Meetings

Pupil absence

This page gives details of any meetings held which will, or did, discuss the matter, and includes links to the relevant Papers, Agendas and Minutes.

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Meeting: 14/07/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 3)

3 Pupil absence

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Meeting: 14/07/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 3)

3 Pupil absence

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Meeting: 14/07/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 3)

3 Pupil absence

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Meeting: 14/07/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 5)

Pupil absence - consideration of the key issues

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Minutes:

5.1 The Committee considered the key issues. A draft report would be considered at the next meeting.


Meeting: 14/07/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 3)

3 Pupil absence

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Meeting: 29/06/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 6)

Pupil absence - consideration of the evidence

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee considered the evidence it had heard in the previous sessions.


Meeting: 29/06/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 4)

4 Pupil absence - evidence session 7

Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language

Sian Jones, Head of Supporting Achievement & Safeguarding, Welsh Government

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Minutes:

4.1 The Committee heard evidence from the Minister for Education and Welsh Language.

4.2 The Minister agreed to provide information on whether school absence data and intelligence on school absence is utilised as an early marker for mental illness amongst young people.

4.2 When available, the Minister agreed to share with the Committee the evaluation of the funding that was made available in 2021-22 for local authorities to provide additional emotional, mental health and well-being support to young people.

4.3 The Minister agreed to attend a future Committee meeting to discuss the support provided for young carers in school.


Meeting: 29/06/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 3)

Pupil absence - findings from the engagement with parents and young people

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Minutes:

3.1 Members discussed the findings from in engagement report. They agreed that it should be shared with the Minister for Education and Welsh Language and the Deputy Minister for Health and Wellbeing.


Meeting: 23/06/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 7)

Pupil absence - consideration of the evidence

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee considered the evidence it has heard in the previous sessions.


Meeting: 23/06/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 4)

4 Pupil absence - evidence session 6

Professor Ann John, Professor, Health Data Science, Swansea University

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Minutes:

4.1 The Committee heard evidence from Professor Ann John.


Meeting: 23/06/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 3)

3 Pupil absence - evidence session 5

Catherine Evans, Assistant Director, Estyn

Liz Miles, Assistant Director, Estyn

Mark Campion, HM Inspector, Estyn

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Minutes:

3.1 The Committee heard evidence from Estyn.

3.2 Estyn agreed to provide the Committee with examples of good practice in schools of the support given to different groups of learners who have been affected by general and persistent absence.


Meeting: 23/06/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 2)

2 Pupil absence - evidence session 4

Mary van den Heuvel, Senior Policy Officer, National Education Union (NEU)

Hannah O'Neill, District Secretary for Blaenau Gwent, and National Education Union (NEU) Executive member for Wales

Llinos Jones, Headteacher of Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru (UCAC)

Menai Jones, Policy and Casework Official, NASUWT

 

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Minutes:

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from the teaching unions.


Meeting: 16/06/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 7)

Pupil Absence - consideration of the evidence

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee considered the evidence it has heard in the previous sessions.


Meeting: 16/06/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 1)

Pupil absence - evidence session 1

Round table session with Education Welfare officers from across Wales and representatives from the Principal Youth Officers group

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Minutes:

1.1 Members discussed the inquiry with education welfare officers, a representative from the principal youth officers group and a representative from the Welsh Local Government Association.

1.2 An education welfare officer service manager agreed to provide data relating to FPNs and information about the ‘Bridge Project’.

1.3 Clerks agreed to provide all panellists with an email address in case anyone has anything to add, or any additional evidence. There’ll be a note from the session to check.


Meeting: 16/06/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 4)

4 Pupil absence - evidence session 3

Rocio Cifuentes, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Jane Houston, Policy Adviser, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

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Minutes:

4.1 The Committee heard evidence from the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

4.2 Due to time constraints, the Chair agreed that any unasked questions would be sent to the Commissioner for a written response.


Meeting: 16/06/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 3)

3 Pupil absence - evidence session 2

Laura Doel, Director, National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) Cymru

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru

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Minutes:

3.1 The Committee heard evidence from the school leader unions.


Meeting: 25/05/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 5)

Pupil absence - Briefing session

Meilyr Rowlands

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Minutes:

5.1 Ahead of the Committee’s oral evidence session, the Committee received a briefing from Meilyr Rowlands.


Meeting: 25/05/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 6)

Pupil absence - consideration of the evidence

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee considered information it had heard in the previous briefing session.


Meeting: 04/05/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 3)

3 Pupil absence

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Meeting: 04/05/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 6)

Pupil absence - consideration of the approach to the inquiry

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Minutes:

6.1 The Committee agreed the approach to the inquiry into pupil absence, subject to some additional stakeholders for oral and written evidence and some further information on specific areas.


Meeting: 27/04/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 2)

2 Forward work programme

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Meeting: 10/03/2022 - Children, Young People and Education Committee (Item 6)

6 Papers to note 01 - 16 are in response to a letter from the Committee seeking information on pupil attendance and training for school governors

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