
      young people
R3    Improve the quality and consistency of evaluation of services to better inform planning                                         ML
R4    Develop consistent arrangements for reporting performance in education services and across the Children and Young               ML
      People‟s Partnership
R5    Reduce surplus places in secondary schools in line with the council‟s realigned strategy for school reorganisation              DI
R6    Improve the effectiveness of arrangements to tackle secondary school budget deficits                                            RE

A1    Improve the opportunities for young people to gain accreditation in informal and non-formal settings.                           DD
A2    Involve the Senedd fully in council strategic planning and in the scrutiny process                                              DD
A3    Ensure that Welsh language development is well-represented in the Senedd‟s action plan and membership                           DD
A4    Ensure that all feedback to schools include issues relevant to leadership and management                                        HH NW VB
A5    Provide moderation of teacher assessment in the core subjects to improve accuracy and consistency at the end of each key        HH NW
      stage, with a focus on key stages 1 and 2
A6    Improve the system for collating, evaluating and using data on the performance of pupils with additional learning needs to      GE
      improve strategic planning of provision
A7    Improve the strategic collaboration between Inclusion and School Effectiveness teams to improve outcomes of pupils with         GE with HH
      ALN                                                                                                                             NW VB
A8    Put a protocol in place for the assessment of learning needs of looked after children before they are placed in out of county   GE
      schools so as to be able to monitor progress
A9    Ensure that outcomes of initiatives to support vulnerable learners are evaluated and that outcome information is used to        GE
      target provision and support
A10   Refine and implement the plan to reduce fixed term exclusions                                                                   GE
A11   Draw up strategic plan for the future of the pupil referral units, including the Key Stage 4 pupil referral unit                GE
A12   Map priorities, provision and costs of youth support services                                                                   DD
A13   Make sure that sixth form provision provides value for money                                                                    JD
A14   Identify resource implications in the Joint Plan                                                                                ML with RE


                            There are structure charts and names of staff and their posts at the end of this plan.




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R1          Clarify the objectives for education within the council’s priorities and reflect these within its plans

The report says:
            There is not enough clarity about the authority’s priorities for education.
            Links between plans at various levels are not always clear enough to help officers in their work to drive service improvements
            The authority’s vision for its education services is not stated as clearly as it could be in some key plans. For example, references in the
              Community Strategy, the Council Plan and the current Children and Young People’s plan are too broad. However, the proposed joint Children
              and Young People’s and Health, Social Care and Wellbeing plan provides a strong focus for delivering the authority’s and partners’ priorities. In
              addition, the new structure of the Children and Young People Service gives clear reporting lines and accountabilities.
            The Council has agreed the ‘Better Education and Skills for Employment’ project as one of its priorities. It has identified a small amount of
              funding for this. However, the project has too narrow a focus and the authority has not currently identified other aspects of education services in
              its main priorities.

Reference                     Action                            Objective/ Improvement            Lead officer    Monitored by     Resource     Target    Joint Plan
 number                                                                                                                                          date     Outcome
R1a          Members and officers ensure that the        The Joint Plan has clear educational         ML               JD          Existing   March        1,3 & 4
             priorities and objectives for education     priorities and objectives to measure                                                 2011
             are clearly stated in the Joint Plan        progress and improvement.
             2011-14 and are the right ones to
             improve educational provision,              Links between the Joint Plan and                                                     Sept
             achievement and wellbeing.                  service plans and performance                                                        2011
                                                         indictors are clear
R1b          Cross CYPS Workshop agrees the              An agreed vision statement and               ML               JD          Existing   March        1,3 & 4
             vision and education priorities for the     educational priorities inform planning                                               2011
             CYP service                                 at all levels
R1c          Members review the current Council          The Council education priorities and         JD               CF          Existing   Sept 2011    1,3 & 4
             Education priority and agree a wider        objectives are clearly stated in the
             range of Council priorities for             Community Strategy, the Council Plan                    Executive Board
             education services.                         and the Joint Plan. These plans link
                                                         together coherently and drive service
                                                         improvements.
R1d          Work with stakeholders through the          A set of objectives to achieve the           ML               CF          Existing   Sept 2011    1,3 & 4
             Children and Young Peoples                  Joint Plan outcomes are known,
             Partnership to deliver the priorities and   understood and worked towards
             achieve the objectives of the Joint         consistently within the council and
             Plan.                                       across partner agencies.




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R2          Make sure the roles of executive board and scrutiny support effective decision making to improve services to children and
            young people

The report says:
            Elected members and senior officers have good working relationships and engage well in a range of partnerships;
            Elected members have taken difficult decisions, such as the revised transport policy which seeks to remove inequalities and inconsistencies.
              However, there is more work to do on other important education policies, such as reducing surplus places and ensuring that sixth form
              provision offers value for money.
            Scrutiny holds officers to account well. There is a need to hold portfolio members more effectively to account for the work of their service.
            The Local Service Board is appropriately developing its work in line with the priorities of the Community Strategy.

Reference                  Action                          Objective/ Improvement            Lead officer    Monitored by   Resource      Target    Joint Plan
 number                                                                                                                                    date      Outcome
R2 a        Undertake a series of Member, Officer   Members and Officers agree the                MJ              CF        Existing    April -     n/a
            and joint Member/Officer workshops to   strengths and weaknesses of the                                         resources   October
            consider findings of the Estyn          current roles of the executive board                          AR                    2011
            Inspection, WAO Report and Peer         and scrutiny
            Review.

            Receive WAO presentation on existing    There is a good understanding of a                                                  13 April
            good practice                           range of different practices and                                                    2011
                                                    alternative/innovative governance
                                                    arrangements.

            Research queries arising from           Members are provided with the                                                       Feb 2012
            workshops. Identify and explore         evidence and given the opportunity to
            alternative ways of working (both in    consider changes to the roles of the
            England and Wales) that are seen as     Executive Board and the Scrutiny
            good practice, using WAO proposals      function that would make decision
            and WLGA/LGA knowledge as a basis       making more effective.


R2c         Any proposals arising from the review    To allow the new Council (following    TBD             TBD             TBD         June 2012   n/a
            to be considered formally by Members     the May 2012 elections) to consider
                                                     proposals



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R3     Improve the quality and consistency of evaluation of services to better inform planning

The report says:
            There is an increasing emphasis on self-evaluation
            Most individual services do not evaluate outcomes consistently enough to target support effectively
            Officers and teams regularly evaluate their work. The school effectiveness service uses performance data and external challenge well to
              improve provision. However, the quality of evaluation is not consistent across other services and a few do not evaluate the impact of training
              and initiatives consistently enough.
            Access to youth support services and to young people’s entitlements is satisfactory. Current work gives a good foundation for improvement.
              However, the authority and the Children and Young People’s Partnership do not yet have enough information on provision to help them
              evaluate how well the services meet the needs of young people.
            The authority was very late in providing a self-evaluation report for Estyn
            The authority has not sufficiently evaluated the effectiveness of its use of resources to make sure it achieves best value

