Agenda and minutes

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Transcript: Transcript for 25/02/2021 - Children, Young People and Education Committee

Items
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(09.15)

1.

Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

Minutes:

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 www.senedd.tv

 

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 There were no apologies. The Chair noted that Suzy Davies MS would need to leave the meeting at 11am.

(09.15-10.15)

2.

COVID-19: statutory education

Luke Sibieta, Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Education Policy Institute

Professor Chris Taylor, Professor of Education and Academic Director of the Social Science Research Park (SPARK) - Cardiff University

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Minutes:

2.1 Under Standing Order 17.24A, Hefin David MS declared that his daughter had Additional Learning Needs.

2.2 The Committee heard evidence from Luke Sibieta and Professor Chris Taylor on matters relating to the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people.

2.3 Luke Sibieta agreed to provide the Committee with any statistical evidence available from the Welsh Government in relation to school attendance of vulnerable children including those with additional learning needs during the lockdowns, and whether experiences varied across Wales.

(10.30-11.30)

3.

COVID-19: statutory education

Gareth Evans, Director of Education Policy, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Professor Dylan Jones, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Institute of Education, University Wales Trinity St David

 

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee heard evidence from Gareth Evans and Professor Dylan Jones on matters relating to the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people.

(11.30-11.35)

4.

Papers to note

Minutes:

4.1 The papers were noted.

4.1

Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services regarding safeguarding referrals and Looked After Children

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4.2

Letter from the Minister for Education to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Code and associated regulations

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4.3

Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Minister for Education regarding the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people returning to education

Supporting documents:

4.4

Letter from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee following the meeting on 14 January 2021

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4.5

Letter from the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee to the Minister for Education regarding the implementation of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018

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4.6

Additional information from Local Government representatives following the meeting on 28 January 2021

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4.7

Letter from the Minister for Education to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee following Stage 2 proceedings

Supporting documents:

(11.35)

5.

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

Minutes:

5.1 The motion was agreed.

(11.35-11.50)

6.

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

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

(11.50-12.20)

7.

COVID-19: Update on the engagement with university students

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee received a presentation on findings from the virtual focus groups that had taken place with students. The Committee agreed that the information would be used to inform the evidence sessions with representatives from higher and further education scheduled for 11 March 2021.