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Transcript: Transcript for 23/06/2020 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd

Items
Note No. Item

(13.30)

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.

 

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 The Chair noted apologies from Hefin David MS and Siân Gwenllian MS. The Chair welcomed Joyce Watson MS and Helen Mary Jones MS as substitutes.

 

1.5 The Chair also welcomed Russell George MS to the meeting in his capacity as Chair of the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee, given the Committee’s interest in skills, research and innovation.

(13.30 - 14.30)

2.

COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on higher and further education with higher education representatives

Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor - University of Wales Trinity Saint David and of the University of Wales

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

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor - Aberystwyth University

Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor – Swansea University

Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive - HEFCW

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and of the University of Wales, Universities Wales, Aberystwyth University, Swansea University and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. 

 

(14.30)

3.

Motion under Standing Order 17.42(ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the meeting for item 4

Minutes:

3.1 The motion was agreed.

(14.40 - 15.00)

4.

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.

(15.00 - 15.40)

5.

COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on higher and further education with further education representatives

Dr Rachel Bowen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs - ColegauCymru / CollegesWales

Dr Andrew Cornish, Principal and Chief Executive - Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion

Philip Blaker, Chief Executive – Qualifications Wales

Denver Davies, Head of Monitoring and Compliance – Qualifications Wales

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.1 The Committee heard evidence from ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion and Qualifications Wales.

 

(15.40)

6.

Motion under Standing Order 17.42(ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the meeting for item 7

Minutes:

6.1 The motion was agreed.

(15.50 - 16.10)

7.

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.

 

(16.10 - 16.50)

8.

COVID-19: Evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on higher and further education: staff and student voices

Joe Atkinson, Press and Public Affairs Consultant – NUS Wales

Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor - WONKHE

Dr Myfanwy Davies, Council Governor appointed by Academic Staff - Bangor University

Dan Beard, UNISON Higher Education executive member and chair of UNISON Cymru Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

8.1 The Committee heard evidence from NUS Wales, WONKHE, Bangor University and UNISON Cymru Wales.

 

9.

Papers to note

9.1

Letter from the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services - response to the Committee's letter of 12 May requesting further information on the impact of Covid-19 on children and young people

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

9.1 The papers were noted.

9.2

Letter from the Chair to the Minister for Education regarding an update on ALN reform

Supporting documents:

9.3

Additional information from the All Wales Heads of Children's Services following the meeting on the 18 May

Supporting documents:

(16.50)

10.

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

Minutes:

10.1 The motion was agreed.

(16.50 - 17.00)

11.

COVID-19: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

11.1 The Committee considered the evidence it heard in the previous session.

(17.00 - 17.10)

12.

Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill - consideration of approach

Minutes:

12.1 The Committee considered its approach to the Bill.

12.2 Members agreed the timetable in principle, subject to the availability of meeting slots.

12.3 The Committee noted that it was expecting a high volume of responses to the consultation given the interest in this Bill. It further noted that it would keep the Business Committee and Welsh Government updated should the high volume of responses, or the current emergency operating arrangements, cause any difficulties in terms of the proposed timetable.