 Reference                  Action                         Objective/ Improvement              Lead officer     Monitored by   Resource    Target     Joint Plan
  number                                                                                                                                    date      Outcome
R3a            Cross CYP Service workshop to       A reporting system that provides an             ML               CF         Existing   June        1-4, 7 and
               review and agree performance        overall picture of progress and                                                        2011             8
               reporting arrangements and to       outcomes against the Council Priorities                      CYPFWPB
               agree consistent arrangements for   and the priorities of the Joint Plan.
               self-evaluation.                                                                                 CYPS DMT
                                                                                                   ML
R3b            Cross CYP Training Programme        Self-evaluation embedded as part of             DI               JD         Existing   Completed      n/a
               on self-evaluation, measuring       service planning and reviews                                                           by March
               impact and value for money                                                                                                 2012
R3c            An agreed timetable of service      Self-evaluation embedded as part of             ML               CF         Existing   Completed      n/a
               reviews to develop robust self-     service planning and reviews                                                           by July
               evaluation arrangements and                                                                                                2012
               performance reporting.
R3d            Implement an annual cross-          Timetable of cross-service annual               ML               CF         Existing   Sept        1-4, 7 and
               service programme of self-          evaluation and performance reporting                                                   2011,            8
               evaluation and performance          agreed and in place that harmonises                          CYPFWPB                   then on-
               reporting                           existing arrangements such as the                                                      going
                                                   ACRF                                                         CYPS DMT
R3e            Annually Review:                    All service plan are consistently high    Heads of Service      ML          Existing   Existing    1-4, 7 and
                    Service Improvement           quality and outcome-focused and                                                        annual           8
                       Plans (SIPs)                enable officers to manage service                                                      cycle for
                                                   improvement and service                                                                SIPs
                                                   commissioning.




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   Contracts with                  Contract Lead      P & SC DMT    June
    Commissioned Services              Officer         and LLL DMT   2011 for
                                                                     Cymorth
                                   Contracts Officer                 contracts.

                                                                     March
                                                                     2012 for
                                                                     RSG
                                                                     funded
                                                                     contracts

   Progress in implementing             ML               CF         March
    the Joint Plan and                                 CYPFWPB       2012,
    outcomes against targets                           CYPS DMT      and then
                                                                     annually




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R4     Develop consistent arrangements for reporting performance in education services and across the Children and Young People’s
       Partnership

The report says:
            There is not a clear shared overview of performance across the authority
            Performance monitoring, reporting and planning for improvement are not always consistent. There is not a clearly understood system of
              monitoring and reporting to give the authority and the Partnership an effective overview of progress and impact of services.
            The new structure of the Children and Young People Service gives clear reporting lines and accountabilities
            Performance reporting is rather disjointed across the authority’s services and Children and Young People’s Partnership. The result is that the
              different reporting systems do not provide an overall picture of progress against council and partnership priorities.

 Reference                 Action                          Objective/ Improvement             Lead officer   Monitored by   Resource     Target     Joint Plan
  number                                                                                                                                  date      Outcome
R4a          Cross CYP Service workshop to         A reporting system that provides an            ML             CF         Existing   June         1-4, 7 and
             review and agree performance          overall picture of progress against the                                             2011              8
(see also    reporting arrangements and to agree   Council Priorities and the priorities of                  CYPFWPB
R3 above)    consistent arrangements for self-     the Joint Plan.
             evaluation.                                                                                     CYPS DMT
                                                   An agreed timetable of service reviews
                                                   to focus on developing robust self-
                                                   evaluation arrangements and cross
                                                   service evaluation and performance.
R4b          Review and agree programme for        Improved consistency and clarity in the        JD             CF         Existing   Sept 2011
             reporting performance in education    regular reporting of performance to
             services with Children and Young      members to assist in the council‟s
             People Scrutiny Committee and         planning and decision making.
             Executive Board
R4c          Implement an annual cross-service     Timetable of cross-service annual              ML             CF         Existing   Sept         1-4, 7 and
             programme of self-evaluation and      evaluation and performance reporting                                                2011, then        8
             performance reporting                 agreed and in place that harmonises                       CYPFWPB                   ongoing
                                                   existing self-evaluation and
                                                   performance reporting arrangements                        CYPS DMT
                                                   such as the ACRF.
R4d          Undertake Joint Results Based         Results Based Accountability is                ML             CF         Existing   May 2011     1-4, 7 and
             Accountability Training with          embedded in planning and                                                                              8
             CYPFWP and HSCWBS Support             implementation of services.
             Officers
                                                   Report Cards are developed to report
                                                   on progress against the outcomes of
                                                   the Joint Plan.



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R4e   Develop and use Report Cards to   We are able to report the extent to      ML     CF       Existing   Sept         1-4, 7 and
      report on progress against the    which outcomes are being achieved in                                2011, then        8
      outcomes of the Joint plan.       an accessible and succinct way as part        CYPFWPB               ongoing
                                        of monitoring, evaluation and
                                        improvement planning.                         CYPS DMT




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R5     Reduce surplus places in secondary schools in line with the council’s realigned strategy for school reorganisation

The report says:
            The authority has not made enough progress in reducing surplus places
            The authority has made good progress in reducing the number of surplus places in the primary sector. However, progress in the secondary
              sector is currently too slow and as a result, surplus places in secondary schools are the second highest of all Welsh authorities.
            Elected members have taken difficult decisions, such as the revised transport policy which seeks to remove inequalities and inconsistencies.
              However, there is more work to do on other important education policies, such as reducing surplus places.

Reference                   Action                          Objective/ Improvement             Lead officer    Monitored by     Resource     Target      Joint Plan
 number                                                                                                                                        date      Outcome
R5a         Develop a comprehensive data pack        Data for Area Reviews by officers and       DI / RD            CF          Existing:   April 2011       4
            for individual schools, to include       members is complete, current and                               JD          Approx
                                                                                                                 st
            performance measures, capacity           sufficient.                                               21 Century       £8,000
            (current and forecast), condition,                                                                Schools Project   software
            suitability and development potential.   Ability to model the impact of changes                       Board         with an
                                                     at one establishment on others in the                                      annual
                                                     local area.                                                                support
                                                                                                                                charge of
                                                                                                                                £4,500.
R5b         Subject to WAG decision on the           Updated information on spare capacity       DI/RD              CF          Existing    May -            4
            delivery of English-medium post-16       to be provided for Members and taken                           JD                      December
                                                                                                                 st
            education in Wrexham, consider the       into account in the Area Reviews listed                   21 Century                   2011
            impact of any changes to the delivery    in R5d below.                                            Schools Project
            of post 16 English-medium provision                                                                   Board
            on spare places in South Wrexham.
R5c         Carry out a comprehensive review of      The future configuration of education         DI               CF          Area        March            4
            the town centre schools in order to      in the Town Centre is developed.                               JD          Reviews     2012
                                    st                                                                           st
            inform Band B of the 21 Century                                                                    21 Century       funded
            Schools programme.                       The outcome of the review to inform a                    Schools Project   from
            Ensure wide stakeholder consultation.    more detailed programme of works                             Board         revenue
                                                     and associated costings to inform the                                      savings
                                                                         st
                                                     OBC stage of the 21 Century Schools                                        from
                                                     programme.                                                                 school
                                                                                                                                amalgama
                                                     In the process, plan to eliminate at                                       tions.
                                                     least 200 surplus secondary school
                                                     places




