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          BRIDGEND COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

               CHILDREN’S DIRECTORATE

         BRIDGEND COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

         DIRECTORATE LEVEL BUSINESS PLAN




          CHILDREN’S DIRECTORATE

                    2008 – 11

   Mission Statement

   To help all children and young people to:

    thrive and make the best use of their
     talents
    live healthy and safe lives
    be confident and caring individuals
    know and receive their rights


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Introduction
This Directorate Strategic Plan serves a number of important functions – namely:

   To show how the services within the Directorate contribute to the Authority‟s
    Corporate Improvement Plan for 2005-08 and the Bridgend County Borough‟s
    Community Strategy for 2005-16.

   To show how the services within the Directorate contribute to the fundamental
    themes of equality and sustainability as per the Authority‟s policy agreement
    2004-07.

   To note some key achievements of the past year and the challenges currently
    facing the Directorate.

   To identify the Directorate‟s priorities for future service development during the
    next three years.

   To note key quality indicators by which the performance of services will be judged
    over the next three years, together with targets set for the indicators.

   To allocate responsibility to service managers for the attainment of Directorate
    priorities

   To outline the revenue and capital budgets available for 2007-08 and how they
    will be targeted across different service areas.



       Councillor Alana Davies
       Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

       Hilary Anthony
       Corporate Director - Children


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INTRODUCTION .................................................................................. 13

SECTION 1 : SERVING OUR COUNTY BOROUGH ............................ 15

SECTION 2 : SOME RECENT KEY ACHIEVEMENTS… ..................... 22

SECTION 3 : RISKS FACING THE DIRECTORATE ............................ 25

4A : SERVICE OBJECTIVES .............................................................. 30

4B : ACTION PLANS ........................................................................... 38

SECTION 5A : HEADLINE PERFORMANCE INDICATORS .............. 76

SECTION 5B : KEY ACTIVITY DATA ON CORE SERVICES ............. 79

SECTION 6 : REVENUE AND CAPITAL BUDGETS 2008/09............... 80

SECTION 7 : CONTACT POINTS......................................................... 84




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Section 1 : Serving Our County Borough
Overall Aim & Services Provided
Our aim is to help all children and young people to:
 thrive and make the best of their talents
 live healthy and safe lives
 be confident and caring individuals throughout their lives
 know and receive their rights

The directorate consists of a wide range of service units. These cover :

      Learning
             Access and Inclusion Services
             School Development
             Post 14 Education and Training
             Education Psychology Service
             Youth Service

      Safeguarding & Family Support
            Assessment and Case Management
            Family Support Services
            Disabled children
            Safeguarding and quality assurance
            Accommodation services
              o Residential
              o Fostering
              o Adoption
            Post 16 Service
            Looked After Children
            Young carers

      Strategic Planning and Support Services
             Learners‟ Support Services
             Planning and Resources
             Research & Communications
             Management Support Services
             Catering Services
             Children & Young People‟s Plan
             Commissioning

Further information on how each of these service units aims to serve our County
Borough is available in their Service Plans. Copies of these plans can be obtained
by contacting Nikki Sutton on 01656 642615 or by e-mail to
Nikki.Sutton@bridgend.gov.uk. Contact points are also given later in Section 7 if you
wish to find out more about each service unit.


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Corporate Objectives
In September 2005, Council agreed that the aims of the Community Strategy be
adopted as the Authority‟s Corporate Objectives, as detailed below:

   1.   Improve quality of life for all
   2.   Protect and enhance our environment
   3.   Increase prosperity
   4.   Have safer communities
   5.   Achieve a healthier County Borough
   6.   Have a more inclusive County Borough

Corporate Themes
To provide more focus to these objectives, Council also agreed the following
Corporate Priority Themes in September 2007:

   1.   Creating Learning Communities
   2.   Children Today, Adults Tomorrow
   3.   Realising the Potential of Our Major Towns
   4.   Valuing Our Valleys
   5.   Caring For Our Future
   6.   Diverse and Sustainable
   7.   Supporting our Disadvantaged Communities

Cross-cutting issues
The Council is committed to improving our performance on the fundamental themes
of equality and sustainability as part of its policy agreement with the Welsh Assembly
Government. In October 2005 WAG published new guidance for Local Authorities on
the Wales Programme for Improvement (circular 28/2005) that includes a
requirement that the council measure progress towards equality and sustainability
objectives.

       Equality

        Equality and inclusion are embraced as core values of service provision
        throughout our service areas. Recognised „good practice‟ already exists but
        we will continue to invest in training, consultation, partnership building and
        project development to ensure equality is kept at the forefront of our strategic
        and operational management. In particular, we will continue to mainstream
        equality into our work by:
               o developing a strategy for children and young people with disabilities
               o ensuring our arrangements for looked after children take into
                   account their individual needs, aspirations and differences
               o undertaking an initiative to provide training in racial equality issues
                   for members of all secondary school councils and providing


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              guidance on reviewing race equality policies as part of the revision
              of the authority‟s Race Equality Scheme;
          o   supporting schools in the preparation and implementation of
              Disability Equality Schemes and Access Plans;
          o   continuing to develop the Asset Management Plan to incorporate
              DDA assessments of premises and sites into the plan;
          o   providing a toolkit for primary and secondary teachers and teaching
              assistants to support work with pupils for whom English is an
              additional language;
          o   preparing and implementing a strategy for educational inclusion that
              will contribute to the authority‟s statutory equality schemes;
          o   implementing the Welsh Language Education scheme and
              establishing a new Welsh medium secondary school;
          o   ensuring our school modernisation programme addresses equality
              issues;
          o   working with the Archdioceses to effect the building of a
              replacement Roman Catholic secondary school with a community
              and multi-denominational facility;
          o   improving our analysis and use of data to promote equality and
              tackle social inclusion issues; and
          o   through ESIS, we will continue to support schools in developing
              their curricula for personal and social education.

   Sustainability

    The directorate has become increasingly aware of its responsibilities with
    regard to sustainability issues and particularly concerning „green issues‟ and
    the environment. A focus on these areas makes sense from both a financial
    and a moral point of view. Service areas and schools are already partaking in
    related initiatives, for example, to improve energy efficiency, promote
    recycling and waste maximisation, reduce reliance on pesticides, reduce
    travel costs and work towards recognised accreditation such as Green
    Dragon and Healthy Schools. We will continue the work on reviewing Home
    to School Transport and encouraging the development of school travel plans.

    The directorate will also instigate a structured and systematic staff
    development programme which will enable the different services to have the
    breadth and depth of skills and knowledge required to improve and sustain
    their service. In addition, we will support education for sustainable
    development and global citizenship by:
           o continuing to promote and support the Eco Schools and Healthy
               Schools schemes;
           o encouraging and supporting schools in making submissions for
               Green Flag awards.

    A review of asset management will enable the directorate to prioritise needs
    and build into the maintenance programme the principles of long-term
    sustainability and efficiency.


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       Investment through the capital programme will be informed by robust research
       to make certain major spends will give value for money, meet long-term needs
       and take account of whole-life costs. New build projects and refurbishments
       will take due regard of the need to make premises far more energy efficient,
       make better use of renewable materials and to make design and educational
       statements about sustainability.

      Customer Care

       A customer focus and high standards of customer care are crucial elements of
       the business of all our services. There is a strong ethos of listening and
       responding to the views of customers and potential customers. It is
       recognised, however, that the views of non-users are equally important and
       particular efforts need to be made to engage the „hard to reach‟. We will
       strive to involve all partners in improving current services and the
       development of new ones. Partners include all children and young people,
       parents and carers, learning providers, users of education, social care and
       community facilities, directorate staff, staff from other directorates and elected
       members, and all agencies working with children and their families in
       Bridgend, including the voluntary sector. We will seek to involve children and
       young people particularly through the development and implementation of our
       Participation Strategy.

Major Policies and Partnerships
Major policies and partnerships, relevant to this directorate, implemented by the
Authority include (these are linked to Directorate Priorities under Section 4):

Partnerships and networks:
       Local Strategic Partnership
       Local Safeguarding Children Board
       Children and Young People‟s Partnership
       Multi-agency public protection arrangements
       Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Strategic Partnership Board
       Bridgend Learning and Skills Network
       14-19 Network Partnership
       Welsh Education Partnership
       Education Support and Improvement Service
       Multi Sensory Impairment (MSI) Regional Partnership
       Community Safety Partnership

Plans and policies:
       Children and Young People‟s Plan
       Single Education Plan 2006-08
       Fulfilled Lives, Supportive Communities
       Integrated Children‟s System
       Health, Social Care and Well-being Strategy
       Making the Connections/Beyond Boundaries

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          National Service Framework for Young People and Maternity Services
          Towards a Stable Life and a Brighter Future
          14-19 Annual Network Development Plan
          Draft Welsh Education Scheme
          Learning Communities: School Modernisation Strategy
          School Modernisation Asset Management Plan
          Community Focused Schools Policy
          National Youth Service Strategy
          Draft Education Inclusion Strategy


Relationship Between Corporate and Directorate Priorities
Our services seek to support all of the Corporate Objectives and Priority Themes –
either directly or indirectly. The tables on the following pages seek to illustrate this.

We have 10 directorate priorities; several of which significantly support more than
one of the corporate objectives and priority themes. These priorities are:-

1. Support children and young people, especially the most disadvantaged children
    and young people, to improve their levels of basic skills and raise their
    educational attainment
2. Create schools which are fit for purpose and valued by their communities
3. Take forward the Inclusion Strategy
4. Provide more relevant learning opportunities 14-19 and for those at risk of falling
    in mainstream education
5. Promote community focused schools
6. Improve the way we work, including with partners
7. Promote early intervention and prevention to support well-being
8. Be a good corporate parent
9. Develop early years provision including childcare and the Foundation Phase
10. Promote a strategy for active and healthy lifestyles including improving emotional
    well-being

To align each of these key priorities to just one priority theme would understate the
breadth of impact we expect to result from our plans. We have worked hard at
ensuring staff not only have a clear „line of sight‟ from individual to strategic
objectives but also that they understand the importance of making connections and
achieving synergy across the range of activities we undertake.




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Corporate Priority Theme                         Directorate Priority

Ref:    Description:             Ref:   Description:
CPT-1   Creating learning        C1      Support the most disadvantaged and
        communities                       underachieving children and young people,
                                          to improve their levels of basic skills and
                                          raise their educational attainment.

                                 C2        Create schools which are fit for purpose and
                                            valued by their communities.

                                 C3        Include as many children and young people
                                            with additional learning needs as possible
                                            within mainstream schools.

                                 C4        Provide more relevant learning opportunities
                                            for those at risk of failing in mainstream
                                            education.

CPT-2   Children today,          C5        Improve the way we work, including with
        adults tomorrow                     partners.

                                 C6        Promote early intervention and prevention

                                 C7        Be a good corporate parent

                                 C8        Develop early years and Childcare.

                                 C9        Engage our children and young people as
                                            equal partners in determining their futures.

CPT-3   Realising the            C2     We will support this through our School
        potential or our major          Modernisation programme and the promotion of
        towns                           Community Focused Schools.

CPT-4   Valuing our valleys      C2     We will support this theme through our work on
                                 C6     social inclusion, family support, CFS and school
                                        modernisation, under the themes Creating
                                        Learning Communities and Children Today,
                                        Adults tomorrow.

CPT-5   Caring for our future    C6     We will support this theme through our work with
                                        families and the priorities under the Children
                                        Today Adults tomorrow theme.




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CPT-6   Diverse and           C1   We will establish and implement a basic skills
        sustainable economy        strategy. We will also support this theme
                                   through our work on Creating Learning
                                   Communities and the creation of employment
                                   opportunities in early years, family support
                                   services and education.

CPT-7   Supporting our        C3      Inclusion: remove economic, educational and
        disadvantaged                  social barriers to access and participation for
        communities                    all children and young people.




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Section 2 : Some Recent Key Achievements…
Key Achievements over the past year…
Across the directorate, there are numerous examples of success. Many of these
have helped to promote equality and social inclusion across gender, race, disability,
language, age, faith and sexuality. Here are some examples:

Early Years
 Improvements in partnership working, such as in the case of the Integrated
   Children‟s Centre and the Flying Start programme
 A systematically planned programme of training support for the implementation of
   the Foundation Phase, accessed by both maintained and non-maintained
   settings
 More robust and sustained evaluation of the quality of provision of the non-
   maintained sector informing the delivery of future support for settings
 Integrated Children‟s Centre fully operational and providing valuable services to
   the local and wider community.
 Production of Foundation Phase Additional Learning Needs training pack
   developed for WAG and rolled out to all early years providers in Bridgend
 Developing contribution of E.P. involvement in Flying Start Project with E.P.s
   providing input to each of the three Pods (Caerau, Betws, Cornelli) facilitated by a
   successful bid for funding for 0.4 E.P. time.

School Leadership and Management
 Effective support provided to schools facing challenges reflected in positive
   inspection reports
 Effective programme of mentoring, training and support for school leaders
   reflected in Estyn inspection reports
 Training and support programme for aspiring leaders, middle leaders and deputy
   headteachers implemented effectively
 Provision and development of CRIS2 and web-based eCRIS school self
   evaluation packages

Basic Skills and Learning Skills
 All basic skills intervention programmes graded positively by the Basic Skills
   Cymru‟ s annual review, with good progress made in all these
 All Bridgend schools achieving the Basic Skills Agency‟s Quality Mark.
 Establishment of high quality, comprehensive „Think2Learn‟ thinking skills
   programme involving central INSET and school / cluster-based training

Transition
 A co-ordinated programme of transition projects, focused on progress in the NC
   core subjects established in all primary / secondary school clusters
 Transition Consultative Group established and functioning effectively and very
   successfully. Good Practice Conference and events organised each academic
   year with self evaluation of transition plans established on a cluster basis

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14+ Learning
 Continued delivery of the successful 14-19 Learning Pathways Careers
   Convention in March 2008, which included all secondary schools in the borough
   and around 1,800 year 10 pupils.
 Development and agreement of all schools and key partner agencies around a
   Learner Entitlement Statement to support the implementation of the 14-19
   agenda in Bridgend.
 Successful delivery of the Studio 34 Curriculum Programme via Bridgend College
   and good progress made in refurbishing Unit 34, Village Farm Industrial Estate,
   Pyle, despite real difficulties with funding.
 42 young people who were NEET returned and in sustained education, through
   intervention by the Changing Tracks Project

Additional Needs
 GTCW all Wales Conference entitled „Good Practice in Autism‟ presentation by
  Plasnewydd and Maes Yr Haul primary schools.
 Speech and Language „Working Together‟ 3 year project concluded April 08 with
  positive evidence of joint working. Further project commenced April 08 to
  develop approaches for children on the Autistic Spectrum at Key Stages 3 and 4.
 New mobility officer established to provide specialist advice and guidance to
  schools for VI pupils.
 Pencoed Comp VI Resource highly commended in the Welsh Secondary Schools
  Association Awards 2007 for collaboration between LEA and school.

