Agenda and minutes

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Introductions, apologies and substitutions


The Chair welcomed Members to the Meeting.  Apologies were received from Suzy Davies and John Griffiths. Paul Davies substituted for Suzy Davies.

(09.30 - 11.00)


Qualifications Wales Bill - Evidence session 7

Welsh Government

Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Education and Skills

Catherine Lloyd, Lawyer - Education (Schools) and Welsh Language Team

Siwan Daniel, Lawyer - Education (Schools) and Welsh Language Team

Alison Standfast, Deputy Director - Qualifications Wales Transition

Cassy Taylor,  Head of Qualifications Wales - Transition Branch

Supporting documents:


The Committee heard evidence from the Minister for Education and Skills.  The Minister agreed to provide a note on:


The number of schools in border areas that buy in qualifications from English exam boards.


The degree of control that local authorities have on foundation schools (previously grant maintained) in border areas. 


How the current Legislation and the Qualifications Wales Bill will interact on apprenticeships.


The financial impact of the establishment of Qualifications Wales on the rest of the Education and Skills budget.


Papers to note


The papers were noted.


Letter from the Deputy Minister - Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)

CYPE(4)-04-15 – Paper to note 1

Supporting documents:


Letter from the Minister for Health and Social Services - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CYPE(4)-04-15 – Paper to note 2

Supporting documents:


Letter from the Chair of the Finance Committee - Inquiry into the Consideration of Powers: Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

CYPE(4)-04-15 – Paper to note 3

Supporting documents:


Letter from the Finance Committee to the Minister for Education and Skills - Qualifications Wales Bill

CYPE(4)-04-15 – Paper to note 4

Supporting documents:

(11.00 - 11.30)


Inquiry into Educational Outcomes for Children from Low Income Households - consideration of draft report

CYPE(4)-04-15 – Private paper 5


The Committee considered the draft report.  An amended version would be circulated to Members for comment.