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R5d   Further Area Reviews of schools in        The future configuration of education     DI         CF          As Above    March       4
      other clusters to take place:-            in the wider County Borough will have                JD                      2013
                                                                                                  st
          1. Ruabon, Dinas Bran and             been developed.                                 21 Century                   March
               Grango                                                                          Schools Project               2014
          2. Bryn Alyn and Darland              The outcome of the Area Reviews to                 Board                     March
          3. Maelor                             inform a more detailed programme of                                          2015
                                                works and associated costings and will
      In 1 and 3, consideration will be given   inform the OBC stage of later bands of
                                                      st
      to the impact of any changes to the       the 21 Century Schools programme.
      delivery of post 16 English-medium
      provision on spare places in South        In the process, plan to eliminate a
      Wrexham. See R5b above                    further 200 surplus secondary school
                                                places
                   st
R5e   Subject to 21 Century Schools             There will be additional primary school   DI         CF          Est.        Est. 2016   4
      funding, carry out capital works in       places to accommodate increasing                     JD          £80m.       -2018
                                                                                                  st
      order to deliver the vision for           demand in the English and Welsh                 21 Century       70%         Based on
      education in the Town Centre.             medium primary schools as well as for          Schools Project   funded by   current
                                                                                                                   st
                                                faith based education.                             Board         21          understan
                                                Schools will have buildings which                                Century     ding of
                                                support teaching and learning in the                             Schools     timetable
                                                   st
                                                21 Century.                                                      Programme

                                                There will be at least 200 fewer
                                                secondary school places though future
                                                demand will be considered.
                   st
R5f   Subject to 21 Century Schools             There will be additional primary school   DI         CF          Est. £97m   Est. 2019   4
      funding, carry out capital works in       places to accommodate increasing                     JD          – 70%       -2025
                                                                                                  st
      order to deliver the vision for           demand in the English and Welsh                 21 Century       funded by   Based on
                                                                                                                   st
      education in other clusters:-             medium primary schools as well as for          Schools Project   21          current
          1. Ruabon, Dinas Bran and             faith based education.                             Board         Century     understan
               Grango                           Schools will have buildings which                                Schools     ding of
          2. Bryn Alyn and Darland              support teaching and learning in the                             Programme   timetable
                                                   st
          3. Maelor                             21 Century.

                                                There will be at least 200 fewer
                                                secondary school places though future
                                                demand will be considered




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R6     Improve the effectiveness of arrangements to tackle secondary school budget deficits

The report says:
            There are too many secondary schools with deficit budgets.
            The authority has successfully encouraged primary schools to reduce high budget surpluses. However, the special school and six of the nine
              secondary schools have deficit balances. The authority has put clear procedures in place to increase its monitoring and challenge to schools.

 Reference                    Action                          Objective/ Improvement             Lead officer   Monitored by   Resource       Target   Joint Plan
  number                                                                                                                                       date    Outcome
                                                                                                                                              th
R6a          Commission a detailed review of the       Potential sustainable savings                 RE             JD         £25k         30 April       4
             Schools‟ Delegated Budget to identify     identified.                                                 MSO         Commissi     2011
             sustainable savings with particular                                                                               oning Cost
             emphasis on school management &           Schools‟ engagement with the review.                                    & Officer
             administration                                                                                                    Time
                                                                                                                                              th
R6b          Financial scrutiny of schools‟ budget     School provides:                            RE/IR            JD         Existing     30 June        4
             plans                                      detailed explanation of reason for                        MSO                      2011
                                                           deficit.
                                                        detailed plan of actions required to
                                                           ensure in-year expenditure will
                                                           balance to annual budget
                                                           allocation
                                                        detailed plan of actions required to
                                                           repay the deficit within 3 years.
                                                        full projected budget plan for each
                                                           year of licensed deficit requested.
                                                                                                                                              th
R6c          Human Resources (HR) scrutiny of          School provides:                          Sue Robins         JD         Existing     30 July        4
             schools‟ action plans where there are      detailed proposal of changes                                                       2011
             proposed changes to employee                  required to employee numbers
             numbers and/or terms and conditions           and/or terms and conditions.
                                                        HR Link Officer to review and
                                                           advise on the timetable.
                                                        Head teacher and representatives
                                                           from the school Governing Body
                                                           liaise with HR Link Officer on a
                                                           regular basis to discuss school
                                                           restructuring.
                                                                                                                                              th
R6d          School Improvement Link Officer‟s         School Link Officer reviews and             NW/VB            JD         Existing     30 July        4
             scrutiny of the school‟s action plan in   approves the proposed restructuring                                                  2011
             schools where there is proposed           (curriculum and teacher plan) as
             school restructuring                      effective and efficient.



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R6e   Monthly Monitoring of school budgets   School provides and approves:                 IR/LC          JD/MSO/       Existing   On-going    4
                                              Monthly Income and Expenditure                           Head teacher/              from July
                                                Statements.                                              Reports to                2011
                                              Monthly full outturn projections for                    Governing Body
                                                schools with a licensed deficit
                                              Monthly monitoring report of
                                                proposed action plan items -
                                                detailing progress to date

                                             School Business Manager accesses           Head teacher
                                             the financial ledger to monitor and
                                             scrutinise expenditure on a regular
                                             basis.

                                             School Business Manager accesses
                                             the energy monitoring systems to
                                             monitor and scrutinise utility usage and
                                             costs on a regular basis.
                                                                                         IR/LC/SR
                                             School Business Manager utilises tools
                                             available (eg FMS) to record all
                                             committed expenditure and monitor
                                             against the budget on a regular basis.

                                             Head teacher and School Business
                                             Manager meet half-termly with Finance
                                             Link Officer to discuss budget
                                             monitoring.

                                             Finance Link Officer attends School
                                             Governing Body and/or Finance Sub
                                             Committee meetings termly.

                                             Head teacher, School Business
                                             Manager and representatives from the
                                             School Governing Body (including
                                             Chair of Finance sub-committee) meet
                                             termly with Finance and HR Link
                                             Officers to discuss budget monitoring
                                             and progress on the action plan.




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R6f   School Business Managers Training   School Business Managers attend                   IR/LC       JD/Head teacher   Existing   On-going    4
                                          termly Training Meeting with Finance                                                       from July
                                          Link Officers.                                                                             2011

                                          School Business Managers keep
                                          abreast of technical and financial
                                          issues.

                                          School Business Managers provide all
                                          up to date information for school
                                          projections to Finance Link Officers.
R6g   E-procurement                       e-Trading for Secondary Schools                   IR/LC          RE/MSO         Existing   July 2011   4
                                          implemented.

                                          Secondary Schools use the web-based
                                          system to source and order goods.
R6h   Identification and review of Good   Statistical analysis of pupil to staff ratio   Gareth Moore         RE          Existing   March       4
      Practice                            produced.                                                                                  2012
                                                                                            IR/LC
                                          Statistical financial analysis of costs
                                          per school produced.

                                          Good practice examples shared with
                                          and discussed at WASH meetings.




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      Additional (A) actions identified from the report:

Standards/ Promoting Social inclusion and wellbeing

A1          Improve the opportunities for young people to gain accreditation in informal and non-formal settings.

The report says:
            Few young people gain accreditation in informal and non-formal settings
            Young people do not have enough opportunities to gain qualifications in non-formal and informal settings.

 Reference                    Action                          Objective/ Improvement           Lead officer   Monitored by   Resource    Target    Joint Plan
  number                                                                                                                                  date     Outcome
A1a            Provide further opportunities to       Increased options for young people         JT/DD            DD         Youth      Dec 2011    3 and 4
               convert current accreditation                                                                                 Service
               opportunities into more formal         More young people gaining formal
               qualifications both within and         qualifications
               outside of school settings.
A1b            Deliver two courses of Level 2         20 young people achieving the              JT/ DD           DD         Youth      Dec 2011    3 and 4
               Award in Youth Work                    qualification                                                          Service
                                                      20% of completers progressing to Level                                 and Yale
                                                      3 Award                                                                College
A1c            Develop a directory of accreditation   Increased numbers of young people          JT/ LW           DD         Youth      Dec 2011    3 and 4
               opportunities and publish on Young     accessing accreditation opportunities                                  Service
               Wrexham                                and information on accreditation


A1d            Continue to work with Youth            A further six organisations achieving    Jenny Jones        DD         AVOW       Dec 2011    3 and 4
               Support Services via the Quality       the Quality Award.                         (AVOW)
               Award to promote and develop
               further opportunities for
               accreditation of activities offered.