Vulnerable children and young people
 Services responded quickly and affectively to needs of young people and staff in
   those settings significantly affected by recent critical incidents.
 Crisis cards and supplementary information provided to 10,000 young people in
   the county borough.
 Reduction of Looked After Children numbers
 Reduction of numbers on Child Protection Register
 Reviewed and redesigned Family Support Team
 Recruitment campaign for foster carers
 Increased number of adoptions
 Multi-agency steering group for Disabled Children‟s Strategy established
 Child protection education team remained effective despite a staffing reduction
   and additional pressures caused by self-harm and suicide issues

Youth Services
 Launch of new text information service.500 young people currently registered
 Launch of Just@sk information service via interactive information event, 300
  young people attended. New identity and branding for information services.
 Opened new drop in centre in Griffin Park Porthcawl targeting young people who
  are at risk of substance misuse.
 Community rugby initiative in partnership with the Ospreys and youth service
  Positive Futures project, working with young people who are at risk of substance
  misuse.

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   Twelve young mums from the moving forward project now attending college. Six
    young mums have had their children deregistered as a result of attending the
    project.
   Over two hundred OCN‟s, ROA‟s and other accredited courses have been gained
    through youth service interventions.

School Modernisation
 Successful partnership with Catholic Archdiocese to secure Welsh Assembly
   Government funding for new secondary school
 Maes-y-Haul extension completed and officially opened
 Renegotiation of section 106 agreement for Parc Derwen doubled funding
   available to £4 million.
 Schools Asset Management Plan (version 1) completed
 Positive health check report on management of the programme and team
   capacity increased.
 All schools connected to Broadband

Other…
 Welsh Education Scheme approved by the Welsh Language Board and
   Partnership evaluation of the achievement of the Scheme‟s targets identified by
   the Welsh Language Board as a model of good practice
 Development of a commissioning strategy for all Children‟s Services
 Significant improvement in secondary and primary school attendance to levels
   above the Welsh average
 New local child employment regulations and practices successfully introduced




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Section 3 : Risks facing the Directorate
 The latest Risk Assessment identified the following challenges facing the Service:

 Risk: Insufficient progress on all aspects of school modernisation to produce
 enough, suitable, well-maintained and resourced facilities, to enable: improved
 levels of achievement (and subsequent outcomes) for all pupils and young
 people; community use of resources.

 The majority of our current 70 school environments are not fit for purpose and there
 is also the potential for health and safety issues in many. Capital funding
 requirement approx £170m. Repair bill alone is £40 million with an estimated further
 £130 million needed to bring all schools to an acceptable standard of provision.
 Poor inspection outcomes. Provision to a lesser standard than other local
 authorities.

 Mitigated by: Schools Modernisation Programme; robust project management; self
 evaluation; development of more strategic approach to community focussed
 activities eg use of school sports facilities.

 Risk: School funding will be inadequate to deliver the curriculum and meet
 additional pupils’ needs leading to a reduction in positive outcomes.

 BCBC funded 22/22 per pupil by WAG. BCBC spend per pupil in school budgets =
 21/22 for primary and secondary schools. Potential for poor LEA inspection
 outcomes. Provision to a lesser standard than other Local authorities. Impacts on
 educational attainment levels. Not meeting the needs of some children with
 additional learning needs.

 Mitigated by: Reviews of school funding formula and other education budgets;
 improvements in the general level of school funding; secure sufficient grant to
 implement the foundation phase; secure Convergence funding, self evaluation.

 Risk: Insufficient capacity to produce and deliver plans and implement
 national and local strategies/initiatives.

 Mitigated by: Robust project management; self evaluation and restructuring to take
 account of known capacity shortfalls.

 Risk: Not maintaining strong working relationships between Children’s
 Services, Wellbeing Directorate and partner organisations to ensure efficient
 provision of services.

 Vulnerable client group – highly emotive issues. Poor quality service (particularly for
 those young people in transition years) will have a long term detrimental effect on
 vulnerable individuals and groups. Potential impact of not maintaining strong
 working relationships in terms of corporate financial & reputational cost and public
 health is severe.

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Mitigated by: Comprehensive training and staff development programmes;
partnership developments/schemes; transition protocol; development and planning
of Transitional team across Adults and Children Services; „Hidden Harm‟ Senior
Practitioner Post based in Substance Misuse Team but working in Children‟s
Services with families where parents are misusing substances; reviews of directorate
structure and activities; (joint) commissioning arrangements to identify the real needs
of children and ensure that they are properly met by a range of providers; effective
partnerships through strong support and leadership by senior managers; Bridgend
Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Risk: Safeguarding and promotion of child welfare compromised

Statutory responsibilities not fulfilled; council vulnerable on child protection issues;
lack of coherence or common purpose across agencies; rising levels of absence and
exclusions.

Mitigated by: revised directorate policy on safeguarding and integration of
safeguarding teams; strong commitment to making the new LSCB effective; initiative
to develop common understanding of needs, issues and priorities between schools
and all relevant agencies leading to agreed protocols and strategies for prevention
and intervention; closer monitoring of and earlier intervention in patterns of poor
behaviour and absence; promotion of better mental health in schools.

Risk: Commissioning team not established and services unable to apply
agreed principles and practices, including shift from intervention to
prevention.

Risk that needs of children and young people are not met in the most efficient and
effective way with obsolete services continuing to operate and duplication of effort
failing to make best use of resources.

Mitigated by: corporate commitment to the Commissioning Strategy and dedication
of staff time to a team approach in developing the Toolkit. Follow through action plan
implemented and resourced (Appendix A of Commissioning Strategy)

Challenge: Integration of Safeguarding and Family Support, Education,
Children and Young People Partnership and Youth Offending Service
compromised by cultural, structural and operational factors

Potential obstacles to service integration may include differences in service
philosophies, guarding of traditional territories, delayed or inappropriate new
structures, inadequate support mechanisms for services, service capacity being
misaligned, lack of communication, accommodation issues.

Mitigated by: Clear timetable for establishment of services within the structure;
strong lead by director, heads of service and group managers in setting out a
consistent vision and giving positive messages; management of integration process


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as a project; use of Info Zone to give frequent updates and develop sense of
collective purpose and working.

Risk: Insufficient Welsh Assembly Government funding to cover the cost of
the recommended staffing ratios required to implement the Foundation Phase
Curriculum.

The Welsh Assembly Government plans to implement the Foundation Phase
Curriculum, in maintained and non-maintained settings, from September 2008. An
important element of this curriculum is a staffing ratio of 1:8 in nursery and reception
classes and 1:15 in Years One and Two. Welsh Assembly Government funding is
not sufficient to enable schools to meet the 1:8 staffing ratio in nursery and reception
classes when the rollout of this new curriculum begins in September 2008. Planned
action to mitigate this risk is set out in the Foundation Phase Operational Plan
referred to in Section 4(b) of this Plan.

Risk: Securing an appropriately trained Foundation Phase education
workforce

The Welsh Assembly Government may require Support Staff employed to meet the
recommended Foundation Phase staffing ratios in the maintained and non-
maintained sectors to be qualified to NVQ Level 3. There is a risk that if sufficient
training programmes are not provided or programmes that are provided do not
attract sufficient personnel, there will be insufficient qualified staff to fill support staff
posts throughout both sectors, and that the delivery of the Foundation Phase will be
adversely affected. Planned action to mitigate this risk is set out in the Foundation
Phase Operational Plan referred to in Section 4(b) of this Plan.

Risk: Failure to develop and implement an effective Basic Skills Strategy

The development and implementation of an effective Basic Skills Strategy is
potentially at risk because of a range of factors. These include: the sufficiency of
financial support; the extent of commitment from all strategic partners; the
effectiveness of communication between stakeholders; the extent of progression and
continuity between all programmes and interventions; and the effectiveness of
management and co-ordination. Planned action to mitigate these risks is set out
in the basic skills strategy elements of Section 4(b) of this Plan.

Risk: Lack of strategic approach to, and management of, partnership working

The Welsh Assembly Government is in the process of producing guidelines on future
partnership working that supports multi agency input into the delivery of services and
initiatives. There is a risk that if representation or partnerships is not at a sufficiently
high level to make strategic decisions, the impact of initiatives will be reduced,
piecemeal provision will occur and partnerships will become ineffective. We will
ensure that representation on partnerships is undertaken by sufficiently senior
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Risk: Failure to deliver an effective 14-19 strategy

The Authority and its schools lack an agreed, coherent and deliverable overall
strategy to guide the future development of 14-19 Learning Pathways across
secondary schools, in partnership with other providers. This needs to include a clear
statement of universal learner entitlement for this age range that can be used to
develop an equitable curriculum framework and associated option menu that provide
for increased flexibility and choice for learners. There is a risk that if such a strategy
is not developed, learners‟ access to an extended range of vocational and
complementary programmes, as well to a wider range of traditional post 14 and post
16 courses will be significantly constrained, with individual learning providers not
operating as part of an effective partnership and with an increased likelihood of
external intervention. To mitigate this risk, the development of an appropriate 14-19
strategy for the County Borough is identified as a priority during 2007-08, both in this
plan and within the 14-19 Annual Network Development Plan.

Risk: Failure to develop more effective provision for behaviour support

If more effective behaviour support provision is not established, there are risks that
this may lead to high levels of exclusions, higher levels of provision of special school
places, increased levels of ancillary support leading to short term „quick fix‟ solutions
as opposed to long term sustainable outcomes for young people, and inappropriate
referrals for tier 3/4 provision. Planned action to mitigate these risks is set out in
the Inclusion Strategy elements of Section 4(b) of this Plan.

Risk: Failure to support schools in implementing effective Disability Equality
Schemes

There are risks that if schools do not deliver on their responsibilities in terms of
having effective Disability Equality Schemes in place that this will lead to a culture
and environment that breeds exclusive models of provision causing low levels of
self-esteem for pupils with additional learning needs, higher levels of provision
through expert delivery from outside agencies, causing longer waiting times, and
additional stress levels for pupils unable to access curriculum due to a poorly
adapted environment. Additionally, there is the risk of failing to comply with statutory
requirements. Planned action to mitigate these risks is set out in Section 4(b)
of this Plan.

Risk: Failure to sustain improvements in Safeguarding and Family Support
Service following the Care and Social Services Inspectorate’s (CSSIW) Review
of Children’s Services.

Monitoring arrangements by CSSIW under the Welsh Assembly Government‟s
intervention protocol have been stepped down following the Review but concerns
remain in relation to quality of practice and the risk that new structural arrangements
will not fulfil the statutory role and responsibilities of the Director of Social Services.
Failure to address these concerns and uncertainties will result in further intervention
by CSSIW.


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To mitigate this risk, an action plan will address the Review‟s “Priorities for Action”.
A protocol describing how the new structural arrangements will operate has been
drafted for approval by Cabinet.

Risk: Risk of being deflected from agreed work programmes/priorities as a
consequence of exceptional circumstances or events.

The experience of previous months has demonstrated that individual events can
have far-reaching effects on local communities( eg ongoing high level of suicides etc
and pressure to provide support/take action as a consequence).

Tactical and operational groups in place to ensure coordinated, multi-agency
response. Management of media. Suicide reduction co-ordinator in place. Develop
& implement action plan. Information, training and support to key groups to reduce
need for exceptional response.

Risk: Corporate Savings Target (Efficiencies) unrealistic

Imperative to make efficiencies compromises quality of services and children and
young people‟s primary needs are not met.

Mitigated by: new directorate structure with new working practices to contribute
towards achieving savings. Communications and efficiencies cross-directorate group
now established to promote and monitor efficiencies. “Efficiency targets” are
determined corporately; as a directorate we shall redirect resources as necessary to
address priorities within a climate of competing demands.

Risk: Failure to recruit, develop, manage and retain a motivated high quality
staff able to respond to national priorities, workforce reform, deliver integrated
children’s services and transform Council services

Workforce planning is a key activity identified within the Children and Young
People‟s Plan. A number of initiatives are in place or being progressed corporately,
especially in relation to performance management and leadership. The Directorate
structures, new job descriptions and service planning will all be developed with
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4a : Service Objectives
The Directorate has identified its key priorities for the next 3 years (see p.7) – which have been informed by Corporate
Objectives, Corporate Themes and the outcome of the annual Risk Assessment process.

This table shows how the Directorate aims to deliver its priorities by allocating objectives to its constituent Services. Action
Plans (4b) have been prepared which show how these objectives will be met by developing actions, allocating responsibility,
targets and a method of measurement to each.

DIRECTORATE PRIORITY                                          SERVICE OBJECTIVE                                            MANAGER


                            1. Provide focused support to those schools (and departments) facing challenges and        Richard
C.1 Support the most           where under-performance is clearly identified among specific groups of pupils           Landy
disadvantaged and
                            2. Implement and further develop the thinking and learning programme within and across     Richard
underachieving                 clusters of schools                                                                     Landy or Les
children and young                                                                                                     Phillips
people to improve their     3. Develop and implement a Basic Skills strategy and a structure to coordinate delivery    Les Phillips
levels of basic skills         within the area
and raise their
educational attainment      4. Develop baseline assessments and a resource pack for pupils with English as an          Nichola Jones
                               additional language

                            5. Produce high quality Personal Education Plans for looked after children                 Bev Jones


                            6. Continue to increase the attendance of all children and young people                    Mark
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                        7. Reduce the number of children and young people excluded from school and reintegrate Richard
                           any child or young person excluded from school into appropriate education (within two Landy/Mark
                           weeks)                                                                                Beauchamp
                        8. Support the dissemination and development of the new skills based curriculum in order      Dafydd
                           to improve standards                                                                       Roberts/ESIS

                        1. Amalgamate 5 sets of primary schools – Brackla, Oldcastle and Pencoed to open
C.2 Create schools         September 2008 and Tremains and Litchard to open September 2009 (Phase 1 projects).        Trevor Guy
which are fit for
                        2. Complete Phase „0‟ projects:                                                               Trevor Guy
purpose and valued by
                            Develop a new primary school for Pen-y-fai
their communities.          Complete new Caerau Primary School
                            Work with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese to build a school to replace Archbishop
                             McGrath on the designated site in Brackla
                            Relocate Maesteg Comprehensive School to new, purpose-built premises and open a
                             new Welsh medium secondary school

                        3. Develop proposals for a new school to the north of Bridgend town in the Parc               Trevor Guy
                           Derwen/Coity area and other developments using section 106 funds.

                        4. Progress phase 2 projects:                                                                Julie Griffiths
                            Complete an appraisal of options for school provision in the Pyle/Cornelly/Cynffig/Cefn
                              Cribbwr area
                            Complete an appraisal of options of secondary school provision in the Gateway to the
                              Valleys area and progress the proposal to create a single school to serve learners and
                              the wider community
                            Complete an appraisal of options for Ysgol Bryn Castell

                        5. Identify priority projects for Phase 3 of the School Modernisation Programme               Trevor Guy

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6. Complete the review of the school funding formula and implement agreed changes               Deborah
                                                                                                Exton
7. Support and promote the Community Focused Schools Programme to encourage the                 Emma Davies
   development of after school activities, closer links between schools and their communities
   and more school facilities being open to everyone outside school hours
       Develop and implement longer-term strategy to increase community focussed
         activity
       Pilot area workers to develop active partnerships between schools and their
         communities
       Support school-community projects to be sustainable, focused on outcomes and
         embedded in school practice.

