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Transcript: Transcript for 02/05/2018 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd

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Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest


1.1        The Chair welcomed Members. Apologies were received from Michelle Brown, there was no substitute.

1.2        Under Standing Order 17.24 Darren Millar AM declared that his daughter appeared in the video that was shown at the start of the meeting and that he was a Governor at St Brigid’s School.

(09:30 - 09:40)


Provision of textbooks and learning resources for pupils - Video


2.1 The Committee watched a short video.

(09:45 - 11:00)


Provision of textbooks and learning resources for pupils - evidence session

Gareth Pierce, Chief Executive – WJEC

Mike Ebbsworth, Assistant Director Educational Support - WJEC

Philip Blaker, Chief Executive – Qualifications Wales

Emyr George, Associate Director General Qualifications



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3.1 The Committee heard evidence from Qualifications Wales and WJEC.



Paper(s) to note


4.1 The papers were noted.


Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Education - University Superannuation Scheme (USS)

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Additional information from Estyn following the meeting on 14 March 2018

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Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Education - regarding the support for minority ethnic, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller learners

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Quarterly update on the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) transformation programme from the Cabinet Secretary for Education

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Letter to the Llywydd on Resourcing for Brexit Scrutiny

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Letter from Qualifications Wales on its Review of the Skills Challenge Certificate

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Letter from the Chair of the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee on the Childcare Offer

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Motion under Standing Order 17.42(ix) to resolve to exclude the public for the remainder of the meeting.


5.1 The Motion was agreed.

(11:15 - 12:30)


Committee Forward Work Programme - Strategic planning session

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6.1 The Committee considered the long term forward work programme. It agreed that specific pieces of would be scoped and considered at a future meeting.


6.2 The Committee agreed to conduct an inquiry into the Welsh Baccalaureate, with a consultation launched before the summer recess.


6.3 The Committee agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary for an update on Neonatal Care, particularly in relation to the third edition of neonatal standards.


6.4 The Committee agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary to clarify the position on funding for the Children and Families Delivery Grant.


6.5 The Committee agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary, seeking further information on the timings for the forthcoming School Organisation Code.


6.6 The Committee agreed to write to the Finance Committee to highlight concerns about the temporary of data provided by the Welsh Government for draft budgets.


6.7 The Committee agreed to write to the Welsh Government outlining some key issues it would like to address as part of the next budget round, including its expectations that a CRIA will be provided for the 2019 – 2020 Draft Budget.