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Proposal to cease Moderate Learning Difficulties provision at Plasnewydd Primary School.

 

This consultation is now closed  

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Consultation Documents

Please click here for the decision.

Please click here for the final consultation report.

Please click here for the statutory notice in respect of the proposal.

The purpose of this consultation.

In order to meet the growth in the incidence of pupils with ASD including specialist provision for high-functioning pupils with ASD at KS2,3 and 4, it is proposed that there is realignment of reducing numbers of pupils requiring MLD specialist provision. The consultation is to invite your views on the proposal to cease MLD provision at Plasnewydd Primary School. The Learning Resource Centre was set up for 15 pupils with MLD.

The proposal.

In order to take this forward, it is necessary to carry out a consultation exercise with staff, parents, pupils, interested parties and the governing body as the first step in the statutory process. If carried through to completion, the proposal would come into effect on 1st September 2014.

What the proposal means in practice

The proposal if approved would mean that:

  • The 3 pupils identified with MLD in Year 6 would transition to their local Secondary School and access the usual range of “mainstream” experiences. This will be achieved through the curriculum and the school as a community, whilst maintaining the support of the specialist educational input to meet their needs.

  • The 1 year 5 pupil will be integrated into a mainstream class in year 6 at Plasnewydd with support.

  • From the pupils’ point of view, we expect that there will be a seamless transition in the transfer to Secondary School and being integrated into a mainstream class. Their progress will be closely monitored and individual plans regularly reviewed. There will be no change to pupils’ home to school transport arrangements as a result of this proposal as the current policy still stands.
  • The total full year savings within the overall protected Primary Schools Delegated Budget of approximately £45,000. This could be re-allocated to fund the growth in Special Class provision in other areas of the County Borough.

Why has this proposal been brought forward?

Since 2005, Bridgend County Borough Council has been working with schools to implement two strategies:

  • Learning Communities: Schools of the Future, and
  • Education  
  • Inclusion.

An important principle adopted by the Council is that decision-making should be close to delivery as possible. This approach means that decisions can be made more quickly and often with better information than under an “arm’s length” arrangement. Also, performance management is likely to be more effective.

Learning Communities: Schools of the future and the Education Inclusion Strategy support the principles that, as far as possible, children should be educated within a main school environment and as near to home as possible.

There is a reduction of pupils requiring MLD specialist provision and a growth in the incidence of pupils with ASD including high-functioning pupils with ASD at KS2,3 and 4.

Staffing

The existing staff will be offered alternative employment within the Local Authority. 

What are the advantages if the proposal goes ahead?

Quality and standards in education.

  • Outcomes (standards and wellbeing).

Many children enter Plasnewydd Primary School with skills below those normally expected for children of their age. School data shows that most pupils make good and sometimes very good progress in their learning during their time in school.

Most pupils demonstrate good attitudes to learning and work productively with others. Standards of behaviour are good.

Pupils acquire a good range of social and life skills which prepares them well for life outside school.  When Plasnewydd was last inspected in June 2011, standards were judged as good.  Pupils’ overall results at the end of Key Stage 2 for English, Mathematics and Science have generally been above the averages for the family of schools.  Results in Mathematics and Science compare favourably with local authority and national averages in most years but they are lower in English.

The pupil integrating into Year 6 would benefit from these good outcomes.

  • Provision (learning experiences, teaching, care support and guidance and learning environment);

All aspects of this area were judged to be good. 

All teachers provide a good range of stimulating learning experiences which generate interest and meet pupils’ needs well. They ensure that lesson content is set at an appropriate level to promote pupils’ learning. Across the school, there is a good emphasis on responding to the needs of pupils with additional learning needs; this is a strength.

There is effective use of a range of agencies to provide additional personal and specialist support as required.

The school has a fully inclusive ethos and takes good account of the diversity of pupils’ backgrounds. It offers pupils equal access to the curriculum and to all aspects of its provision.

The pupil integrating into Year 6 at Plasnewydd Primary School would benefit from a stimulating inclusive learning environment.

  • Leadership and management (leadership, improving quality, partnership working and resource management);

The leadership and management were judged to be good.

The headteacher has a clearly defined vision for the school which is understood and shared by all. There is a strong team ethos. Pupils’ progress and standards in the core subjects are evaluated effectively through detailed analysis and a range of performance data.