8. Produce a BCBC position statement to show how the shared vision for schools of the           Hilary
   future as community hubs can be translated into practice.                                    Anthony
        Research potential for joint working in multi-agency teams and conduct options
          appraisal on different operational models, aligned to areas of greatest need.

9. Manage the school assets in line with agreed programme priorities ensuring that:             Julie Griffiths
    maintenance and repair of school facilities is an integral part of the planning process;
    adjustments are made to take account of changing circumstances (e.g. housing
     developments);
    community and partner needs are considered as an integral part of any school project;
    any forthcoming changes to curriculum needs are reflected in the programme;
    appropriate health and safety consultation takes places during individual school
     project planning stages;
    projects are delivered to required time, cost, quality and scope

10. Deliver management and leadership programmes that support and develop present and           Richard
   future effective leaders of our schools.                                                     Landy/Les
                                                                                                Phillips/Trevor
                                                                                                Guy
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                          11. Conduct a review of, and change school catchment areas where necessary                   Mark
                                                                                                                       Beauchamp
C.3 Include as many       1. Implement new models of provision for children with moderate learning difficulties        Nichola Jones
children and young
                          2. Extend provision for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties in mainstream   Nichola Jones
people with additional
                             schools
learning needs as
possible within           3. Develop baseline assessments and a resource pack for pupils with English as an            Amanda
mainstream schools           additional language.                                                                      Kelland

                          4. Ensure all schools have effective disability equality plans in place.                     Nichola Jones

                          1. Ensure that children and young people excluded from school receive their learning         Kath Durbin /
C.4 Provide more             entitlement and are quickly re-integrated into an appropriate setting.                    Mark
                                                                                                                       Beauchamp
relevant learning
                          2. With partners, develop a comprehensive, co-ordinated and carefully planned pattern of     Kath Durbin
opportunities for those      learning provision 14-19
at risk of failing in         Extend and improve the local Option Menu and the quality of the learning experience
mainstream education.           for all 14-19 year old learners and work closely with all partners to develop a
                                comprehensive and carefully planned pattern of learning provision 14-19.
                              Strengthen complementary curriculum arrangements by introducing a more centrally
                                co-ordinated and efficient approach, maximising the benefits of Studio 34 Skills to
                                reduce those young people identified as NEET at 17.
                              Improve opportunities for young people to access informal and non formal accredited
                                learning pathways.
                          3. Monitor the effectiveness of schools‟ anti-bullying polices                               Alun Lawthom

                          1. Devise and implement the structure for the new Children‟s Directorate; maximising the     Heads of
                             benefits of integrating services                                                          Service
C.5 Improve the way
                          2. Implement a Commissioning strategy to make the right services available to the children   Trevor Guy
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we work, including with      who need them
partners.
                          3. Develop models for integrated service delivery                                          Heads of
                                                                                                                     Service
                          4. Progress implementation of the Integrated Children‟s System and Common Assessment       Layton
                             Framework                                                                               Skilton/ Les
                                                                                                                     Howells
                          5. Develop and manage data information systems to support managers and their services,     Les Howells
                             and make statutory returns, including an integrated system for linking PIs as in QBR,
                             NSF, frameworks to real outcomes for children and young people.

                          6. Develop and implement a Quality Assurance Strategy for Children‟s Directorate to        Les Howells/
                             improve quality and consistency of practice                                             Jane Cullen
                              Improve practice in safeguarding vulnerable children.
                              Sustain and improve performance in timeliness of response and compliance with
                                 safeguarding legislation and guidance.
                              Develop quality assurance practices across the directorate.

                          7. Improve the range of Youth services available in evenings and at weekends by working    Jeanette
                             with Town and Community Councils and local organisations to increase use of existing    Denley
                             buildings.

                          8. Develop a strategy for improving communication within the directorate.                  Les Howells

                          9. Promote equalities across the Directorate.                                              Les Jones

                          10. Monitoring and the implementation of the CYP Plan and, hence, further develop          Les Jones
                              partnerships that progress early intervention/prevention agenda.

                          11. Review residential in-house provision

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                    1. Complete the development of, and implement, a Child and Family Support Strategy               Lindsay
C.6 Promote early                                                                                                    Harper
                    2. Develop a co-ordinated strategy for children with disabilities                                Lindsay
intervention and
                                                                                                                     Harper
prevention          3. Support schools and providers in promoting children and young people‟s emotional              Nichola Jones
                       intelligence, well-being and resilience.

                    4. Develop and expand the range of activities provide by the Youth Offending Team and its        Mal Gay
                       relevant partners e.g. Community Safety Partnership to prevent and reduce anti-social
                       and criminal behaviour.

                    5. Agree and promote understanding of eligibility criteria for assessment of service provision   All
                       with key referring agencies and ensure consistent application

                    6. Safeguard all children and young people and train all staff who come into contact with        Lindsay
                       children and young people in child protection so that they are aware of their                 Harper
                       responsibilities in accordance with the All Wales Child Protection Procedures

                    1. Make the best placement for each individual Looked After Child by:                            Lindsay
C.7 Be a good            a.    implementing the placement strategy                                                   Harper
                         b.    increasing the number of adoptions
corporate parent.
                         c.    promoting foster care
                         d.    developing the skills of members and council officers as Corporate parents

                    2. Continue to improve the quality of care planning by developing the skills of practitioners    Lindsay
                        and managers and implementing the Integrated Children‟s System                               Harper

                    3. Provide effective support into independence for care leavers                                  Lindsay
                                                                                                                     Harper
                    4. Establish a cross-cutting member/officer advisory board                                       Lindsay
                                                                                                                     Harper

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                          5. Finalise the corporate parenting policy                                                     Lindsay
                                                                                                                         Harper
                          6. Promote corporate commitment to provision of appropriate education, accommodation,          Lindsay
                             employment and training opportunities and leisure opportunities for looked after children   Harper
                             and care leavers

                          7. Establish an Independent Visitor Service and develop a permanency policy                    Lindsay
                                                                                                                         Harper
                          1. Review the policy for early years entitlement.                                              Ann Rees
C.8 Develop Early
                          2. Develop parenting support linked to childcare provision                                     Ann Rees
Years and childcare
                          3. Support the implementation of the Foundation Phase and identify and disseminate good        Ann Rees
                             practice in Foundation Phase provision in order to ensure high quality early years
                             education provision for all children.

                          4. Develop integrated Early Years Children‟s Services                                          Ann Rees

                          5. Make good quality childcare available to those that need it.                                Ann Rees

                          1. Improve the way we listen to and involve children and young people and ensure that our      Les Jones /
                             services are accessible and responsive to them.                                             Jeanette
                             Complete and implement a young person‟s participation strategy                             Denley
                             Find ways, through school councils, the Youth Service and other forums, of making
C.9 Engage our                 sure anyone can make their views known on things which matter to them.
children and young
people as equal           2. Write a Bridgend Youth Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.                              Les Jones
partners in determining
their futures             3. Give young people the chance to help others out in their area at least once before they     Emma Davies
                             leave school

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4. Implement W.A.G. funded nutritional analysis program (SAFFRON) for products, recipes Norma
   and menu cycles enabling us to comply with the Appetite For Life Action Plan         Griffiths
   recommendations.

5. Monitor provision of the significant steps towards the Appetite For Life Standards    Norma
   through service checks and Q.A. audits                                                Griffiths

6. Review and co-ordinate counselling services to children and young people in schools   Trevor Guy/
   and communities                                                                       Jeanette
                                                                                         Denley
7. Improve the management of critical incidents

8. Improve access for young people to information advice and guidance services             Jeanette
                                                                                           Denley
9. Increase numbers of children walking/cycling to school (in conjunction with Communities Mark
   Directorate)                                                                            Beauchamp /
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    4b : Action Plans
    This section demonstrates how the key Service Objectives allocated in the preceding table (4a) will be achieved by identifying
    actions required and allocating responsibility for those actions to individuals. The table will be used throughout the period of
    the plan to monitor the achievement of those objectives.

    Directorate Priority – C.1 Support the most disadvantaged and underachieving children and young people to
    improve their levels of basic skills and raise their educational attainment.

   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                        PLANNED ACTIONS                        TIMESCALE/DESIRED            LEAD        METHOD OF             Resource
                                                                                          OUTCOME             OFFICER      MEASUREMENT           Implications
1. Provide focused support to   Work with secondary schools to ensure that        By September 2009:          Richard    Out comes of           BCBC
those schools (and              underperformance is identified clearly among      All schools to achieve      Landy      schools‟ Estyn
departments) facing             specific groups of pupils, within subject areas   grades 1 or 2 for the key              inspection reports.
challenges and where under-     and within whole schools.                         question 1 in Estyn                    Outcomes of NC
performance is clearly                                                            inspections.                           assessments and
identified among specific       Implement focused support targeted at those       Differential between                   external               WAG RAISE
groups of pupils                schools and departments facing challenges.        boys‟ and girls‟                       examination            funding
                                                                                  performance at each key                performance at Key
                                Implement programmes of support targeted          stage to be reduced to a               Stages 1-4.            Betters Schools
                                at improving the attainment of specific groups    point at or below the                                         Fund
                                of pupils, including boys, those who are          Welsh average, while
                                disadvantaged and those who are poorly            maintaining the level of
                                motivated.                                        girls‟ performance.
                                                                                  KS2: achievement of
                                                                                  core subject indicator to
                                                                                  reach 77%.
                                                                                  KS4: average points
                                                                                  score to reach 350.
2. Implement and further        Implement the Think2Learn programme in            By April 2009:              Richard    Schools‟ evaluation    On-going.
develop the „our thinking and   schools in order to improve standards in the      Evaluation of               Landy or   of support. Link       Better Schools
learning‟ programme within      skills encompassed within the new skills          training/support to be      Les        advisers‟ reports of   Fund
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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                          PLANNED ACTIONS                    TIMESCALE/DESIRED           LEAD        METHOD OF      Resource
                                                                                         OUTCOME           OFFICER     MEASUREMENT     Implications
and across clusters of schools   framework.                                     95% good or better.        Phillips   school visits.
                                                                                All schools prepared for
                                 Provide a comprehensive programme of           implementation of new
                                 curriculum guidance to enable teachers to      skills framework.
                                 effectively implement the revised curriculum
                                 subject orders.

                                 Further develop the Link2Learn programme
                                 within and across clusters of schools, to
                                 facilitate improvements in the standard of
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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                           PLANNED ACTIONS                         TIMESCALE/DESIRED             LEAD        METHOD OF             Resource
                                                                                             OUTCOME               OFFICER     MEASUREMENT            Implications
3. Develop and implement a         Consult with all partners on the principles,       Nov 07 to April 08           Les        Engagement of          Lead Officer
Basic Skills strategy and a        structure and aims of a Basic Skills strategy.     Feedback as a result of      Phillips   partners.              and Basic Skills
structure to coordinate delivery   Produce a draft Basic Skills strategy and          the consultation period to                                     Team time.
within the area.                   present to all prospective partners                contribute to strategy.
                                   encouraging further feedback and dialogue.
                                   Produce a final Basic Skills strategy for the      May/June 2008                           Responses to
                                   county borough of Bridgend which engages           A Draft Basic Skills                    consultation
                                   all partners to work collaboratively and           Strategy followed by a                  resulting in
                                   effectively to raise standards of basic skills.    further period of                       progress in            0-14 )
                                   Implement the Basic Skills strategy ensuring       consultation.                           strategy.              Action
                                   efficient and effective                                                                                           14-19 )
                                                coordination                                                                                         Planning
                                                management and leadership             August 2008                                                    19+    )
                                                targeting and delivery                A Basic Skills Strategy                 A completed Basic      Groups
                                                use of resources                      for Bridgend.                           Skills Strategy.       Lead Officer
                                                outcomes, raising standards of                                                                       and Basic Skills
                                                basic skills through effective                                                                       team time.
                                                Action Plans.
                                   Identify vulnerable individuals and groups.                                                Completed Action
                                   Devise and trial a tracking system which                                                   Plans
                                   enables resources to be allocated more                                                     Basic Skills Cymru
                                   efficiently according to need.                                                             Grants applications
                                                                                      September 2008 – 2009                   accepted/not
                                   Trial a basic skills assessment tool.              Action Plans for Basic                  accepted.
                                                                                      Skills 0-14, 14-19, 19+
                                   FSiM (Maths) / FS2W Writing) training: 3 full
                                   days, 2 x half day support days.                   August 2008- December
                                   Talk training: 1 full day, 2 x half day support.   2008                                    Effectiveness of the
                                                                                      BSC Grant Application                   tracking system.
                                                                                      meets the criteria for
                                   Pupils receive support on a weekly basis.          allocating resources to                                        Basic Skills
                                   Data collected at start and end of every term.     need.                                                          Team time for
                                                                                                                                                     preparation and
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                                                                                      September 2008- August                                         delivery.
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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                         PLANNED ACTIONS                        TIMESCALE/DESIRED             LEAD       METHOD OF             Resource
                                                                                          OUTCOME               OFFICER    MEASUREMENT            Implications
4. Develop baseline             Consult with Heads re: reorganisation of           September 2009 -             Amanda    Scrutiny of data on   WAG MEAG
assessments and a resource      resources to create team of centralised            Create a centralised         Kelland   assessment and        grant and
pack for pupils with English as support staff.                                     team of support staff to               progress of EAL       additional core
an additional language.                                                            provide short term                     pupils                funding for
                                Extend provision for pupils for whom English       support for new arrivals                                     service
                                is an additional language by reorganising
                                resources to achieve greater efficiency and        Produce/launch new
                                provide EAL toolkit for schools, with training.    arrivals into pack for
                                                                                   schools
                                 Continue Acippio NZE virtual classroom
                                 provision.

                                 Explore joint arrangements with other LEAs.

5. Produce high quality          Monitor whether looked after children and        WAG Guidance 2/2001        Bev Jones    Training for          WAG grant to
personal education plans for     young people have a high quality Personal        „Education of Looked After              Designated            hold conference
looked after children            Education Plan (PEP) within 20 days of           Children‟                               teachers and social   „Supporting the
                                 becoming looked after.                                                                   workers               Education of
                                                                                                                                                Looked After
                                 Promote the involvement of designated            WAG „Towards a Stable                                         Children‟
                                 teachers, social workers, children, young        Life and a Brighter Future‟
                                 people, and their parents/carers in the
                                 process of drawing up and reviewing the
                                 PEP.
                                                                                  School Polices for LAC                                        Secondment
                                 Support looked after children in overcoming                                                                    from EWO
                                 barriers to learning and achievement.                                                                          Service
                                                                                 EWS Service Guidelines
                                 Identify as early as possible those children at School Attendance Policies
                                 risk of poor learning and academic
                                 achievement and intervene appropriately to

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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                         PLANNED ACTIONS                      TIMESCALE/DESIRED          LEAD       METHOD OF           Resource
                                                                                      OUTCOME               OFFICER    MEASUREMENT         Implications
                                 support them.