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Wellbeing

A2           Involve the Senedd fully in council strategic planning and in the scrutiny process.

The report says:
            Young people’s contribution to local authority decision making is improving as a result of the development of the Senedd Yr Ifanc. However, the
              Senedd is not yet fully involved in council strategic planning or in the scrutiny process.

 Reference                     Action                           Objective/ Improvement             Lead officer    Monitored by   Resource     Target   Joint Plan
  number                                                                                                                                        date    Outcome
A2a           Develop the work plan of the Senedd        Minutes of local authority committees       JT and            DD         Cymorth    Sept 11        3
              to include, specifically, the means for    and panels show the contribution of       Participation
              the Senedd to be fully involved in         Senedd members and demonstrate              Officer
              strategic planning and the scrutiny        stronger links and influence in Council
              process                                    strategic planning

A2b           Recruit to the new role of Participation   The Senedd will be able to                JT and DD           DD         Youth      Sept 11        3
              Co-ordinator to support the                demonstrate its influence on decision-                                   Service
              development of the Big P across            making within the Council and beyond.
              Wrexham in both the statutory and
              voluntary sectors and take
              responsibility for the development and
              facilitation of the Senedd Yr Ifanc,
              ensuring the Senedd is embedded
              within Council decision making
              processes.




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Wellbeing

A3           Ensure that Welsh language development is well-represented in the Senedd’s action plan and membership.

The report says:
            Welsh language development is under-represented within the Senedd’s action plan and membership.

 Reference                     Action                           Objective/ Improvement             Lead officer    Monitored by   Resource     Target   Joint Plan
  number                                                                                                                                        date    Outcome
A3a           Prioritise Welsh language development      Young people have opportunities to          JT and            DD         Cymorth    Sept 11        3
              opportunities in the work plan of the      develop their Welsh language skills at    Participation                  (at
              Senedd                                     a stage appropriate to their needs          Officer                      present)
A3b           Offer opportunities and encourage first    More members of the Senedd or               JT and            DD         As above   March          3
              language Welsh Speakers to stand for       associated groups are Welsh-speaking      Participation                             2012
              election to the Senedd Yr Ifanc or to be   and from Welsh-speaking communities.        Officer
              involved in school or area forums.
                                                         The aim is that the proportion of Welsh
                                                         speakers and young people from
                                                         Welsh-speaking communities on the
                                                         Senedd reflects the proportion of
                                                         Welsh speakers in Wrexham as a
                                                         whole.




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Support for School Improvement

A4           Ensure that all feedback to schools include issues relevant to leadership and management

The report says:
            Officers provide schools with helpful written feedback after visits to schools. These notes of visit indicate areas for development. However, they
              often focus on provision and do not always evaluate robustly enough the quality of leadership and management in schools.

 Reference                      Action                            Objective/ Improvement             Lead officer   Monitored by   Resource    Target      Joint Plan
  number                                                                                                                                         date      Outcome
A4a            Revise school visit form to record          Feedback to schools includes              LTAs / Link    HH/NW/VB       Officer    April 2011       4
               information and evaluation using            evaluation of quality and impact of        Officers                     time
               Estyn‟s three key questions to ensure       leadership and management and
               an equal focus on standards, quality of     action proposed.
               provision, and leadership and                                                                                                  Summer
               management .                                                                                                                   term 2011
                                                                                                                                              and on-
               Provide further training for officers and                                                                                      going
               advisers evaluating leadership and
               management and on evaluative
               writing.

               Heads of Service review and moderate
               reports and visits forms
A4b            Provide additional support and training     Feedback to schools evaluates the          LTAs / Link   HH/NW/VB       Officer    Summer           4
               for effective data analysis, pupil          quality of use of data for management     Officers/HOS                  time       term 2011
               tracking and self-evaluation for school     purposes by school staff and &                                                     and on-
               leadership teams and governors              governors                                                                          going
A4c            Quality Development Dialogue,               Feedback after visits to schools           LTAs / Link   HH/NW/VB       Officer    Summer           4
               especially in the autumn & summer           evaluates the quality of leadership and   Officers/HOS                  time       term 2011
               term, focuses on leadership &               management by staff & governors                                                    and on-
               management.                                                                                                                    going

               The Focus in the summer QDD will be
               on KQ 3, use of Cynnal‟s self-
               evaluation framework and SEP on-
               line.




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Support for School Improvement

A5          Provide moderation of teacher assessment in the core subjects to improve accuracy and consistency at the end of each key
            stage, with a focus on key stages 1 and 2
The report says:
            Teacher assessments of the core subjects at the end of each key stage are not moderated consistently enough to make sure that they
              accurately reflect pupils’ achievement, particularly in key stages 1 and 2.
Reference                    Action                           Objective/ Improvement               Lead officer   Monitored by   Resource       Target    Joint Plan
 number                                                                                                                                          date     Outcome
A5a          At Key Stage 1, train, support and          All Year 2 teachers receive                LT/EP            HH         FP Grant &   Spring          4
             guide Foundation Phase staff, in             additional training in assessing the                                   Officer      term 2011
             particular Year 2 teachers, during the       standards of pupils‟ work to                                           time
             transition period between assessment         improve the accuracy and
             by Key Stage 1 National Curriculum           consistency of assessment.
             levels and the new Foundation Phase         Standardisation and moderation of          LT/EP            HH                      Spring/
             Outcomes                                     KS1 assessments will take place in                                                  summer
                                                          each Cluster of primary schools.                                                    term 2011
                                                          The academic year 2010/11 will be
                                                          the final year that Year 2 pupils will
                                                          be assessed using End of Key
                                                          Stage 1 National Curriculum
                                                          assessment procedures.
                                                         Training for the implementation of         LT/EP            HH                      Spring
                                                          the new On-entry assessment                                                         term2011
                                                          procedures will take place from                                                     & on-
                                                          spring term 2011 onwards.                                                           going
A5b          All End of Foundation Phase                 Pupil tracking systems for children        LT/EP            HH         FP Grant &   Autumn          4
             Assessments from September 2011              from Flying Start (2 year olds)                                        Officer      2011& on-
             onwards will be using the new                through the Foundation Phase (3-7                                      time         going
             Foundation Phase Framework                   year olds) are developed based on
             Outcomes. The Welsh Assembly                 the new National Child
             Government is currently redrafting the       Development Profile.
             Foundation Phase Statutory                  Intensive Foundation Phase
             Assessment and Reporting                     Training Programme to support
             Arrangements (SARA) to reflect the           and improve the quality of 0 – 8
             new statutory assessment                     pedagogy and learning
             requirements                                 environments in schools and
                                                          funded non-maintained setting
A5c          At Key Stage 2, provide further             Headteachers agree attendees,            LTAs / Link        NW         SEG &        Spring/         4
             support for standardisation and              requirements and dates for                Officers                     Officer      summer
             moderation of teacher assessment to          standardisation in the core                                            time         term 2011
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      improve the accuracy and consistency         subjects to take place in the                                               and on-
      of assessment across schools.                autumn term in each school and                                              going
                                                   cluster of schools.
                                                 Headteachers to agree attendees,                                             Spring/
                                                   requirements and dates for                                                  summer
                                                   moderation in the core subjects                                             term 2011
                                                   towards the end of spring                                                   and on-
                                                   term/early summer term in each                                              going
                                                   school and cluster of schools.
                                                  Advisers will provide written                                               Spring/
                                                   advice, feedback and challenge to                                           summer
                                                   schools.                                                                    term 2011
                                                  Each cluster to have a moderated                                            and on-
                                                   portfolio of learner profiles in all                                        going
                                                   core subjects by the end of April
                                                   2012.
                                                  Assessment – standardisation,
                                                   moderation & curriculum planning
                                                   are standing items on cluster
                                                   meeting agendas.
                                                 All cluster transition plans to
                                                   include dates of the planned
                                                   standardisation and moderation
                                                   programme for the current
                                                   academic year which will
                                                   contribute to accurate teacher
                                                   assessment at KS2
                                                 Teacher assessment is more
                                                   robust and accurate.
A5d   Officers and advisers will evaluate the   Teacher assessment is externally          Lead advisers   HH   NW   Existing   Summer      4
      impact of actions above through           moderated and quality assured             designated by                        2011 and
      additional annual moderation exercise     annually to track improvements in           Heads of                           annually
      of samples of work from selected          consistency and accuracy.                    Service
      schools.




