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Transcript: Transcript for 11/03/2021 - 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 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 Suzy Davies MS, Paul Davies attended as a substitute.



COVID-19: higher education

Dr Ben Calvert, Chair of Universities Wales Learning & Teaching Network and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of South Wales

Amanda Wilkinson, Director of Universities Wales

Kieron Rees, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Universities Wales

Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Bethan Owen, Deputy Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales



Supporting documents:


2.1 The Committee heard evidence relating to the impact of COVID-19 on higher education and students in the higher education sector.



COVID-19: further education

Philip Blaker, Chief Executive, Qualifications Wales

David Jones, Chair, Qualifications Wales

Denver Davies, Head of Monitoring and Compliance, Qualifications Wales

Yana Williams, Chief Executive, Coleg Cambria

Barry Walters, Principal of Pembrokeshire College

Karen Phillips, Principal of Coleg y Cymoedd


3.1 Apologies were received from David Jones, Chair of Qualifications Wales.


3.2 The Committee heard evidence relating to the impact of COVID-19 on further education and students in the further education sector.



Papers to note


Letter from the Director General for Regulation at the Office for Statistical Regulation regarding the publication of a review into the approach for developing statistical models for awarding grades in 2020

Supporting documents:


4.1a The paper was noted.


Letter from the Minister for Housing and Local Government to the Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee regarding the British-Irish Council (BIC) Digital Inclusion Work Sector Ministerial Meeting

Supporting documents:


4.2a The paper was noted.


Summary of the roundtable discussion with the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services regarding the progress of children's rights in Wales

Supporting documents:


4.3a The paper was noted.



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


5.1 The motion was agreed.



Covid-19: Consideration of evidence


6.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard under items 2 and 3.