                                 Ensure that looked after children have equal
                                 or priority access to all key interventions in
                                 school, and that their needs are taken into
                                 account before, during and after transitions.

                                 Improve attendance in line with their peers.

6. Continue to increase the      Target EWOs at greatest areas of need.           9/09                      Mark      Weekly/monthly/an   Data team time
attendance of all children and   Improve links with social workers.               Primary average up by     Beaucha   nual returns
young people                                                                      0.3%                      mp
                                                                                  Secondary average
                                                                                  same as 08
7. Reduce the number of          Increase behaviour support resource.             9/10: permanent           Richard   Exclusion rates     Additional staff
children and young people        Review and refine managed moves and              exclusions down by        Landy /                       for behaviour
excluded from school and         include in School/LEA Partnership                20%; fixed term down by   Mark                          support; staff
reintegrate any child or young   agreements                                       10%                       Beaucha                       time
person excluded from school                                                                                 mp
into appropriate education       Develop protocol with schools.
(within two weeks)               Expand options for placing excluded children
                                                                                                                                          Staff time
                                                                                  9/09: 90% of pupils                                     Costs of
                                                                                  placed within 2 weeks                                   developing
                                                                                  9/12: 100% of pupils                Placement rates     extra provision
                                                                                  placed within 2 weeks                                   (through
                                                                                                                                          modernisation
                                                                                                                                          programme,
                                                                                                                                          complementary
                                                                                                                                          provision)


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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                           PLANNED ACTIONS                       TIMESCALE/DESIRED             LEAD        METHOD OF             Resource
                                                                                            OUTCOME              OFFICER     MEASUREMENT            Implications
8. Support the dissemination       ESIS to plan and deliver an extensive            During 2008-09: an           Dafydd     ESIS Officer           Better Schools
and development of the new         programme of training and focused support to     effective programme of       Roberts,   analysis of training   Fund
skills based curriculum in order   assist schools in effectively implementing the   training is delivered.       ESIS       evaluation forms.
to improve standards.              new curriculum from September 2008. This         Effective advisory           Link                              Officer Time
                                   training and support will focus on:              support is provided to all   Advisers
                                                                                    schools that request it.
                                      Specific subject issues relating to          All schools effectively
                                       changes in the new skills based              implement the new skills
                                       curriculum;                                  based curriculum and
                                      Implications for teaching and learning;      standards are
                                      Developing thinking and learning;            maintained or improved.
                                      Implications of Skills framework;
                                      Assessment, recording and reporting; and     100% of schools achieve
                                      Developing continuity and progression.       WJEC accredited centre
                                                                                    status for KS3
                                   Establish strategy to secure consistency and     assessment. 100% of
                                   rigour in KS2 and KS3 teacher assessment         KS2 teacher assessment
                                                                                    secure.
                                   Monitor and evaluate the impact of the                                                   Impact of
                                   implementation of the new skills based           Standards and the                       implementation
                                   curriculum on standards and the quality of       quality of provision are                evaluated by link
                                   provision.                                       evaluated and used to                   advisers through
                                                                                    disseminate good                        the review and
                                                                                    practice, inform future                 development
                                                                                    training programmes and                 programme.
                                                                                    target LEA support for
                                                                                    schools.                                Officer analysis of
                                                                                                                            Estyn inspection
                                                                                                                            reports and schools
                                                                                                                            attainment data.


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     Directorate Priority – C.2 Create schools which are fit for purpose and valued by their communities


   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                 PLANNED ACTIONS                    TIMESCALE/DESIRED                LEAD             METHOD OF             Resource
                                                                                OUTCOME               OFFICER           MEASUREMENT           Implications
1. Amalgamate 5 sets of      Consultation.                            9/08: schools open            Julie Griffiths    Completion targets   Staff time
primary schools – Brackla,   Plan for staffing and school             12/09: complete Pencoed       School heads       met.                 Funding for
Oldcastle and Pencoed to     organisation. Design work and build      feasibility                   and                User satisfaction    build/refurb
open September 2008 and      planned.                                 9/11: all new build and       Governing          survey.
Tremains and Litchard to                                              refurb complete for           Bodies             Project review
open September 2009 (Phase   Consultation.                            Oldcastle and Brackla                            PMB
1 projects)                  Plan for staffing and school             9/09: schools open
                             organisation. Design work and build      9/12: all new build and
                             planned.                                 refurb complete


2. Complete Phase „0‟                                                                               Ann Rees           Completion targets   Staff time
projects:                                                                                           Julie Griffiths    met.                 Revenue funded
  Develop a new primary                                                                                               Project review.      (£30k secured).
   school for Pen-y-fai      Arrange interim nursery provision.                                                        User satisfaction    Building funding
                             Carry out interim refurbishment works.   September 2008                                   survey.              secured.
                             Progress CPO to enable new school                                                         PMB
                             build to continue.
                             Public inquiry to proceed.
                             New school operational.                  September 2011

 Complete build of new      Contractors start on site                July 08                       Julie Griffiths/   Completion targets   SPaR team time
  Caerau Primary school      Staff appointments                       Full staffing complement in   Trevor Guy         met.                 £7.6m budget
                                                                      place March 09                                   Project review.
                             Headteacher takes up post                Jan 09                                           User satisfaction
                             Decant and set-up                        Sept 09                                          survey.
                             School opens                             School fully operational                         PMB
                                                                      Oct 09 and within budget

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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                      PLANNED ACTIONS                  TIMESCALE/DESIRED              LEAD              METHOD OF            Resource
                                                                               OUTCOME                   OFFICER          MEASUREMENT           Implications
 Work with the Roman             Work with Archdioceses to assist with                                                  Completion targets   Central
  Catholic Archdiocese to         appointment of contractor to progress                                                  met.                 contribution (£3m
  build a school to replace       new school scheme.                      October 2008                                   Project review.      agreed funding)
  Archbishop McGrath on the       Progress authority interest in                                                         User satisfaction
  designated site in Brackla      community provision at the school in                                                   survey.
                                  relation to VAT issue.                  December 2009                                  PMB.
                                  Assist with project to achieve new
                                  school opening.

 Relocate Maesteg                Complete works according to project     9/08: schools open           Julie Griffiths   Completion targets   Additional
  Comprehensive School to         plan                                    9/11: YGG works                                met.                 resources for
  new, purpose-built premises                                             complete and school                            User satisfaction    YGG Llangynwyd
  and open a new Welsh                                                    operating effectively                          survey.              (£800,000)
  medium secondary school                                                                                                Project review
                                                                                                                         PMB

3. Develop proposals for a        Review of accommodation in                                           Julie Griffiths   Completion targets   Staff time
new school to the north of        Bryntirion Comprehensive School and                                                    met.                 106 monies
Bridgend town in the Parc         develop scheme.                         12/09: PIDs agreed                                                  Funding
Derwen/Coity area and other       Feasibility study to review number of                                                                       additional to 106
developments using section        pupil places in Bryncethin area.        9/09: feasibility work                                              monies
106 funds.                        Commence feasibility and planning       complete
                                  process in terms of the development
                                  of the Parc Derwen school.              3/10: funding secured

4. Progress phase 2 projects:     Cabinet decision on proposals arising   12/08: Cabinet decision on   Chris Lewis       Reports to HoS,      Staff time;
  Complete an appraisal of       from feasibility.                       preferred options                              EMG, PMB/ O&S,       feasibility costs.
   options for school provision   Consultation and further planning as    Depending on Cabinet                           Cabinet              Development/buil
   in the                         necessary.                              decision:                    Julie Griffiths                        d costs
   Pyle/Cornelly/Cynffig/Cefn     Cabinet decision on proposals arising   6/09: further feasibility    Gaynor
   Cribbwr area                   from feasibility.                       complete                     Thomas

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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                        PLANNED ACTIONS                   TIMESCALE/DESIRED             LEAD             METHOD OF              Resource
                                                                                    OUTCOME                OFFICER          MEASUREMENT            Implications
                                    Consultation and further planning as   8/09: final decisions
                                    necessary.                             followed by implementation
                                                                           programme as funding
 Complete an appraisal of          Options appraisal.                     permits
  options of secondary school       Report to EMG/CMB/O&S/Cabinet.         8/08: Cabinet decision
  provision in the Gateway to       Conduct feasibility to investigate     Depending on Cabinet
  the Valleys area and              Cabinet recommendation .               decision:
  progress the proposal to          Report to Cabinet.                     7/09: consultation
  create a single school to         Carry of consultation processes as     process complete
  serve learners and the            required and plan to implement         9/10 single school opens
  wider community                   proposals                              on split-site
                                                                           7/11: build programme
                                                                           commences
 Complete an appraisal of                                                 4/09: Options appraisal
  options for Ysgol Bryn                                                   finalised
  Castell                                                                  6/09: cabinet decision
                                                                           11/09: feasibility complete
                                                                           4/10: Cabinet decision on
                                                                           long-term plan

5. Identify priority projects for   Set up feasibility and option          9/09: Feasibility completed   Julie Griffiths   Completion targets    Staff time;
Phase 3 of the School               appraisals as per programme in AMP     for Bryntirion, Bryncethin                      met. and plans        feasibility costs
Modernisation Programme                                                    7/10: Options appraisals                        agreed (Directorate
                                                                           completed for Garw Valley                       review processes      Staff time
                                                                                                                           and PMB)

6. Complete the review of the       Compile overview of school funding     September 2008                H Anthony         Position taken into   Officer time and
school funding formula              position.                                                                              account in Budget     consultants.
                                    Review premises funding.               March 2009                    D Exton           Strategy.             School Funding
                                    Review ALN funding.                    March 2009                                      Proposals agreed      Review Group.
                                    Agree timescale for future work.                                                       through

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  SERVICE OBJECTIVE                        PLANNED ACTIONS                    TIMESCALE/DESIRED                LEAD           METHOD OF              Resource
                                                                                  OUTCOME                     OFFICER       MEASUREMENT             Implications
                                                                                                                           consultation with
                                                                                                                           governing bodies
                                                                                                                           and implemented
                                                                                                                           April 2009.

7. Support and promote the         Encourage schools to sign up to the       „Sign up sheet‟ completed      Emma Davies    Number of              Staff time
Community Focused Schools          CFS agenda.                               by 20 schools                  Ann Rees       completed „sign up
programme to encourage the                                                   December 2008                  Jean Gregson   sheets‟
development of after school
activities, closer links between   Develop a Learning Communities:    Strategy developed.                                  Strategy developed
schools and their                  Community Focused Schools Strategy March 2009                                           and approved by
communities and more school        based on the Policy & Guidance                                                          HoS / CFS
facilities being open to           document.                                                                               Consultative group
everyone outside school                                                                                                    / EMG / WAG
hours
                                   Encourage BCBC to include CFS as          CFS part of the criteria for                  Number of grants
                                   part of the criteria for allocating       grants to schools (where                      with CFS as part of
                                   funding grants to schools.                possible)                                     the funding criteria
                                                                             March 2009
8. Produce a BCBC position         Consultation with internal and external   7/09: Agreed vision for        Hilary         Completion targets     Staff time
statement to show how the          partners.                                 schools of the future in       Anthony with         met              Appointment of
shared vision for schools of       Draft for consultation.                   place, along with outline      Trevor Guy /                          commissioning
the future as community hubs       Project plan and team assembled.          change programme.              Richard                               manager
can be translated into             Cabinet/Council agreement.                School/LEA partnership         Landy /
practice.                          Publish.                                  agreements capture             Lindsay
                                   Involve school leaders, governors,        shared vision and              Harper
                                   and key community workers in a            approaches.
                                   development programme to prepare
                                   for the changing demands upon
                                   leaders and managers in reconfigured
                                   educational/community provision.

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  SERVICE OBJECTIVE                       PLANNED ACTIONS                     TIMESCALE/DESIRED              LEAD             METHOD OF               Resource
                                                                                      OUTCOME             OFFICER           MEASUREMENT              Implications
9. Manage the schools‟            Determine cyclical and planned            Planned maintenance         Dave Gobey         Evidenced by           Directorate‟s
assets in line with agreed        maintenance requirements in line with     schedule complete by end    & Julie            completed plan         R&M allocation of
programme priorities and          budget provision and in consultation      of April.                   Griffiths          and programme          revenue and
taking account of:                with property department.                 Feasibility studies         Gaynor             outcomes.              capital budget,
- maintenance and repair,         Ensure that all feasibility studies and                               Thomas,            Individual             together with
    integral planning process;    school reviews undertaken as part of      Desired outcome – fully     Chris Lewis        feasibility studies    elements of
- changing circumstances          the schools‟ modernisation                worked up studies for all   and Julie          and review reports.    annual SBIG
    (e.g. housing                 programme include a detailed review       proposals.                  Griffiths (plus    Monthly PMB            formula funded
    developments);                of changing pupil needs,                  Monthly review of           new PO1/2          reports, directorate   as agreed with
- community and partner           community/partner                         programme schedule in       post).             programme/project      programme
    needs;                        requirements/curriculum changes and       line with monthly           Julie Griffiths.   meetings, regular      manager and
- curriculum needs;               health and safety issues.                 Corporate Programme         Julie Griffiths.   1:1 meetings with      Project delivery
- health and safety               Regularly review schools‟                 Management Board (PMB)                         project managers       dependent on
    considerations;               modernisation programme and               reporting.                                     and regular 1:1        staff resources,
- deliver to required time,       schedule of projects.                     See individual projects                        meeting with           internal funding,
    cost, quality and scope       All projects to be assigned a project     schedules following.                           programme              sale of assets,
                                  manager and managed in line with the                                                     manager.               prudential
                                  authority‟s project delivery toolkit.                                                                           borrowing and
                                                                                                                                                  grant provision.