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Support for Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

A6          Improve the system for collating, evaluating and using data on the performance of pupils with additional learning needs to
             improve strategic planning of provision

The report says:
            The authority does not have an effective enough system for collating and evaluating data on the performance of pupils with additional learning
              needs. Schools hold good information on the progress made by individual pupils. However, officers do not have a coherent system to use this
              information well enough to evaluate the needs of all groups of pupils and plan provision strategically.

Reference                     Action                            Objective/ Improvement           Lead officer    Monitored by      Resource    Target     Joint Plan
 number                                                                                                                                         date      Outcome
A6a           Clearly define the range of data for       Appropriate set of reports developed        GE               JD           Existing   May 2011        4
              ALN which needs to be collated and         which clearly outline outcomes and
              evaluated                                  targets for pupils with ALN                                 MIS
A6b           Agree a timetable for the production of    Clarity on when data information            GE               JD           Existing   As above        4
              data reports which will inform reporting   reports will be produced and use            KK              DMT
              performance and improvement                made of reports to improve provision.                  Heads of Service
              planning.
A6c           Report regularly to DMT, Heads of          Improved tracking of pupil outcomes         GE               JD           Existing   By July         4
              Service meetings and elected                                                                                                    2011
              members on data relating to ALN pupil      Better deployment of staff, improved                        HOS
              performance and outcomes as part of        provision and resources to meet
              proposed new programme and                 identified need
              arrangements for reporting outcomes.
                                                         More focussed support which is
                                                         targeted based on performance of
                                                         ALN pupils and evidence of need
A6d           Revision of QDD process to use wider       Schools use data relating to ALN            HH               JD           Existing   By Easter       4
              range of data relating to pupils with      within their self evaluation work          NJW                                       2011
              ALN                                                                                    VB              HOS
                                                         Improved pupil learning by assisting        GE
                                                         schools and the local authority in
                                                         identifying individuals and groups of
                                                         learners who require additional
                                                         support and/or challenge




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A6e   Adoption of “Flintshire” model for        LA and schools are better able to         GE   JD    Existing   Pilot        4
      measuring the outcomes of learners        evaluate their effectiveness in meeting                         schools in
      with ALN as part of the All Wales pilot   needs of pupils with ALN                       HOS              summer
      to be rolled out under “Statements or                                                                     term 2011
      Something Better” initiative              LA is able to compare progress of
                                                pupils with similar needs in similar
      Include this information in the           settings to identify best practice
      Wrexham Guidance on Tracking Pupil
      Progress                                  LAs will be able to identify schools
                                                with best and least effective practice
                                                and intervene where necessary




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Support for Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

A7          Improve the strategic collaboration between Inclusion and School Effectiveness teams to improve outcomes of pupils with
             ALN

The report says:
            Inclusion and School Effectiveness teams do not collaborate strategically enough on how best to target resources and training in schools. This
              limits the authority’s capacity to impact on the outcomes of all pupils with additional learning needs.

Reference                    Action                           Objective/ Improvement               Lead officer   Monitored by   Resource     Target     Joint Plan
 number                                                                                                                                        date      Outcome
A7a          Inclusion and School Effectiveness       Greater strategic collaboration                  GE             JD         Existing   From April       4
             teams plan strategically together and    particularly relating to self-evaluation,        HH                                   2011
             adopt common and consistent working      use of data and tracking progress of             NW
             practices                                pupils of all abilities to focus resources       VB
                                                      where most needed to make
                                                      improvements.
A7b          Education Inclusion service to become    Improved channels of communication            As above          JD         Existing   From April       4
             integral part of new Lifelong Learning   between Inclusion & school                                                            2011
             department within Children‟s Services    effectiveness leading to a greater                             DMT
             under the Head of Department for         joined approach and increased
             Lifelong Learning                        collaboration
A7c          Greater sharing of data on pupil         More collaborative work                       As above          JD         Existing   From April       4
             performance between Inclusion &                                                                                                2011
             school effectiveness teams               Enhanced targeting of support for                              DMT         SEG
                                                      pupils with ALN
             The progress made by pupils with                                                                        HOS
             ALN, exclusions and attendance are       A more co-ordinated and holistic
             an integral part of the QDD monitoring   approach to support schools with
             process                                  meeting the needs of pupils with ALN

                                                      Pupils make optimum progress and
                                                      realise their potential
A7d          Integrate monitoring of inclusion        Targeting of resources to schools and         As above          JD         Existing   From April       4
             provision and outcomes within planned    pupils where there is most need                                                       2011
             joined-up working, including Training,                                                                  DMT         SEG
             QDD, Learning Walks and TSI funding      Development of a more Inclusive ethos
             and provision.                           in working with schools                                        HOS




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Support for Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

A8           Put a protocol in place for the assessment of learning needs of looked after children before they are placed in out of county
             schools so as to be able to monitor progress

The report says:
            There is no agreed protocol yet that ensures looked after children receive an assessment of their learning needs before being placed in out of
              county independent schools. As a result, the authority does not always have a clear picture of whether all such pupils are making the progress
              they should.

 Reference                     Action                           Objective/ Improvement              Lead officer   Monitored by    Resource     Target    Joint Plan
  number                                                                                                                                         date     Outcome
A8a           Devise a protocol for assessing the        Protocol developed and used for all out        GE              JD         Existing   July 2011       4
              achievement and learning needs of          of county placements to provide a                              SE
              looked after children prior to an out of   baseline against which to evaluate
              county placement                           progress                                                     Joint
                                                                                                                   Commissioning
                                                                                                                      Panel
A8b           Agree a process with colleagues in         Process agreed and protocol written,           GE             JD          Existing   April –         4
              schools, Social Care, Education            consulted on, agreed and implemented                          SE                     July 2011
              Inclusion Service and Education                                                      LAC Education
              Psychology to ensure that LAC pupils       LA has the means to monitor progress       Co-ordinator   LAC Education
              have up to date Personal Education         in line with expectations                                    Panel
              Plans which must include a recent
              assessment of prior attainment and
              learning needs.
A8c           All out of county placements to be         Improved decision making in placing            SE            JD/ SE       Existing   From Sept       4
              agreed by Joint Commissioning Panel.       children & young people out of county                                                2011
              Decisions to be informed by a full         placements that best meet their                GE             JCP
              record of the learner‟s prior attainment   learning needs
              and progress in Foundation Phase and                                                                  LAC Panel
              National Curriculum.                       Enhanced monitoring/tracking of pupil
                                                         progress when they are placed out of
                                                         county and value for money offered by
                                                         the provider




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Promoting social inclusion and wellbeing

A9          Ensure that outcomes of initiatives to support vulnerable learners are evaluated and that outcome information is used to
            target provision and support.

