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Transcript: Transcript for 14/11/2019 - 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 Hefin David AM, there was no substitute.

(09.30 - 10.30)


Curriculum reform - session on the Successful futures for all: Explorations of curriculum reform (Final Report)

Dr Nigel Newton, Research Associate, WISERD - Cardiff University


The report is due to be published on Friday 8 November and is expected to be available here:



Supporting documents:


2.1 The Committee received a briefing from Dr Nigel Newton.

2.2 Dr Newton agreed to provide the Committee with the IWA report – Common Purposes - The implications of curriculum reform in Wales for further education, higher education, skills and business



Paper(s) to note


3.1 The papers were noted.

3.2  In relation to the correspondence received on elective home education, the Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Education to:

·         reiterate its belief that action is needed to ensure that children educated at home are seen and spoken to about the education they are receiving, and that they are happy, healthy and safe;

·         seek clarification on the legal points raised in the correspondence about the basis on which proposed guidance could be made;

·         request details of which (if any) Assembly procedure and/or consultation process the final versions of the following will be subject to, and associated timescales for each:

-     home education: statutory guidance for local authorities and handbook for home educators;

-     regulations that would require: local authorities to maintain and populate a database of children of compulsory school age in their area to help them identify children who are not known to them; local health boards to disclose to local authorities non-medical information to help the authority identify children in their area; and independent schools to disclose to a local authority information about learners at the independent school.


Letter from Protecting Home Education Wales regarding the draft statutory guidance for local authorities on home education

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Email from the Trustee and Welsh Liaison for Education Otherwise regarding the draft statutory guidance for local authorities on home education

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Letter from the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services regarding Early Childhood Education and Care

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


4.1 The Motion was agreed.

(10.40 - 11.40)


Post-Legislative Scrutiny of the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015 - consideration of the draft report


5.1 The Committee considered the draft report.

5.2 Members agreed that an amended report would be circulated and agreed by email.