10. Deliver management and        Develop a cohesive, structured quality    Programme produced by       Richard            Event evaluations      LEA Officer time
leadership programmes that        leadership and management                 September 2008 and          Landy / Les                               ESIS Advisor
support and develop present       programme in order to                     implemented in remainder    Phillips /         Scrutiny of Estyn      time
and future effective leaders of   - nurture leaders and managers at all     of 2008-09                  Trevor Guy         inspection             Better Schools
our schools.                      levels.                                                               (Governors)        judgements for Key     Fund
                                  - nurture best practice and well judged   Training and support                           Questions 5 and 6      Senior
                                  innovation in leadership and              targeted at the following                                             Leadership and
                                  management.                               groups:                                                               Management
                                  - help create sustainable leadership       - aspiring leaders and                                               grant
                                  and management and plan for                   managers
                                  leadership succession at all levels.       - deputy headteachers

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  SERVICE OBJECTIVE                    PLANNED ACTIONS                    TIMESCALE/DESIRED             LEAD        METHOD OF          Resource
                                                                              OUTCOME                  OFFICER     MEASUREMENT        Implications
                               - improve the quality of leadership and   - headteachers
                               management at all levels
                                                                         By April 2009, 95% of
                                                                         Estyn school inspection
                                                                         judgements for Key
                                                                         Question 5 to be at grades
                                                                         1 or 2

11. Conduct a review of, and   Consult on proposals for Bridgend         3/09: complete               Mark        Reports to HoS,   Staff time
change school catchment        West catchment changes.                   consultation and adjust      Beauchamp   EMG, Cabinet
areas where necessary          Conduct catchment review of Phase 1       admissions policy
                               and 2 schools.                            7/09: complete review of
                                                                         phase 1 & 2 areas and
                                                                         schedule consultation as
                                                                         necessary
                                                                         3/10: complete
                                                                         consultation and adjust
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    Directorate Priority – C.3 Include as many children and young people with additional learning needs as possible
    within mainstream schools

   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                        PLANNED ACTIONS                       TIMESCALE/DESIRED                LEAD         METHOD OF              Resource
                                                                                        OUTCOME                  OFFICER      MEASUREMENT            Implications
1. Implement new models of         Analyse and evaluate the reasons for        September 2008 -                 Nichola      Scrutiny of data on    Officer time
provision for children with        the current over-capacity in the            Appropriate placement of         Jones        placement of MLD
moderate learning difficulties     provision for pupils with MLD.              MLD pupils through                            pupils
and extend inclusion for                                                       establishment of set criteria.                                       Possible
children with moderate             Set criteria for all new applications for                                                                        ancillary
learning difficulties based on     MLD placements.                                                                                                  support initially
maximum access to
mainstream curriculum where        Through the annual review process           September 2009 -Increased
appropriate.                       begin to reintegrate MLD pupils no          capacity of schools to                                               BSF funding for
                                   longer meeting the criteria.                provide for pupils with MLD                                          training schools
                                                                               in mainstream.
                                   Implement range of training specified
                                   in LEA training plan (September
                                   2008/July 2009)

2. Extend provision for children   Review the current organisation of the      Sept 08 - July 09                Nichola      Level of referrals     Management
with emotional and                 BSS                                         Staged implementation of         Jones        at school action       time
behavioural difficulties in                                                    action plan                                   plus to outside
mainstream schools and             Follow up consultant report with action                                      Behaviour    agencies less          Appointment of
develop schools‟ capacity to       plan                                    Sept 08 - July 09 Training           Support      requests for one-to-   2 behaviour
promote positive behaviour                                                 plan devised to develop              Task Group   one support.           support
                                   Build school capacity to support        school capacity to support                                               teachers
                                   EBSD pupils                             „low risk‟ pupils.

                                   Ensure staff are appropriately skilled      Sept 08 - July 09                                                    Initial Officer
                                   to support pupils with EBSD                 Provision of advice and                                              time to develop
                                                                               support through specialist                                           operational
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  SERVICE OBJECTIVE                     PLANNED ACTIONS                    TIMESCALE/DESIRED               LEAD       METHOD OF              Resource
                                                                                  OUTCOME                 OFFICER    MEASUREMENT           Implications
                               Set up referral and assessment           teacher and delivery of LEA                                       systems
                               systems identifying pupils requiring     training plan.
                               additional resources and processes
                               for monitoring pupil progress. Provide
                               schools with provision map of service.

3. Develop baseline             Consult with Heads re: reorganisation   September 2009 -                 Amanda     Scrutiny of data on   WAG MEAG
assessments and a resource      of resources to create team of          Create a centralised team of     Kelland    assessment and        grant and
pack for pupils with English as centralised support staff.              support staff to provide short              progress of EAL       additional core
an additional language                                                  term support for new arrivals               pupils                funding for
                                Extend provision for pupils for whom                                                                      service
                                English is an additional language by    Produce/launch new arrivals
                                reorganising resources to achieve       into pack for schools
                                greater efficiency and provide EAL
                                toolkit for schools, with training.

                               Continue Acippio NZE virtual
                               classroom provision.

                               Explore joint arrangements with other
                               LEAs.




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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                    PLANNED ACTIONS                   TIMESCALE/DESIRED                LEAD       METHOD OF              Resource
                                                                                OUTCOME                  OFFICER    MEASUREMENT            Implications
4. Ensure all schools have      Support schools in developing          Inclusive school environment     Nichola    Scrutiny of schools‟   Officer time
effective disability equality   Disability Equality Schemes and in     as outlined in schools‟          Jones      accessibility plans
plans in place.                 updating their Accessibility Plans,    accessibility plans.                        and disability
                                monitor and evaluate these plans and                                               equality schemes
                                provide feedback to schools.
                                                                       All schools to submit
                                All schools to attend                  updated accessibility plans
                                duties/responsibilities information    to the AIS by the end of the
                                session run by the AIS in May 2008,    summer term 2008 for
                                outlining schools responsibilities     consideration by accessibility
                                under the DDA. Follow up training      task group. Concerns to be
                                session outlining practical examples   raised with individual schools
                                and case studies June 2008.            with follow-up visits.

                                The development of exemplary           Schools to submit disability
                                disability equality scheme for         equality schemes October
                                primary/secondary schools to be        2008 for consideration by the
                                developed and sent to all schools      task group and concerns
                                June 2008.                             followed up with individual
                                                                       schools through initial and
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    Directorate Priority – C.4 Provide more relevant learning opportunities for those at risk of failing in mainstream
    education.
   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                           PLANNED ACTIONS                      TIMESCALE/DESIRED             LEAD           METHOD OF              Resource
                                                                                          OUTCOME                OFFICER       MEASUREMENT            Implications
1. Ensure that children and        Develop protocol with schools and other         9/09: number of pupils      Mark            Placement rates       Staff time
young people excluded from         providers                                       not receiving 25 hours      Beauchamp       and levels of         Costs of
school receive their learning      Expand options for placing excluded children,   reduced by 50%                              provision             developing
entitlement and are quickly re-    school refusers etc.                            9/12: 100% of pupils                                              extra
integrated into an appropriate                                                     receiving 25 hours                                                provision
setting.                                                                                                                                             (through
                                                                                                                                                     modernisation
                                                                                                                                                     programme,
                                                                                                                                                     complementar
                                                                                                                                                     y provision)

2. With partners, develop a        Collate information and work with partners in   Updated Option Menu         Kath Durbin     The Bridgend 14-      Officer time
comprehensive, co-ordinated        order to produce a comprehensive 14-19          completed and                               19 Network will       funded from
and carefully planned pattern      Option Menu for 2008/09.                        disseminated by July                        monitor and           core budget.
of learning provision 14-19                                                        2008.                       Jeannette       measure
 Extend and improve the           Produce uniform key stage 4 and post 16                                     Denley          progress towards      Additional
   local Option Menu and the       Option Booklets for all schools which reflect   Uniform Option Booklets                     the achievement       capacity and
   quality of the learning         the range of learning opportunities available   produced to an agreed                       of these identified   consultancy
   experience for all 14-19        across the borough.                             schedule between                            service               will be
   year old learners and work                                                      February and May 2009.      Angela Davies   objectives, and       required to
   closely with all partners to    Introduce co-ordinated learning pathways                                    Nicola Lewis    actions through       assist with the
                                                                                   Identify and agree
   develop a comprehensive         across 3 curriculum areas in the post 16                                                    their regular         delivery of
                                                                                   curriculum areas and
   and carefully planned           phase from September 2008 onwards. Begin                                                    schedule of           the planned
                                                                                   produce operational
   pattern of learning provision   to plan for further harmonisation of                                                        meetings.             actions
                                                                                   protocols to underpin and
   14-19.                          timetabling arrangements from September                                                     These objectives      identified
                                                                                   sustain the new
                                   2009.                                                                                       form part of the      against this
                                                                                   arrangements by July
                                                                                                                               Network‟s Annual      service
                                                                                   2008.
                                   Roll out the WBQ qualification across the                                                   Development           objective.
                                                                                   Increase the number of
                                   county borough by facilitating the sharing of                                               Plan for 2008/09.     These costs
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    SERVICE OBJECTIVE                        PLANNED ACTIONS                       TIMESCALE/DESIRED            LEAD          METHOD OF            Resource
                                                                                         OUTCOME               OFFICER     MEASUREMENT            Implications
                                 best practice, developing a programme of         centres offering the WBQ                 The Plan is           will be met via
                                 Inset, working with and learning from the        from 4 to 5 by September                 reviewed              the 14-19
                                 experiences of WBQ students and supporting       2008.                                    regularly by the      ANDP
                                 new centres.                                                                              Welsh Assembly
                                                                                                                           Government            Officer time
   Strengthen                   Continue to pilot the WFLP in Automotive         Ensure a 100%              Kath Durbin   (WAG).                funded from
    complementary curriculum     Skills in key stage 4 and work with WAG to       completion and                           The Bridgend 14-      the core
    arrangements by              plan for the roll out of this pathway to a new   attainment rate for the                  19 Network will       budget.
    introducing a more           cohort / school from September 2008              students currently                       monitor and           14-19 grant
    centrally co-ordinated and   onwards.                                         following this course by                 measure               monies.
    efficient approach,                                                           July 2009.                               progress towards      Capital -
    maximising the benefits of   Appoint a part-time bilingual champion for the   6) Bilingual champion                    the achievement       £113k
    Studio 34 Skills to reduce   borough to promote and increase formal and       appointed by September                   of these identified   Revenue –
    those young people           non-formal learning opportunities through the    2008.                                    service objectives    £50k
    identified as NEET at 17.    medium of Welsh.                                                                          by receiving
                                                                                                                           regular reports       Learning
                                 Complete the refurbishment programme for                                                  from the Skills       Coach activity
                                 the 14-19 Skills Centre.                                                                  Centre                will be funded
                                                                                                                           Management            via the 14-19
   Improve opportunities for    Finalise and fund the formal and non-formal      Refurbishment              Kath Durbin   Board.                Network.
    young people to access       curriculum to be provided at the centre for      completed by September                                         Total grant
    informal and non formal      post 16 learners.                                2008.                                    These objectives      allocation
    accredited learning                                                                                                    form part of the      £162k.
    pathways.                    Develop and implement an appropriate             Curriculum set by July                   Network‟s Annual
                                 induction and support programme to enable        2008.                                    Development           Extra staff
                                 learners to make a successful transition to                                               Plan for 2008/09.     time
                                 the Skills Centre programme.                     Induction operating by                   The Plan is           Accreditation
                                                                                  July 2008.                               subject to regular    costs and
                                 Produce documentation in appropriate and                                                  review by the         staff time
                                 accessible formats which will inform learners,   By September 2008.                       Welsh Assembly        Accreditation
                                 parents / carers and providers about the                                                  Government            costs

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SERVICE OBJECTIVE               PLANNED ACTIONS                        TIMESCALE/DESIRED            LEAD       METHOD OF          Resource
                                                                            OUTCOME                OFFICER   MEASUREMENT         Implications
                    learning opportunities available at the centre.   By September 2008.                     (WAG).

                    Develop a business plan and operational           Identify and select                    Two appropriated
                    protocols to govern the centre‟s staffing         specific learning coach                packages
                    structure and management arrangements.            settings and allocate                  purchased
                                                                      funding by July 2008.
                    Provide additional learning coach capacity in     Continue to monitor                    Moderation of
                    up to 15 different settings and target this       emerging models of best                delivered courses
                    support at new learning pathways or specific      practice. On-going.
                    groups of learners. Deliver learning coach                                               Evaluation of
                    training as appropriate.                                                                 packages
                                                                                                             Moderation
                    Identify new accredited opportunities that link   July 2008                  Jeanette    panels
                    to the emotional health of young people.          Six staff trained in the   Denley      Review baseline
                                                                      delivery of accredited                 assessments for.
                    Develop accredited opportunities that target      emotional health
                    the barriers to education and mainstream          packages.                              Baseline
                    provision.                                        Packages delivered to                  assessments
                                                                      forty five young people                and evaluation of
                    Establish and identify the individual needs of    who are NEET.                          appropriate
                    young people who are NEET, Through                                                       courses
                    baseline assessments.                             September 2008
                                                                      Examine various
                                                                      accredited opportunities
                                                                      and establish and pilot,
                                                                      most appropriate
                                                                      emotional health
                                                                      package.

                                                                      March 2009
                                                                      From information

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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                          PLANNED ACTIONS                         TIMESCALE/DESIRED          LEAD           METHOD OF            Resource
                                                                                            OUTCOME             OFFICER        MEASUREMENT          Implications
                                                                                     provided by baseline
                                                                                     assessments, develop
                                                                                     appropriate pathway.

3. Monitor the effectiveness of   To collect, collate and review the anti-bullying   September 2008 Provide   Alun Lawthom     Number of anti-     Staff Time
schools‟ anti-bullying polices    policies developed by schools within the           feedback on numbers of                    bullying policies
                                  County Borough                                     policies and rating of                    received; The
                                                                                     their coverage                            degree of
                                                                                                                               comprehensive
                                                                                                                               coverage
                                                                                                                               reflecting the
                                                                                                                               County Borough
                                                                                                                               Guidelines


    Directorate Priority – C.5 Improve the way we work, including with partners.
   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                      PLANNED ACTIONS                    TIMESCALE/DESIRED              LEAD          METHOD OF              Resource
                                                                                   OUTCOME               OFFICER        MEASUREMENT            Implications
1. Devise and implement the       Develop and get approval for              October 2008.               All Heads of   Structure agreed.      Staff time.
structure for the new             structures for middle management of                                   Service
Children‟s Directorate;           each service area.
maximising the benefits of
integrating services.             Appoint staff to structure.               By December 2008.                          Posts filled.

                                  Review Level 1 posts.                     April 2009.                                Reviews completed

                                  Develop plan for integration of           April 2009.                                Plan in place
                                  activities.

2. Implement a Commissioning      Establish a commissioning team;           Timescale and outcomes      Trevor Guy     Reports to EMG         Staff time
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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                     PLANNED ACTIONS                     TIMESCALE/DESIRED             LEAD           METHOD OF             Resource
                                                                                   OUTCOME               OFFICER        MEASUREMENT           Implications
Strategy to make the right      Develop the Commissioning Toolkit;         as per project plan.         Les Jones      and CMB               Appointment of
services available to the       Train teams undertaking                    03/11: Commissioning                        O&S and Cabinet       commissioning
children who need them.         commissioning activity;                    strategy demonstrating                      reports               manager
                                Implement commissioning plans;             improved outcomes for                       CYPP reports          Design and
                                Procure services which meet needs          children and young people                                         Publication
                                and give value for money;                  as per commissioning plan                                         costs
                                Establish robust monitoring                measures and VFM.                                                 Training costs.
                                arrangements;
                                Develop a joint commissioning
                                strategy and practice.