The report says:
            The authority has introduced a range of useful initiatives which support vulnerable learners well. However, officers do not evaluate outcomes
              enough to target provision effectively.

Reference                     Action                             Objective/ Improvement             Lead officer   Monitored by   Resource      Target     Joint Plan
 number                                                                                                                                          date      Outcome
A9a          The majority of initiatives to support       Intervention and support is targeted at       GE             JD         MEAG        From April       4
             vulnerable learners e.g. Play Therapy        the greatest need                                                       Grant       2011
             pilot, Elklan training, Inclusive schools
             training, EAL training are evaluated         Evaluation will ensure that there is a                                  Traveller
             and very much targeted at need.              clearer focus on what the important                                     Grant
                                                          priorities are for pupils with ALN
             In future all initiatives will have                                                                                  SEG
             evaluation as a key element and this         Support will be more focused building
             will be central to the future targeting of   upon the evaluation of outcomes form
             provision and support (see below).           initiatives

A9b          Improve the collection and analysis of       Use of data to inform future provision        GE             JD         Existing    From April       4
             data in terms of vulnerable groups –         and support                                                                         2011
             EAL, Travellers, FSM, SEN, ALN, LAC                                                       MIS
             – to ascertain the impact of specific        Identification of good practice which
             initiatives on these groups of learners.     can then be shared with other schools
                                                          (eg. EAL Forum)

A9c          Monitor the progress of vulnerable           Vulnerable groups of learners improve         GE             JD         Existing    KS1 – 3          4
             groups of learners                           their performance in line with their                                                Sept 2011
             Report on outcomes of these groups           potential
             annually as an integral part of the          The performance gap between these                                                   KS4 - 5
             „Standards‟ reports for the Executive        groups of learners and their peers is                                               December
             Board and the Scrutiny Committee.            narrowed.                                                                           2011




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Promoting social inclusion and wellbeing

A10         Refine and implement the plan to reduce fixed term exclusions

The report says:
            The rate of fixed term exclusions is still too high.
            There is good support for those pupils whose behaviour impedes their learning. Schools and officers work well together to reduce permanent
              exclusion and learners receive appropriate support to return to learning after exclusion. However, these initiatives have not yet had enough
              impact on reducing fixed-term exclusions.

Reference                     Action                            Objective/ Improvement               Lead officer    Monitored by   Resource       Target    Joint Plan
 number                                                                                                                                             date     Outcome
A10a         Take immediate action to reduce fixed      Reduce the percentage of fixed term              GE              JD         Existing     January         4
             term exclusions                            exclusions by at least 10% annually                                                      2011
A10b         Review and strengthen the Authority‟s      Improve the impact of initiatives aimed          GE              JD         Base         May 2011        4
             Behaviour Support Plan to ensure that      at reducing fixed term exclusions and                                       budget
             proposed action is robust enough to        target support and challenge to
             reduce fixed term exclusions               schools and PRUs where exclusions
                                                        are not reducing fast enough
A10c         Review how effectively PRUs, the           More effective mechanisms in place to            GE              JD         As above     From Jan.       4
             Behaviour Support Service and the          support pupils and schools                                                               2011
             Behaviour Panels are reducing fixed
             term exclusions                            Greater flexibility in meeting the needs
                                                        of pupils with behavioural difficulties
A10d         Update and revise the protocol for the     More effective process in place to               GE              JD         None          June           4
             managed transfers of pupils with           provide a quicker more responsive                                                        2011
             behavioural difficulties                   approach leading to fewer exclusions             TJ
A10e         Build upon the successes of the            Support for schools and pupils from              GE              JD         Existing     Sept 2011       4
             “Unlocking the Potential of Special        expertise within St Christopher‟s                                           resources(
             Schools” project in relation to reducing   school and greater access to and use       Headteacher: St                  WAG
             exclusions                                 of their resources and opportunities to     Christopher‟s                   grant ends
                                                        address causes of exclusions                  School                        in 2011)
A10f         Develop a more targeted and focussed       Delivery of Incredible Years training to         GE              JD         WAG pilot    April           4
             training programme aimed particularly      school staff and support agencies                TJ                         grants       2011
             at early intervention
                                                        Further training in Play Therapy
                                                        techniques (to all primary schools)




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Promoting social inclusion and wellbeing

A11          Draw up strategic plan for the future of the pupil referral units, including the Key Stage 4 pupil referral unit

The report says:
            Effective joint work between the pupil referral units and others enables pupils to experience a good range of options at college and with local
              employers. The authority does not yet have a clear strategic plan for the future of these units, including the key stage 4 pupil referral unit.

 Reference                     Action                           Objective/ Improvement             Lead officer   Monitored by   Resource      Target    Joint Plan
  number                                                                                                                                        date     Outcome
A11a          Develop an appropriate model for the       PRU provision in place which better           GE             JD         Existing    Complete        4
              future provision of Pupil Referral Units   meets the needs of pupils who are not                                   PRU         by July
              to:                                        attending mainstream secondary                              PRU         resources   2011
               improve provision                        schools regularly and which provides                     Management
               reduce exclusions                        qualifications and pathways to                           committees
               reduce out-of-county placements          continuing education and/or training in
                                                         Wrexham.
A11b          Consult with secondary                     Results of consultation developed into        GE             JD         none        June 2011       4
              headteachers(WASH) on proposed             proposed revised models of provision
              models for future PRU provision                                                                       WASH
A11c          Report to Elected Members on future        Submit Report to Scrutiny Committee           GE            JD          none        July 2011       4
              proposals regarding PRUs
A11d          Provide an alternative model to meet       New model in Place for Project X1             GE             JD         Existing    Sept.           4
              the needs of pupils in Year 11 who are     which better meets need and ensures                                     resources   2011
              excluded from school or disaffected        a positive transition into further
                                                         education, employment or training




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Promoting social inclusion and wellbeing/ Quality improvement

A12         Map priorities, provision and costs of youth support services

The report says:
            Targeted provision has improved young people’s access to youth support services such as counselling, information provision, support for
              substance abuse and relationship support. However, progress in mapping provision and costs is too slow.
            The authority has made appropriate progress in meeting recommendations from previous inspections including improving standards of
              attainment at key stage 4. However, progress has been too slow in a few areas. For example, a recommendation to identify priorities and costs
              for youth support services in the Partnership Plan has not been completed.

