Concise Minutes - Children, Young People and Education Committee

Meeting Venue:

Video Conference via Zoom

Meeting date: Thursday, 26 November 2020

Meeting time: 09.15 - 12.27
This meeting can be viewed
on Senedd TV at:





Assembly Members:

Lynne Neagle MS (Chair)

Dawn Bowden MS

Suzy Davies MS

Siân Gwenllian MS

Laura Anne Jones MS

Jack Sargeant MS (In place of Hefin David MS)


Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Mental Health, Well-being and Welsh Language

Kirsty Williams MS, Minister for Education

Tracey Breheny, Welsh Government

Huw Morris, Welsh Government

Steve Davies, Welsh Government

Committee Staff:

Llinos Madeley (Clerk)

Tanwen Summers (Second Clerk)

Sarah Bartlett (Deputy Clerk)

Sian Thomas (Researcher)

Lisa Salkeld (Legal Adviser)

Phil Boshier (Researcher)

Michael Dauncey (Researcher)

Philippa Watkins (Researcher)



1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

1.1 The Chair welcomed Members to the virtual meeting of the Children, Young People and Education Committee.

1.2 In accordance with Standing Order 34.19, the Chair stated that she had determined that the public were excluded from the Committee’s meeting in order to protect public health but that the meeting would be broadcast live on

1.3 The Chair stated that if for any reason she dropped out of the meeting, the Committee agreed that Dawn Bowden MS would become Temporary Chair in accordance with Standing Order 17.22.

1.4 Apologies were received from Hefin David MS, Jack Sargeant MS substituted.



2       Motion under Standing Order 17.42(ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the meeting for item 3

2.1 The motion was agreed.



3       Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill - consideration of the draft report

3.1 Members considered chapters of the draft report. The draft report would be considered again at a private formal meeting on Monday 30 November.



4       Covid-19 - Evidence session with the Welsh Government

4.1 The Committee heard evidence from the Minister for Education and Minister for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Welsh Language.

4.2 The Minister for Education agreed to provide additional information on the capacity and plans in place for the testing of university students before returning home for the Christmas period for each Welsh institution.



5       Papers to note

5.1 The papers were noted.





6       Motion under Standing Order 17.42(ix) to resolve to exclude the public for the remainder of the meeting and for the whole of the meeting on 30 November

6.1 The motion was agreed.



7       COVID 19 - consideration of the evidence

7.1 The Committee considered the evidence it had heard in the previous session.

7.2 The Committee agreed to write to the Welsh Government to outline its views.





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