3. Develop models for           Research potential for joint working in    6/09: Options report gives   Trevor Guy /   Report to CMB/LSB     Staff time
integrated service delivery.    multi-agency teams and conduct             clear steer on preferred     Les Jones
                                options appraisal on different             model for multi-agency
                                operational models, aligned to areas       working
                                of greatest need.
                              1.
4. Progress implementation of 1. Implement training plan                   ICS implemented in           Layton         Draig fully live re   Staff time and
the Integrated Children‟s                                                  Safeguarding & Family        Skilton        ICS                   training costs
System and Assessment                                                      Support Service
Framework (CAF)                                                            Dec 2008 to Sept 2009                       Reduced number of
                                                                                                                       children who are
                                                                                                                       a) looked after
                                Establish agreed threshold criteria for    December 2008                Lindsay             b) on CPR
                                service provision at different levels of                                Harper          Reduced number
                                need                                                                                   of referrals to
                                                                                                                       Safeguarding &
                                Coordinate family support provision        Targeted Family support                     Family Support
                                across the country                         provision at appropriate                    Service
                                                                           level of need
                                                                           April 2009

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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                     PLANNED ACTIONS                    TIMESCALE/DESIRED               LEAD          METHOD OF            Resource
                                                                                  OUTCOME                 OFFICER       MEASUREMENT          Implications
5. Develop and manage data        Develop and maintain a central          03/09: Draig/Arete project     Les Howells   Feedback from end   Staff time
information systems to support    source of management information.       complete                                     users               Possible staff
managers and their services,      Liaise with Heads of Service for        09/09: MIS data flows                                            training costs
and make statutory returns        Learning and for Safeguarding and       meeting deadlines,                           EMG review          Training
including an integrated system    Family Support to develop research      standards of accuracy and                    C and E Group       materials
for linking PIs as in QBR, NSF,   and management information.             requirements of managers.                    report              costs(existing
frameworks to real outcomes       Manage the collection, quality                                                       Positive feedback   budget)
for children and young people.    assurance and collation of                                                           from QBR            Software
                                  performance and other data for the                                                                       licensing
                                  directorate.                                                                                             costs(existing
                                  Manage the production of                                                                                 budget)
                                  management information, , including                                                                      Training venue
                                  data digests, reports, charts, tables                                                                    costs(existing
                                  and maps.                                                                                                budget)
                                  Manage the provision of advice and
                                  support for schools for PLASC,
                                  Attendance and other statutory
                                  returns.

                                  Audit PI demands                        03/09: audit complete and
                                  Devise model for management of PIs      model agreed
                                  and outcomes                            09/09 PI/outcome
                                  Training and implementation             management linked
                                  programme                               effectively to planning and
                                                                          review systems, facilitating
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    SERVICE OBJECTIVE                     PLANNED ACTIONS                     TIMESCALE/DESIRED                LEAD         METHOD OF              Resource
                                                                                   OUTCOME                   OFFICER       MEASUREMENT           Implications
6. Develop and implement a       Produce & implement practice                September 2008                 Jane Cullen   Guidance in place     Staff time
Quality Assurance Strategy for   guidance to ensure that all referrals                                                                          Training Costs
Children‟s Directorate to        that give cause to suspect significant                                     Principal     Case file audit
improve quality and              harm are investigated, particularly         Children safeguarded from      Officer       reports
consistency of practice:         allegations of abuse made by                abuse                          Safeguardin                         (key agencies)
                                 children.                                   October 2008                   g             Risk assessment       Additional
   Improve practice in          Develop & implement a model of risk                                        Reviewing     model identified      Reviewing post
    safeguarding vulnerable      assessment to explicitly assess             Improved safeguarding of       QA                                  (costed)
    children.                    whether a child is exposed to risk of       children                                     Process integrated    Upgrade of
                                 harm.                                       September 2008                               with in ICS           support
                                                                                                            Principal                           workers once
   Sustain and improve          Review current training programme           Improved quality of core       Officer       Revised training      qualified
    performance in timeliness    to ensure inclusion of planning             assessments                    Safeguardin   programme             Resources to
    of response and              assessments, including risk                                                g                                   fund cost of
    compliance with              assessment, recognition of indicators       Improved safeguarding of       Reviewing     Case file audit       independent
    safeguarding legislation     of abuse, particularly sexual &             children                       QA            reports               visitors
    and guidance.                domestic abuse.                             October 2008                                 Guidance in place

                                 Produce & implement procedural              Informed planning to meet                    Case file audit
                                 guidance to ensure timely core              children and young                           reports
                                 assessments completed for all               people‟s needs                               Case file audit
                                 children                                    August 2008                                  reports
                                                                                                                          % of outline CP
                                 a) in respect of whom child protection      More effective protection of                 Plans
                                 enquiries have been instigated              vulnerable children
                                                                             June 2008                                    % of short breaks
                                 b) who have become looked after                                                          reviewed as LAC
                                                                             Multi-agency commitment                      % of cases
                                 c) who have complex needs                   to effective planning &                      allocated to
                                                                             service provision                            unqualified worker
                                 Audit case files to ensure that all child   November 2008                                Independent Visitor

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    SERVICE OBJECTIVE                 PLANNED ACTIONS                     TIMESCALE/DESIRED           LEAD           METHOD OF        Resource
                                                                                 OUTCOME             OFFICER       MEASUREMENT       Implications
                              protection processes and social work      All relevant children                     Service
                              visits are conducted according to         reviewed as looked after                  established
                                                                        children
                              procedures, recorded clearly and          October 2008
                              endorsed by line managers.
                              Outline child protection plans to be      All looked after children
                              formulated at child protection            have a social worker as
                              conferences when a child is               their case manager by
                              registered.                               September 2010

                              Procedural guidance to be written and     November 2008
                              implemented to ensure that the local
                              authority complies with statute and       Looked after children
                              regulation in respect of short term       supported in stable
                              placements of children.                   placements

                              Produce 2 year plan for ensuring that
                              all looked after children have a social
                              worker as their case manager

                              Make arrangements to provide an
                              independent visitor‟s service for
                              looked after children who require it.

   Develop generic quality   Review QA and performance                 9/10 Present report and     Les Howells   Report outcomes   Staff time
    assurance practices       management systems.                       EMG to action as
    across the Directorate                                              necessary
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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                     PLANNED ACTIONS                    TIMESCALE/DESIRED              LEAD          METHOD OF            Resource
                                                                                  OUTCOME                OFFICER       MEASUREMENT           Implications
7. Improve the range of Youth    Contact and establish working            July 2009                     Jeanette      Increased use of      Capital
Services available in evenings   relationship with town and community                                   Denley        buildings and         expenditure.
and at weekends by working       councils to establish what buildings                                                 construction of new
with Town and Community          currently exist for community use in                                                 buildings.
Councils and local               the local communities of Bridgend,
organisations to increase use    Pencoed and Maesteg.
of existing buildings.           Purchase or lease new buildings for
                                 the implementation of youth provision
                                 in the areas mentioned.

8. Develop a strategy for        Manage the Intranet Information Zone     03/09: strategy mapped        Les Howells   User survey           Staff time
improving communication          and Internet for the Directorate         and team managers                           SMG feedback
within the directorate.          Liaise with Heads of Service for         supportive.                                 Communication
                                 Learning and for Safeguarding and        07/09: services well                        and Efficiencies
                                 Family Support to develop Web pages      informed and                                Group monitoring
                                 and content                              communicating effectively
                                 Coordinate Project Communication         with external and internal
                                 Plans with PR and web presence           partners
                                 Establish Intranet pages for Schools
                                 Manage processes of feedback
9. Promote equalities across     Audit policies and practices for         03/09: equalities issues      Les Jones     HoS/Group             Staff time
the directorate.                 equalities compliance.                   addressed as matter of                      manager               Training costs
                                 Build equalities in to self-evaluation   routine; policies and                       monitoring
                                 process.                                 practices all compliant                     EMG review
                                 Devise, with HR, training programme                                                  Corporate health
                                 as necessary.                                                                        checks
10. Monitoring and the           Reconfigure CYPP development and         12/08: Partnership strategy   Les Jones     Feedback from         Staff time
implementation of the CYP        support functions.                       published with                              children and young    Participation
plan                             Develop the working relationships        implementation plan                         people through        strategy costs –
                                 across the CYP Partnership.              03/09: team and support                     Participation         meetings,
                                 Co-ordinate implementation of the        roles determined and                        mechanisms.           consultations,
                                 CYP Plan and track progress.             working effectively; Audit                  Regular reports to    publications,
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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                 PLANNED ACTIONS                   TIMESCALE/DESIRED              LEAD         METHOD OF           Resource
                                                                             OUTCOME                 OFFICER     MEASUREMENT          Implications
                             Put in place systems for updating the   of Need review system in                   CYPP on progress     website
                             CYPP audit of need and service          place                                      against outcome.
                             providers.                              07/09: CYP Plan review of                  Annual report on
                             Finalise and implement the              Year 1 and update of plan                  NSF measures.
                             Participation Strategy;                 (measures as per Plan)
                             Engage more closely with children,      07/09: partnerships
                             young people, parents and local         strategy drafted
                             communities in identifying needs and
                             determining priorities.
                             Develop wider partnerships at
                             regional and national levels to
                             advance priorities, share good
                             practice and gain efficiencies.

11. Review residential in-   Analyse usage of in-house residential   Clear understand of the        Val Jones   Stated options for   Within existing
house provision.             care                                    options of retaining, in its               future service       resources
                                                                     current form, residential                  provision
                             Profile resident children and young     care for Children in the
                             people                                  County Borough.
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    Directorate Priority – C.6 Promote early intervention and prevention


   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                     PLANNED ACTIONS                   TIMESCALE/DESIRED                 LEAD         METHOD OF           Resource
                                                                                OUTCOME                     OFFICER     MEASUREMENT         Implications
1. Complete the development      Seek endorsement of strategy by         September 2008                   Lindsay      Quarterly            Staff time
of, and implement, a Child and   Children & Young People‟s                                                Harper       monitoring reports
Family Support strategy.         Partnership                             Coherent service provision                    to CYPP
                                                                         across Bridgend, agreed by
                                 Re-commission Cymorth projects and      all partners with clear stated                No. of children      Cymorth
                                 Local Authority service level           outcomes and methods of                       looked after on      funding
                                 agreements in line with strategy        measurement established                       Child Protection
                                                                                                                       Register
                                                                         Reduce number of children
                                                                         requiring public care or
                                                                         placed on Child Protection
                                                                         Register

2. Develop a co-ordinated        Recruit team manager.                   Increased managerial             Linda Dann   Monitor number of    Cost of
strategy for children with                                               capacity.                                     CwD on Disability    surveys
disabilities.                                                                                                          Register             Staff time
                                 Establish a multi agency task team to   Strategy to improve service                                        Consultancy
                                 map current provision and produce       provision.                                    Increase in child    costs
                                 strategy                                                                              protection
                                                                                                                       consultations with
                                 Implement child protection/disability   Enhanced child protection                     the assessment
                                 training programme.                     knowledge and skills in team                  team
                                                                                                                       Carer and user
                                                                                                                       surveys reduction
                                                                                                                       in complaints
                                 Progress policy and procedural work     Improved service provision                    Recording of unmet
                                 with Adult Services.                    from childhood into                           need
                                                                         adulthood.

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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                      PLANNED ACTIONS                       TIMESCALE/DESIRED                LEAD          METHOD OF             Resource
                                                                                      OUTCOME                  OFFICER        MEASUREMENT           Implications
3. Support schools and            Support the health and emotional well      Health Schools Plan             Lead officers                         WAG grant
providers in promoting children   being of young people, with a              ESIS Single Plan                from range                            funding
and young people‟s emotional      particular focus on emotional              Inclusion strategy              of Council                            Additional
intelligence, well-being and      intelligence:                              ESIS teaching and learning      and                                   training
resilience                         Support and maintain the Healthy         strategy group plan             voluntary                             funding from
                                      Schools scheme                         PSE Framework for 7 to 19       services                              Cymorth
                                   Support schools to meet the              year olds in Wales              coordinated                           Better
                                      requirements of the PSE                Transition Plan                 by Linda                              Schools Fund
                                      curriculum                                                             Lewis,                                BCBC
                                   Support initiatives to develop                                           NPHS.                                 Schools
                                      emotional intelligence
                                   Support through counselling
                                      services in schools and in the
                                      community

4. Develop and expand the         Encourage and monitor regular              All Actions to be reviewed in   YISP &          YJB Quarterly and     Staffing
range of activities provided by   attendance at Youth Inclusion Support      March 09 in line with the       Prevention      Annual Returns        commitment
the Youth Offending Team and      Panels by all agencies and                 Youth Justice Plan              Officer and     and reports to YOT    from partner
its relevant partners e.g.        commitment of resources to individual      Reduce the number of first      YOT             Management Board      agencies.
Community Safety Partnership      ISP‟s. Roll-out the use of family          time entrants into the          Operational     and Community         Resource
to prevent and reduce anti-       mediation and FGC as part of YISP          criminal justice system         Manager         Safety Partnership.   implications
social and criminal behaviour.    process.                                   through the multi agency                                              for YOT for
                                                                             Youth Inclusion Support                                               FGC and
                                                                             Panel and trained mediation                                           mediation.
                                                                             staff within YOT Prevention
                                                                             Team.

5. Agree and promote              Develop, with partners, eligibility        December 2008                   Jane Cullen     Reduced number of     Staff time
understanding of eligibility      criteria across different levels of need   Families receive appropriate                    referrals to
criteria for assessment of                                                   services at the right time at   Linda Dann      Safeguarding &
service provision with key        Implement Common Assessment                the right level of need                         Family Support
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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                       PLANNED ACTIONS                   TIMESCALE/DESIRED              LEAD       METHOD OF             Resource
                                                                                    OUTCOME                OFFICER    MEASUREMENT           Implications
referring agencies and ensure      Framework                               April 2009
consistent application
                                   Undertake regular audits of referrals                                                                    Business
                                   to services                                                                                              support
                                                                           Quarterly                                                        resource to
                                   Establish multi-agency family support   October 2008                                                     panel
                                   panel                                   Lower levels of need
                                                                           addressed at early stage,
                                                                           preventing need for
                                                                           specialist services

6. Safeguard all children and      Develop LSCB work programme that        Range of universal and         Lindsay    Monitor reduction in   Contribution
young people and train all staff   reflects the 7 core aims and            targeted services that meet    Harper     number of children     to support
who come into contact with         contributes to the single plan          needs of vulnerable children              on Child Protection    Local
children and young people in                                                                                         register and looked    Safeguarding
child protection so that they      Coordinate and integrate staff          Improved safety of children               after children         Children‟s
are aware of their                 involved                                                                                                 Board
responsibilities in accordance
with the All Wales Child                                                                                                                    Part time
Protection procedures.                                                                                                                      children‟s
                                                                                                                                            complaints
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   Directorate Priority – C.7 Be a good corporate parent.