Reference                     Action                         Objective/ Improvement           Lead officer   Monitored by    Resource       Target     Joint Plan
 number                                                                                                                                      date      Outcome
A12a         Complete the TRACK exercise and          Comprehensive picture of Youth               LW            DD         existing and   May 2011        3
             personal support (14-19) mapping         Support Services available within        Information                  some
                                                      school and outside of school hours.     Management                    Families
                                                                                                TF group                    First grant
A12b         Identify priorities and costs of Youth   Clear understanding of the costs of          DD            JD         existing       Summer         1-5
             Service within the Joint Plan            the youth service                                                                    Term
                                                                                                                                           2011
             Agree performance indicator to           Improved targeting of resources on
             measure achievement and impact of        priorities and improved evaluation of
             services in priority areas               outcomes and value or money.
A12c         Complete the review of Cymorth           More targeted work commissioned to          DD            JD          existing       June 2011      1-9
             funded projects and ensure that the      tackle child poverty                                   CYPFWPB
             implications for YSS in Wrexham are
             known and fully understood               Better value for money and improved
                                                      outcomes


A12d         Make use of geo-maping work              Greater awareness of need and             DD/ LH           JD         existing       June 2011       3
             undertaken to map YSS and Play           improved targeting of resources on
             provision across county against          evidence of need
             population levels, and other
             demographic factors                      More targeted deployment of youth
                                                      support service




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Summary/Access and school places/ Leadership

A13         Make sure that sixth form provision provides value for money

The report says:
            The authority has not made enough progress in making sure that sixth form provision provides value for money;
            The local authority has appropriately considered its post-16 transformation plan to address small uneconomic sixth-form provision in a few
              schools. Officers strongly recommended an option for full tertiary provision at the further education college. Elected members chose a different
              option based on a sixth-form consortium. The authority has not yet addressed inefficiencies in sixth-form provision identified in a previous Estyn
              inspection of 14-19 provision.
            Elected members have taken difficult decisions, such as the revised transport policy which seeks to remove inequalities and inconsistencies.
              However, there is more work to do on other important education policies, such as …ensuring that sixth form provision offers value for money.

Background:

In November 2010, the Chief Learning and Achievement Officer, as the authority‟s Statutory Education Officer, asked members of the Executive Board of Wrexham County
Borough Council to consider and approve full tertiary provision at Yale College as the preferred option to be developed into a full proposal in a Strategic Outline Case (SOC) for
the Welsh Assembly Government. Although all the options had advantages, officers considered that Option 4 provided the most benefits to learners and best met the cost
effectiveness, long term sustainability and financial benefits as described in „Delivering Skills that Work for Wales‟.

Members voted against the recommendation to approve Option 4 by 5 votes to 3 and resolved that Option 1 (a sixth form consortium) be approved as the Council's preferred
option for the purpose of developing a SOC for consideration by the Welsh Assembly Government. Their reasons were that: the approved Option, unlike Option 4, offers
learners a choice of learning environment, putting learner and parental choice above all other considerations; Option 4 gave inadequate consideration to the risks associated
with cross-border migration of post-16 learners; to do what is best for the local communities. The Wrexham Learning Partnership Board (LPB) is similarly unable to reach a
consensus on a preferred option.

In this context, in December 2010, the Welsh Assembly Government requested that that the SOC should consider fully all options before proceeding to a short list of options.
WAG commissioned CPC to work with the authority to complete the SOC on this basis. The SOC evaluates the relative advantages, disadvantages and risks of all models and
identifies a sixth form consortium (full collaboration) as a „possible‟ model and full tertiary provision as the „preferred‟ model.

The SOC does not seek additional monetary investment. In line with the Welsh Assembly Government‟s (WAG) directive in the Ministerial Forward to „Transformation – Y
Siwrnai, Transforming Education and Training Provision in Wales (November 2009), it considers models for post-16 education and training that could achieve and improve
quality, effectiveness and efficiency through reducing unnecessary duplication of provision and by increasing levels of collaborative planning and delivery either through a sixth
from consortium (Option 1) or through full tertiary provision .




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 Reference                   Action                           Objective/ Improvement     Lead officer    Monitored by    Resource        Target    Joint Plan
  number                                                                                                                                  date     Outcome
A13a         CPC and LPB Officers complete            Accepted without amendment           Dilnaz            JD          £5,000        5 April         4
             Strategic Outline Case and submitted                                        Khambata                        funding for   2011
             to DCELLS for evaluation                                                      (CPC)        Bob Lamb (CPC)   SOC
                                                                                             AH                          preparatio
                                                                                         Jo Tincello                     n from
                                                                                                                         DCELLS
A13b         LA receives DCELLS oral feedback         Preferred option identified            JD              CF          n/a           Mid May         4
             and written evaluation of SOC                                                                                             2011
A13c         Executive Board considers DCELLS         Preferred option approved              JD              CF          n/a           June            4
             evaluation of SOC                                                                                                         2011
A13d         If Option 1 is DCELLS preferred model,   Preferred option approved              JD              CF          n/a           June 2011       4
             then collaboration proceeds as defined
             in SOC, possibly amended in line with
             any additional DCELLS
             recommendations. If Option 4 is the
             preferred model, the Executive Board
             may be asked to reconsider their
             recommendation of 2 November 2010.
A13e         If Option 4 is approved by members,                                             JD              CF          n/a           TBD             4
             proceed to statutory consultation to
             close school sixth forms
A13f         If Option 4 is not approved by                                                  JD              CF          n/a           TBD             4
             members, the LA will follow WAG
             direction




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Partnership Working

A14         Identify resource implications in the Joint Plan

The report says:
            The Partnership has been slow in identifying resource implications since the last inspection, and these are not included in the draft joint plan.
              There are plans to include further details following consultation on the plan.

Reference                    Action                         Objective/ Improvement              Lead officer   Monitored by   Resource      Target     Joint Plan
 number                                                                                                                                      date         Ref.

A15a         Identify resources used to fund        Service managers identify activities            RE             MO         Existing    March           n/a
             activities undertaken to achieve the   undertaken to achieve the priorities in                                               2012
             priorities in the Joint Plan.          the Joint Plan

                                                    CYP Finance identify the resources
                                                    used to fund the above activities

                                                    Planning for the Joint Plan will identify
                                                    costs and sources of funding for
                                                    priorities.
A15b         Complete Review of Cymorth Funded      The resource implications of the Joint          ML             CF         Existing    June 2011       1-9
             Projects against the Families First    plan are known and understood.
             Criteria

             Complete Broader Service Mapping
             commissioned through Economic
             Development department
A15c         Annually update Needs Assessments      Up to date resource implications of             ML             CF         Existing    March           1-9
             and Service Mapping that underpin      Council and Partnership priorities are                                                2012
             the Joint Plan.                        known and understood.

                                                    Decision making on priorities is
                                                    informed by better financial
                                                    information.

A15d         Develop and use Balanced               We are able to report progress in               ML             CF         Existing    Sept            1-9
             Score/Report Cards to report on        achieving outcomes and assess                                                         2011,
             progress against the Outcomes of the   efficiency and value for money.                                                       then
             Joint Plan in an accessible way to a                                                                                         ongoing
             broad audience base


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Members, Officers and Advisers

          Personnel              Initials                                       Title

  Aled Roberts                    AR        Leader of the Council
  Andy Hawkins                    AH        Head of School Effectiveness
  Clare Field                     CF        Strategic and Performance Director
  Dafydd Ifans                    DI        Access and School Places
  Donna Dickenson                 DD        Head of Youth Service
  Ema Pennington                  EP        Foundation Phase Training and Support Officer
  Graham Edwards                  GE        Head of Inclusion Services
  Hilary Harriman                 HH        Head of Service: 0-8
  Ian Roberts                     IR        Principal Finance Officer
  Jen Tredinnick                  JT        Enrichment and Engagement Manager
  Jenny Jones                     JJ        Children and Young People Research Officer - AVOW
  John Davies                     JD        Head of Department: Lifelong Learning
  Karen Kilcoyne                  KK        Performance Analysis Manager
  Laura Williams                  LW        Children and Young People Development Officer - AVOW
  Linda Thomas                    LT        Foundation Phase Officer
  Liz Clutton                     LC        LMS Lead Officer
  Louise Hulme                    LH        Performance Development Officer
  Marie Lebacq                    ML        Head of Service: Performance, Support and Development and CYPFWP coordinator
  Mark Owen                       MO        Head of Finance
  Morgan Jones                    MJ        Senior Performance Improvement Officer
  Nick Williams                   NW        Head of Service: 8-14
  Rhian Evans                     RE        Children and Young People Finance Manager
  Roger Davies                    RD        Senior Performance and Improvement Officer
  Sue Robins                      SR        HR Manager
  Susan Evans                     SE        Head of Department: Prevention and Social Care
  Trevor Coxon                    TC        Head of Corporate and Customer Services
  Tricia Jones                    TJ        Integrated Services Coordinator (Parenting Coordinator)
  Vicky Barlow                    VB        Head of Service: 14-19




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Abbreviations
                Abbreviations                                  Meaning
                ACRF            Annual Council Reporting Framework
                ALN             Additional Learning Needs
                AVOW            Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham
                Big P           Big Participation
                CPC             Brand name of Project Consultants
                CYPS            Children and Young People Service
                CYPFWPB         Children and Young People's Framework Partnership Board
                CYPS DMT        Children and Young People Service Departmental Management Team
                DCELLS          Department for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning and Skills
                EAL             English as an Additional Language
                FMS             Financial Management System
                HOS             Head of Service
                HR              Human Resources
                HSCWBS          Health, Social Care and Well being Strategy
                KS              Key Stage
                LA              Local Authority
                LAC             Looked After Child
                LLL DMT         Lifelong Learning Departmental Management Team
                LPB             Learning Partnership Board
                PRU             Pupil Referral Unit
                P & SC DMT      Prevention and Social Care Departmental Management Team
                QDD             Quality Development Dialogue
                RSG             Revenue Support Grant
                SARA            Statutory Assessment and Reporting Arrangements
                SEG             School Effectiveness Grant
                SEN             Special Educational Needs
                SEP             School Effectiveness Profile
                SIP             Service Improvement Plans
                SOC             Strategic Outline Case
                TSI             Targeted Support and Intervention
                WAG             Welsh Assembly Government
                WAO             Wales Audit Office
                WASH            Wrexham Association of Secondary Heads
                WLGA/LGA        Welsh Local Government Association/ Local Government Association
                YSS             Youth Support Services
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                        Wrexham County Borough Council – Structure as at 1 April 2011

                                               Chief Executive (Interim)
                                         Clare Field, Lee Robinson, Philip Walton
                                                  PA: Diane Davenport




 Strategic and Performance Director        Strategic and Performance Director       Strategic and Performance Director
             Clare Field                              Philip Walton                            Lee Robinson
PA: Sharon Roberts / Karen Glendenning              PA: Dianne Parry                         PA: Susan Evans


Head of Children & Young People           Head of Adult Social Care                 Head of Community Well-being
  – Prevention and Social Care                 Andrew Figiel                              and Development
           Susan Evans                      Sec: Karen Williams                             Lawrence Isted
       Sec: Denise Mansley                                                               Sec: Judith Williams

                                          Head of Housing and
Head of Lifelong Learning                  Public Protection                          Head of Assets and
      John Davies                             Andy Lewis                            Economic Development
  Sec: Eirian Lightfoot                    Sec: Clare Whiting                           Stephen Bayley
                                                                                      Sec: Angela Evans

                                          Head of Environment
                                             John Bradbury                           Head of Finance
                                          Sec: Debbie Halligan                          Mark Owen
                                                                                    Sec: Amanda Butler


                                                                                          Head of Corporate and
                                                                                             Customer Services
                                                                                               Trevor Coxon
                                                                                    Sec: Alison Griffiths / Janet Graham
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                                Lifelong Learning Department – Structure as at 1 April 2011
                                                                  Head of Lifelong Learning
                                                                        John Davies
                                                                      Secretary: Eirian Lightfoot




Access and School              Head of Service              Head of Service              Head of Service              Head of Inclusion          Head of Youth
     Places                          0-8                         8 - 14                      14 - 19                      Services                  Service
  Dafydd Ifans                 Hilary Harriman               Nick Williams                Vicky Barlow                Graham Edwards            Donna Dickenson


Main                            Main                        Main                         Main                         Main                      Main
Responsibilities:               Responsibilities:           Responsibilities:            Responsibilities:            Responsibilities:         Responsibilities:

• Access and School             • Foundation Phase          • Key Stage 2                • Key Stage 4                • Special Educational     • Youth Work
  Places                                                                                                                Needs
                                • Early Entitlement         • Key Stage 3                • Key Stage 5                                          • Health and Well-
• 21st Century Schools                                                                                                • Educational               being
  Programme                     • Flying Start              • Link Officer               • 14 – 19 Network              Psychology
                                                              Arrangements                                                                      • Adult Community
• School Governance             • Estyn Post                                             • Post-16                    • Education Social          Learning (ACL)
                                  Inspection Action         • School                       Transformation               Work Service
• Workforce Planning              Plan (PIAP)                 Effectiveness                                                                     • Play
  - ITeC                                                      Framework                                               • English as an
  - Corporate                                                                                                           Additional Language
     Training and                                                                                                       (EAL)/
     Development                                                                                                        Travellers Support
  - Continuing
     Professional                                                                                                     • Behaviour Support
     Development
     (Schools)                                                                                                        • Sensory Service

                                                                                                                       • Pupil Referral Units
                                                                                                                          reports.
                    NB This shows reporting lines only and does not show all accountabilities, responsibilities or direct(PRUs)
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                 Children & Young People – Prevention & Social Care Department
                                  Structure as at 1 April 2011
                                                          Head of Children & Young People –
                                                              Prevention & Social Care
                                                                     Susan Evans
                                                                    Secretary: Denise Mansley




  Head of Service                     Head of Service                        Head of Service                 Head of Service         Head of Service
Corporate Parenting                    Safeguarding                          Family Support                   Youth Justice      Performance Support &
   John Roberts                       Francine Salem                         Margaret Sloan                     Service               Development
                                                                                                              Kathy Weigh             Marie Lebacq
Main                               Main                                  Main                              Main                     Main
Responsibilities:                  Responsibilities:                     Responsibilities:                 Responsibilities:        Responsibilities:
• Fostering Service                • Child & Family                      • Family Support Team             • Intervention           • Business Support for CYPS
                                     Assessment Team
• North Wales Adoption                                                   • Child Health &                  • Assessment &           • Performance, Analysis &
  Service                          • LSCB                                  Disability Team                   Planning                 Assurance for CYPS
• Looked After Children            • ICS/RAISE                           • TAC                             • Finance &              • Performance Development
                                                                                                             Performance              for CYPS
• Leaving Care                     • Flying Start                        • Parenting
                                                                                                           • Integrated Family      • Children & Young People
 Tanydre                                                                     Family Centres                Support Service          Partnership Support and
                                                                                                                                      Development
 Tapley Avenue
                                                                                                                                     Data Protection & FOI

                                                                                                                                     Contracts & Commissioning
     NB This shows reporting lines only and does not show all accountabilities, responsibilities or direct reports.
                                                                                                                                     Independent Safeguarding &
                                                                                                                                      Reviewing


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