  SERVICE OBJECTIVE                     PLANNED ACTIONS                  TIMESCALE/DESIRED         LEAD        METHOD OF           Resource
                                                                             OUTCOME              OFFICER     MEASUREMENT         Implications
1. Make the best placement
for each individual Looked
After Child by:
a. implementing the           Review placement strategy. Consult with    November 2008           Andrew      Number of            Staff time
    placement strategy        stakeholders. Update strategy.                                     Atkins      placement
                                                                                                             breakdowns

b. increasing the number of   Increase staffing compliment in Adoption   Completed.              Val Jones   Targets met.         Met within
   adoptions                  Team.                                                                                               existing
                              Meet targets set in the Looked After       March 2009.                                              budget.
                              Children‟s Project.

c. promoting foster care      Recruitment of new marketing manager.      October 2008.           Dave        Manager in post.     Within
                                                                                                 Macgregor                        existing
                              Plan and implement further Fostering       October 2008.                       Number of            budget.
                              campaign across Bridgend.                                                      enquiries.

                              Identify and implement initiatives that    March 2009              Val Jones   Foster carer
                              provide additional support to covers.                                          feedback.

d. developing the skills of   Presentation to Council.                   Dec 08/Jan 09.          Lindsay     Presentation made.   Capacity of
   members and council                                                                           Harper      Board established    staff.
   officers as Corporate      Seminars for members of advisory board     Jan-March 2009.                     and seminars held.
   parents                    to include officers and members.

2. Continue to improve the    Implement training programme for child     Sept – Nov 2008.        Layton      All relevant teams   Staff time.
quality of care planning by   protection and looked after children       To enable electronic    Skilton     operational.
developing the skills of      modules within the Integrated Children‟s   recording of Child
practitioners and managers    system.                                    Protection and Looked

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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                     PLANNED ACTIONS                   TIMESCALE/DESIRED             LEAD          METHOD OF             Resource
                                                                                 OUTCOME                OFFICER       MEASUREMENT           Implications
implementing the Integrated                                               After Children.
Children‟s System

                               Provide “outcome – Focused Care            Sept 2008.                   Claire Holt   Audit of care plans    External
                               Planning” training.                        All children and young                                            training costs
                                                                          people have relevant
                                                                          care plans.

                               Provide mandatory training on risk         Sept/Oct 2008                Laura         Audit of case files    Staff time
                               assessment.                                                             Kinsey

                               Design and provide quality assurance       Aug/Sept 2008.               Laura         Audit of case files    Staff time
                               tools for frontline teams.                 Improved quality of case     Kinsey
                                                                          work and compliance
                                                                          with procedures.

3. Provide effective support   Develop a multi-disciplinary post 16       September 2009               Principal     No of young people     Staff time.
into independence for care     service                                                                 Social        in suitable
leavers                                                                   Appropriate support          Services      accommodation,
                               Develop a corporate strategy for           accessible for all aspects   Officer       training and/or
                               accommodation, training and employment     of transition into                         employment
                               for care leavers.                          independence

                               Launch transition protocol for disabled    As above                     Head of       No of work
                               children                                   corporate advisory board     Service/      experience/apprenti
                                                                          for corporate parenting      Lead          ceships provided
                               Disabled children steering group to        established.                 Member        by the local
                               incorporate an inclusion strategy within                                              authority
                               overarching strategy.
                                                                          Access to services for       Principal     Audit of services to
                                                                          disabled children and        officer       assess inclusion of

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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                         PLANNED ACTIONS                    TIMESCALE/DESIRED             LEAD            METHOD OF           Resource
                                                                                      OUTCOME               OFFICER         MEASUREMENT          Implications
                                                                               young people into           Disablity and   disabled children
                                                                               adulthood.                  Family
                                                                                                           Support.

4. Establish a cross-cutting       Briefing paper to Cabinet & CMB             November 2008               Head of         Board established     Officer &
member/officer advisory board                                                                              Service                               Member time
                                   Presentation to Members                     Increased awareness of
                                                                               role

5. Finalise the corporate          Advisory Board to endorse & promote to      January 2009                Lead            Corporate             Officer &
parenting policy                   whole Council meeting                                                   Member for      Parenting Policy in   Member time
                                                                               Creation of opportunities   Children        place
                                                                               to enhance parenting
                                                                               role & improve life
                                                                               chances of looked after
                                                                               children
6. Promote Corporate               Advisory Board to establish principles &    March 2009                  Lead            Framework to          Officer &
commitment to provision of         requirements for the authority     &                                    Member for      deliver corporate     Member time
appropriate education,             partners in respect of opportunities for                                Children        parenting role in
accommodation, employment          care leavers                                Practical schemes that                      place
and training opportunities and                                                 improve life chances for
leisure opportunities for looked                                               care leavers
after children and care leavers

7. Establish an independent        Scope and plan project to develop service   September 2008              Val Jones       Independent Visitor   Funding to
Visitor Service                                                                                                            Service in place      commission
                                   Secure funding & develop specification      October 2008                                                      service
                                   for tendering

                                   Commission service                          April 2009
                                                                               Individual support for

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  SERVICE OBJECTIVE                         PLANNED ACTIONS                   TIMESCALE/DESIRED            LEAD         METHOD OF               Resource
                                                                                    OUTCOME               OFFICER      MEASUREMENT             Implications
                                                                             those looked after
                                                                             children who have no
                                                                             family support

   Directorate Priority – C.8 Develop Early Years and Childcare.

  SERVICE OBJECTIVE                       PLANNED ACTIONS                   TIMESCALE/DESIRED              LEAD         METHOD OF               Resource
                                                                                    OUTCOME              OFFICER     MEASUREMENT              Implications
1. Review the policy for early    Review the current nursery education    During September 2008 -       Ann Rees    Authority‟s              Officers‟ Time
years entitlement to provide      policy and benchmark against            09 the authority meets its    Mark        Admissions Officer       WAG Nursery
equality of access in line with   provision in Wales.                     statutory duty to secure a    Beauchamp   through the starting     Education
parental choice and promote                                               free part-time place for      Deborah     schools admission        Funding
early learning opportunities in                                           children the term following   Exton       procedures to
communities where the needs                                               their third birthday.                     evaluate the
are the greatest.                                                                                                   authority‟s ability to
                                  Develop options for a new policy that   By July 2008 nursery                      provide a part- time
                                  ensures consistency of provision that   education entitlement                     nursery place for
                                  maintains and improves current          policy reviewed and                       children the term
                                  attainment.                             benchmarked.                              following their third
                                                                                                                    birthday for all
                                                                                                                    parents who
                                  Cabinet to approve policy for nursery   By September 2008,                        request it.
                                  education entitlement.                  Options paper used to
                                                                          inform Cabinet decision                   Early Years
                                                                          regarding nursery                         Working Groups
                                                                          education entitlement.                    and Welsh
                                                                                                                    Education
                                  Consult with schools and the budget     During 2009-10 funding                    Partnership to
                                  forum to determine how resources        used effectively to impact                evaluate the
                                  should be re-targeted.                  on standards and the                      availability and
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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                    PLANNED ACTIONS                   TIMESCALE/DESIRED             LEAD          METHOD OF              Resource
                                                                                  OUTCOME              OFFICER      MEASUREMENT             Implications
                                                                         quality of provision.                     impact of nursery
                                                                                                                   provision on
                                Implement agreed policy from             New nursery education                     standards and the
                                September 2009.                          policy implemented                        quality of provision.
                                                                         effectively from September
                                                                         2009.

2. Develop parenting support    Review and up-date audits of             January 2009                 Les Jones    Monitoring by           Use of budgets
linked to childcare provision   provision and action plans for                                                     Families & Nurture      in Cymorth
                                parenting programme, including                                                     Sub Group of            Fund, Flying
                                quality assurance and parent/carer                                                 CYPP through            Start, Family
                                participation                                                                      provision of            Support &
                                                                                                                   direction and           Safeguarding,
                                Develop Parents Forum, Providers         September 2009                            oversight and by        Childcare
                                Forum and QA system                                                                regular reporting       Strategy

3. Support the implementation   Provide effective training and support   100% of schools and non-     Richard      Officer analysis of     WAG
of the Foundation Phase and     for all schools and settings in          maintained settings          Landy        training evaluations    Foundation
identify and disseminate good   implementing the Foundation Phase        effectively trained and      Ann Rees     Officer Review of       Phase Grant
practice in Foundation Phase    from September 2008 (see                 supported in implementing    Jacqueline   setting and school      Funding
provision in order to ensure    Foundation Phase Operation Plan).        the Foundation Phase from    Phillips     implementation.         Officer Time
high quality early years                                                 September 2008.              Nicola
education provision for all     Support the WAG Foundation Phase                                      Davies       Early Years             Officer Time
children.                       Action Plan focusing on:                 By March 2009 full           ESIS         Working Group to
                                 Curriculum documentation and           compliance with the          Advisers     evaluate                WAG
                                    guidance                             requirements of the WAG      Foundation   compliance with         Foundation
                                 Funding and accommodation              Action Plan.                 Phase        WAG Action Plan.        Phase
                                 Workforce development and                                           Setting      Officer Review of       Pilot Grant
                                    training                                                          Support      implementation by       Funding
                                 Communication strategy                                              Officers     pilot setting and       Officer Time
                                 Project management and                                                           schools.

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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                       PLANNED ACTIONS                     TIMESCALE/DESIRED              LEAD        METHOD OF             Resource
                                                                                   OUTCOME                   OFFICER     MEASUREMENT           Implications
                                      implementation
                                   (see Foundation Phase Operational
                                   Plan).                                   Effective implementation of
                                                                            the Foundation Phase pilot
                                   Support the implementation of the        in three schools and one
                                   Foundation Phase pilot in maintained     non-maintained setting
                                   and non-maintained sectors.              during 2008-09.
 4. Develop integrated Early       Extend and improve local and regional High quality services              Ann Rees    Early Years           Officer‟s time
 Years Children‟s Services         partnership working to ensure family     provided that enhance the                   Working Group to
                                   support services work together in a      quality of life and ensure                  evaluate on an
                                   coordinated ways to provide quality      children achieve their full                 annual basis.
                                   services for children and their families potential.
                                   which enhance their quality of life and
                                   educational attainment.
                                                                                                                                              Capital
                                   Develop local integrated centres that      A range of integrated                                           expenditure
                                   provide quality early years service that   centres provide quality                                         Available
                                   support families and give children the     support services that                                           school
                                   best possible start in life.               ensure the well-being of                                        accommodation
                                                                              children and their family.                                      Officer‟s time

                                   To fully support the implementation of     Effective support                         Flying Start          Flying Start
                                   early years support programmes such        programmes, such as                       Manager to            funding
                                   as Flying Start.                           Flying Start in place and                 evaluate impact of    Officer‟s time
                                                                              impacting on Children‟s                   programme on
                                                                              achievements and well-                    children and
                                                                              being.                                    families.

5. Make good quality childcare     To use the Childcare Sufficiency Audit     9/09: Min. 8 schools          Ann Rees    Outcome measures      Staff time
available to those that need it.   to inform a new strategy that ensures      registered to provide child   Mark        in commissioning      School time
                                   consistency of provision that              care; successful after        Beauchamp   plan for child care   CFS grant

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    SERVICE OBJECTIVE                     PLANNED ACTIONS                     TIMESCALE/DESIRED          LEAD        METHOD OF              Resource
                                                                                    OUTCOME            OFFICER      MEASUREMENT            Implications
                                  maintains and improves current            school and holiday        Deborah      met as per
                                  arrangements.                             schemes in place.         Exton        monitoring
                                                                                                                   methodology
                                  X-ref RL
                                  Allocate child care CFS grant in line
                                  with CD strategic priorities

    Directorate Priority – C.9 Engage our children and young people as equal partners in determining their futures
    SERVICE OBJECTIVE                      PLANNED ACTIONS                    TIMESCALE/DESIRED           LEAD          METHOD OF            Resource
                                                                                     OUTCOME            OFFICER      MEASUREMENT            Implications
1. Improve the way we listen      Participation strategy; Engage more        Participation Strategy    Les Jones    Monitoring by          Project team
to and involve children and       closely with children, young people,       Project Plan                           Business Planning      time
young people and ensure that      parents and local communities in           Children‟s Directorate                 Group and Physical
our services are accessible       identifying needs and determining          Business Plan                          & Social               Use of
and responsive to them.           priorities.                                                                       Environment Sub        budgets
                                                                                                                    Groups of CYPP         within
   Complete and implement a      Extend the scope and influence of the                                             through provision of   Cymorth,
    young person‟s                Bridgend Youth Forum and School                                                   direction and          Learning,
    participation strategy        Councils                                                                          oversight and by       Family
   Find ways, through school                                                                                       regular reporting      Support &
    councils, the Youth Service   Develop further the advocacy service in                                                                  Safeguarding
    and other forums, of          Bridgend
    making sure anyone can
    make their views known on
    things which matter to
    them

2. Write a Bridgend Youth         Develop a Bridgend Youth Charter of        September 2009            Les Jones    Monitoring by Sub      Project team
Charter of Rights and             Rights and Responsibilities.                                                      Groups of CYPP         time
Responsibilities.                                                                                                   through provision of   Consultation
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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                       PLANNED ACTIONS                    TIMESCALE/DESIRED              LEAD          METHOD OF            Resource
                                                                                  OUTCOME                   OFFICER     MEASUREMENT           Implications
                                                                                                                       direction and          and
                                                                                                                       oversight and by       dissemination
                                                                                                                       regular reporting      costs

3. Give young people the          Give all young people the chance to        Project to be scoped and      Les Jones   Monitoring by          Use of
chance to help others out in      serve their community                      research to determine level   Emma        participation T & F    budgets
their area at least once before   Establish annual awards to recognise       of resourcing required and    Davies      Group and Physical     within
they leave school                 notable achievements, e.g.                 possible funding sources.                 & Social               Directorate
                                  contributions to the community, young      September 2010.                           Environment Sub        (e.g.
                                  carers, sporting successes.                                                          Groups of CYPP         Community
                                                                                                                       through provision of   Focussed
                                                                                                                       direction and          Schools,
                                                                                                                       oversight and by       Cymorth,
                                                                                                                       regular reporting      other WAG
                                                                                                                                              grants)

4. Implement W.A.G. funded        Awaiting WAG grant of £10,000 to           03/09: complete entering      Norma       Data on SAFFRON        WAG funding
nutritional analysis program      support date inputting of products,        of data on current menus      Griffiths   system and all
(SAFFRON) for products,           recipes and menus.                         and provide Welsh                         menus nutritionally
recipes and menu cycles           Establish hardware and software and        Assembly Government                       analysed.
enabling us to comply with the    deploy staff.                              returns.                                  Service checks;
Appetite For Life Action Plan     Populate database and supply returns       Review menus July 09.                     Return to WAG
recommendations.                  to Welsh Assembly Government               Implement Appetite for Life
                                                                             Strategy by Sept. 2010.
5. Monitor provision of the       To monitor all schools and dining          09/09: review of strategies   Norma       Service checks and     Management
significant steps towards the     centres twice yearly through service       – marketing, Maesteg          Griffiths   QA audits              time
Appetite For Life Standards       checks and to audit all schools annually   Comp pilot, prime cooking.                                       Investment in
through service checks and        against the Q.A. standards. Implement      07/11: review of outcomes                                        equipment
Q.A. audits.                      plan as approved by Welsh Assembly         in terms of improved eating                                      Marketing
                                  Government .                               habits and meal take-up                                          costs


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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                    PLANNED ACTIONS                       TIMESCALE/DESIRED             LEAD          METHOD OF            Resource
                                                                                    OUTCOME               OFFICER       MEASUREMENT           Implications
6. Review and co-ordinate      Audit current school and wider               01/09: strategy for school   Trevor Guy    Reports to CYPP,      Staff
counselling services to        community counselling provision.             and community counselling    Les Jones     EMG, LSCB, Welsh      appointments
children and young people in   Co-ordinate future provision in              agreed with all partners     Jeanette      Assembly              (as grant
schools and communities        partnership with Third sector and            09/09: School based          Denley        Government            increases
                               statutory services.                          counselling sufficient to                                        and/or base
                               Implement year 1 of the WAG school-          meet need and demand for                   Children and young    budget
                               based counselling grant and plan for         11-18 age group;                           people report that    secured)
                               year 2/3 expansion.                          CYPP co-ordinating                         emotional well-       Staff time
                               Plan for and implement pre-11                community provision                        being enhanced        Training costs
                               counselling programme, accessing             09/09: pilot primary                       and reduction in
                               WAG grant 2009.                              counselling strategy                       referrals to
                                                                            implemented                                CAMHS.

7. To improve the              To develop a protocol with local mental      September 2009/ A shared     Alun          Protocol developed    Staff Time
management of critical         health service providers to clarify roles,   protocol in place and        Lawthom
incidents                      responsibilities and expectations of         operational
                               service users

8. Improve access for young    Further develop a peer signposting           March 2009                   Melonie       Audits and            Extra staff
people to information advice   network for young people in schools,         Appropriate young people     Davies        questionnaires from   time.
and guidance services          colleges, statutory and the third sector     engaged from twelve                        young people.         Financial
                               to support the Extending Entitlement         comprehensives schools,      Kris Davies   Self assessment       implications
                               agenda                                       ten youth centres, as peer                 reviews.              (salary)
                                                                            workers to disseminate       Louse         Number of comps
                                                                            information on the WAG       Williams.     engaged               Capital
                                                                            Ten Entitlements.            Tammie                              expenditure.(
                                                                                                         Neuth         Self assessment       supported by
                               Increase access to information advice        March 2009                                 review. Figures of    WAG)
                               guidance and signposting services,           Purchase a new mobile                      young people
                               making use of new online technology..        information provision to                   attending             Capital and
                                                                            increase community                         information           revenue

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   SERVICE OBJECTIVE                   PLANNED ACTIONS                 TIMESCALE/DESIRED              LEAD           METHOD OF             Resource
                                                                             OUTCOME                 OFFICER       MEASUREMENT            Implications
                                                                     access.                                      sessions.              expenditure
                                                                     Re-brand information                         Secure new mobile      (WAG)
                                                                     services                                     provision with         Staff time
                                                                                                                  Just@ask re-           (Extra Hours)
                              Identify new opportunities providing   March 2009                                   branding
                              outreach information services to YP,   Recruit specialist workers
                              including offenders, care leavers,     to target specific groups of                 Five sessional staff
                              homeless YP and young parents          young people                                 recruited
                                                                                                                  Numbers of
                                                                                                                  contacts of young
                                                                                                                  people.
                                                                                                                  Self assessment
                                                                                                                  review
9. Increase numbers of        To be agreed with Communities          To be agreed with              J Duddridge   To be agreed with      To be agreed
children walking/cycling to   directorate                            Communities directorate        Mark          Communities            with
school (In conjunction with                                                                         Beauchamp     directorate            Communities
Communities Directorate)                                                                                                                 directorate




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   Section 5a : Headline Performance Indicators
   The following have been identified as key indicators for evaluating performance in each service area:

 LINK TO                                                                                2006/07      2007/08       2007/08      2008/09
                                      INDICATOR                                       Performance
  CORP          SERVICE     REF No.                  INDICATOR DESCRIPTION                          Performance   Welsh Avge.   Target
                                         TYPE
 THEME
                                                   The percentage of staff
               Applicable             Corporate
Supports all                CLPI-01                appraisals completed within the
               to all                 Local
                                                   year.
                                                   The number of working
                                                   days/shifts per full time
Supports all                CHR-002   Core                                                             7.56          11.6        5.73
                                                   equivalent (FTE) employee lost
                                                   due to sickness absence.
                                                   The % of Year 11 pupils
                                                   achieving five or more GCSE            51            53            54          56
                                                   passes at grades A*-C
                                                   Average Key Stage 4 points
                                                                                         333           344           344         350
                                                   score
                                                   The % of Year 6 pupils achieving
                                                   the Key Stage 2 Core Subject           73            76            74          77
                                                   Indicator
                                                   The % of 16 year olds remaining
                                                   in education or work-based            83.3          82.5          N/A          84
                                                   training
                                                   The % of Estyn inspection
                                                   judgements against the seven
                                                   elements of the common                 92            90           N/A          92
                                                   inspection framework at grades 1
                                                   or 2
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LINK TO                                                                          2006/07      2007/08       2007/08      2008/09
                              INDICATOR                                        Performance
 CORP     SERVICE   REF No.                  INDICATOR DESCRIPTION                           Performance   Welsh Avge.   Target
                                 TYPE
THEME
                                           The percentage of initial
                    SCC/008   Core         assessments carried out within 7       85%          83.3%         63.7%        85%
                                           working days
                                           The percentage of required core
                    SCC/009   Core         assessments carried out within        60.6%         55.2%         55.5%        60%
                                           35 working days
                                           Percentage of children on the
                                           child protection register who
                    -         Local                                               94%           93%           N/A         98%
                                           received a 6 weekly visit on time

                                           Percentage of Looked After
                                           Children reviews due that were
                    SCC/021   Core                                               98.3%         94.6%         89.8%        97%
                                           carried out within statutory time
                                           limits
                                           The percentage of children
                                           looked after on 31 March who
                    SCC/004   Core                                                9.9%         11.2%         10.3%        10%
                                           have had three or more
                                           placements during the year
                                           The percentage of first
                                           placements of looked after
                    SCC/001   Statutory                                          77.1%         50.0%         91.9%        60%
                                           children during the year that
                                           began with a care plan in place
                                           For those children looked after
                                           whose second review (due at 4
                                           months) was due in the year, the
                    SCC/001   Statutory                                          64.2%         81.5%         91.7%        85%
                                           percentage with a plan for
                                           permanence at the due date


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  LINK TO                                                                               2006/07       2007/08         2007/08      2008/09
                                       INDICATOR                                      Performance
   CORP         SERVICE      REF No.                 INDICATOR DESCRIPTION                          Performance      Welsh Avge.   Target
                                          TYPE
  THEME
            Support for                                                                                   15
  Creating                                         The percentage of pupils not in
            Children                                                                     NEW        (as recorded
 Learning                              Local       school who receive 25 hours of                                       N/A          30
            and                                                                       INDICATOR     at fixed point
Communities                                        appropriate provision per week.
            Learners                                                                                   in year)
                                                                                                         n/a%
                                                   Percentage of pupils entitled to
               Support for                                                                            (available
Supporting our                                     free school meals taking up that      76%
               Children                                                                               Autumn 08
disadvantaged                          Local       option.                            (Academic                         N/A         78%
 communities and                                                                        year)
                                                                                                     for previous
               Learners                                                                               academic
                                                                                                         year)
                                                   Attendance of pupils at primary                       n/a%
            Support for                            school measured as a                               (available
  Creating                                                                              93.2%
            Children                               percentage of the total sessions                   Autumn 08
 Learning                    SP1       Local                                          (Academic                         N/A        93.4%
            and                                    possible.                                         for previous
Communities                                                                              year)
            Learners                                                                                  academic
                                                                                                         year)
                                                                                                         n/a%
            Support for                            Attendance of pupils at                            (available
  Creating                                                                              91.2%
            Children                               secondary school measured as a                     Autumn 08
 Learning                              National                                       (Academic                         N/A        91.4%
            and                                    percentage of the total sessions                  for previous
Communities                                                                              year)
            Learners                               possible.                                          academic
                                                                                                         year)
                                                                                                         n/a%
              Support for                                                                             (available
  Children                                         Percentage of days pupils            0.12%
              Children                                                                                Autumn 08
Today, Adults                          Local       excluded from secondary school     (Academic                         N/A        0.10%
              and                                                                                    for previous
 Tomorrow                                          for fixed term exclusions.            year)
              Learners                                                                                academic
                                                                                                         year)

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Section 5b : Key Activity Data on Core Services


                        Service/Function                              Level/Units of Activity


Access to Education
                                                     Transport of over 7000 students to & from college per annum
Home to School / College Transport


Catering Service
                                                     Provision of : 1, 198,657 Primary School Meals per annum
School meals                                                           851,535 Secondary School Meals per annum
                                                                       28, 428 Free School Meals per annum


Children’s Services

Looked after Children

Family Support Services

Youth Justice

Commissioning and Social Work




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Section 6 : Revenue and capital budgets 2008/09
Revenue Budget
                                                                                   2008/09
                                                     Employees Pay     Non Pay     Gross       Income         Net
                     SERVICE AREA
                                                     & Related Costs             Expenditure              Expenditure
                                                          £000          £000        £000        £000         £000
LEARNING
LEA Budget
    Provision of a Specialised Nature                     1,148          128        1,276         (5)        1,271
    School Improvement                                     255          1,256       1,511       (735)         776
    Family Literacy / Numeracy Schemes                      76            0           76         (76)          0
    Council Information Points                              0             9           9            0           9
    On-Track                                               222           178         400        (215)         185
Schools Budget
    Expenditure supported by Specific Grant                861          1,079       1,940       (1,254)       686
    Provision of a Specialised Nature                     3,281          317        3,598         (47)       3,551
    Staff Costs                                            729            15         744         (469)        275
    Other Expenditure                                      326           590         916         (284)        632
    Individual Schools Budget                            73,400        13,449      86,849      (12,707)     74,142
    Inter-Authority Recoupment                              0            756         756        (2,203)     (1,447)
Youth Service                                              615            0          838           (3)        835

Total Learning                                           80,913        17,777      98,913      -17,998      80,915

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS AND COMMISSIONING
Access to Education
    Capital Programme / Asset Management                   4             135        139           0          139
    Planning of School Places                              40            466        506           0          506

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     Admissions to Schools                                   0        0         0         0         0
     Home to School / College Transport                      0      4,783     4,783      (10)     4,773
     Support for Students                                   121       9        130       (22)      108
     LEA Functions re Childrens Act                          38       4         42        0         42
     Education Welfare Service                              244       24       268        0        268
     Community Focused Schools                              103      100       203      (135)       68
Support Services
     Management Support Services                           1,212     335      1,547      (76)     1,471
     Statutory / Regulatory Duties (School Budget Forum)     0        1         1          0        1
     Redundancy / Retirement Costs                          933       0        933         0       933
     Insurance                                               1       345       346        (4)      342
     Revenue Funded Capital                                  0       685       685         0       685
     Other Support Service                                   0        8         8          0        8
Catering Service                                           2,286    2,584     4,870    (3,649)    1,221
Children and Young People’s Partnership                     567     3,354     3,921    (3,535)     386

Total Strategic Partnerships and Commissioning             5,549    12,833   18,382    -7,431    10,951

SAFEGUARDING AND FAMILY SUPPORT
Children’s Services
     Looked after Children                                 1,995    6,154     8,149     (562)     7,587
     Family Support Services                                204      919      1,123      (43)     1,080
     Youth Justice                                         1,094     722      1,816    (1,181)     635
     Other Child and Family Services                        212      706       918        0        918
     Commissioning and Social Work                         2,876     549      3,425     (157)     3,268
     Administration                                        1,103      19      1,122      (51)     1,071

Total Safeguarding and Family Support                      7,484    9,069    16,553    -1,994    14,559

TOTAL CHILDREN’S DIRECTORATE                               93,946   39,679   133,848   -27,423   106,425

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Initial Capital Programme 2008/09 – 20010/11
                                                        2008/09     2009/10        2010/11
                                                         £000        £000           £000
BCBC CAPITAL RESOURCES

Archbishop McGrath Comprehensive                                                        3000
YGG Llangynwyd Comprehensive                                  336         600
Caerau Primary                                                           1370
Pen-y-Fai Primary                                             136        4839
Unallocated BCBC funding on SBIG schemes (see note 1)                     306
BCBC budget saved on SBIG formula 08/09 „swap‟ of YGG                     300
Llangynwyd (see note 2)
Skills Centre minor works                                      42
Heronsbridge refurbishments minor works                       217
E-coli work (hot water & toilet refurbishments)               250
Tondu Primary adaptations minor works                          22
Other minor works                                               7
EXTERNAL GRANTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
SBIG (£9million)
Caerau Primary                                               3585         710
Maes-yr-Haul Primary extension                                 33
Pen-y-Fai Primary                                                             61
SBIG Formula
Caerau Primary (money repaid by Caerphilly)                   900
Oldcastle Primary adaptations                                 410
YGG Llangynwyd Comprehensive                                  300
Pencoed Comprehensive refurbishment work                      150
Plasnewydd Primary refurbishment work                         130
Ysgol Cynwyd Sant Primary refurbishment work                  110

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Brackla Primary adaptations                                                 601
Bryntirion Comprehensive adaptation to address                              200
suitability/sufficiency needs
Porthcawl Comprehensive refurbishment work                                  150

SBIG Early Years (bids to be confirmed)
Cwmfelin Primary outdoor learning area & IT                                  25
Llangynwyd Primary outdoor learning area                                     14
Oldcastle Primary adaptations                                               107
Ysgol Cynwyd Sant Primary outdoor learning area                               8

SBIG Flying Start (bids to be confirmed)
Blaenllynfi provision                                                        30
Caerau Primary                                                              136

14-19 Learning Pathways
Skills Centre                                                               114

Directorate of Total                                                      7693              8186             3000
                                                                     8013 with
                                                                  unconfirmed
                                                                          bids
Notes:
    1. Unallocated BCBC funding on SBIG schemes – this has arisen from utilisation of SBIG money for BCBC financed projects to
       enable us to spend SBIG allocations within the appropriate financial year. This money is to be used to compensate the schemes
       that the SBIG money was originally allocated to. It will therefore be used on previously approved schemes.
   2. SBIG bid for YGG Llangynwyd has been made to enable us to spend the allocation this year. It has been done on the basis of
       £300k coming back from BCBC capital next year.
   3. Awaiting information regarding Youth Service.


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Section 7 : Contact Points
Contact Points for Each Service Area
If you require further information about the services – please contact:


         Learning
                Richard Landy, Head of Service
                Tel: 01656 642612
                Email: Richard.Landy@bridgend.gov.uk

         Safeguarding & Family Support
                Lindsay Harper, Head of Service
                Tel: 01656 642314
                Email: Lindsay.Harper@bridgend.gov.uk

         Strategy Partnerships & Commissiong
                 Trevor Guy, Head of Service
                 Tel: 01656 642611
                 Email: Trevor.Guy@bridgend.gov.uk




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