The school’s range of partnerships with local community groups, other schools, higher education institutions, businesses and the local authority make an effective contribution to pupils’ learning and wellbeing. Parents are offered regular opportunities to discuss their child’s progress.

The year 6 pupil integrating into year 6 and the pupil’s parents would be fully supported.

Finance

The proposed closure of the MLD class will generate total full year savings of approximately £45,000 within the overall protected Primary Schools Delegated Budget. This could be re-allocated to fund the growth in Special Class provision in other areas of the County Borough.

What are the potential disadvantages if the proposal goes ahead?

Any such changes can cause anxiety for some people, especially where they are happy with the current arrangements. There may also be confusion about how these proposals sit alongside other changes, for instance those related to the “ Statementing or something better” pilots and forthcoming legislation.

Details of the affected school

Plasnewydd Primary School.
Castle Street,
Maesteg,
Bridgend.
CF34 9UN.

The table below provides details of the September 2013 numbers on roll at Plasnewydd Primary School and the figures recorded for the previous four annual censuses.

 

Jan-2010

Jan-2011

Jan-2012

Jan-2013

Sept-2013

 

F/T

P/T

F/T

P/T

F/T

P/T

F/T

P/T

F/T

P/T

Plasnewydd Primary

31N

and

293

4N

21N

and

272

8N

33N

and

260

6N

34N

and

237

11N

37N

and

245

0

The following table provides a 5 year projection of pupil population for Plasnewydd Primary School which is an English Medium Primary School with a pupil capacity of 4-11, 258, nursery 41, graded as Condition B.

Year

Nursery 1&2

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Total

 

2-4

4 - 5

5 - 6

6 - 7

7 - 8

8 - 9

9 - 10

10 - 11

2-11

2014

37

36

35

22

30

41

42

38

281

2015

37

35

38

34

22

32

43

40

281

2016

37

46

37

37

33

24

34

41

289

2017

37

30

48

36

36

36

25

32

280

2018

37

37

32

47

35

40

38

24

290

Other Considerations

Summaries of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales (Estyn) inspection reports relating to Plasnewydd Primary School are included at Appendix A.

Impact Assessment: Community

There is no significant negative impact on the community.

Impact Assessment: Equalities

As part of the overall process, the Council has a duty to consider the implications of any proposal on all members of the local community who may be affected unfairly as a result of the proposal being carried out.

An initial assessment has been made of the potential for inequality of opportunity arising from these and a full equalities impact assessment will be undertaken in parallel with the consultation process. The outcomes and actions identified by this assessment will be included in a report to cabinet on the consultation process.

If you have any views on the potential of this proposal to affect any groups or individuals either positively or adversely, then we would welcome your comments as part of this consultation.

The consultation and statutory process

The consultation process will be completed by 16 January 2014 and the outcomes (which will be incorporated into the proposal where possible) will be reported to a cabinet meeting on the 4 February 2014. If there is a decision not to proceed, that will be the end of this proposal for the future and an alternative proposal will need to be sought.

If the decision is to go ahead, a statutory notice outlining the proposals would need to be published for a period of 28 days and any formal written objections at this Public Notice stage, Cabinet will need to consider the proposal. Cabinet could then  accept, reject or modify the proposal. If there are no objections to the proposal, then it will go ahead subject to final approval by Cabinet.

The provisional timetable and procedure are as follows:

3 December 2013 to 16 January 2014 Consultation period where we welcome your views and observations on the proposal. Please note that responses to consultation will not be counted as objections to the proposal and that objections can only be registered following publication of the Public Notice.
17 January 2014

Publish Consultation Report on BCBCMwebsite, hard copies of the report will be available on request.

4 February 2014 Consultation report to Cabinet on the outcomes of the consultation.
12 February 2014 If agreed by the Cabinet of Bridgend County Borough Council, a Public Notice will be published and there will be a period of 28 days in which to submit any to the proposal in writing.
12 March 2014 End of Public Notice period. If there are objections Cabinet can immediately whether to proceed or not. If there are any objections, an objections report will be published by 31 March 2014 to Cabinet for their consideration and subsequent determination.

What do you now have to consider?

You are invited to consider the proposal and submit your views as to whether or not you support the proposal to cease MLD provision at Plasnewydd Primary School.

How do you make your views known?

There will be consultation meetings held as detailed below for the different interested parties. You are invited to attend the relevant meeting where you can hear an explanation of the proposal, put questions and express any views or concerns you may have.

Venue: Plasnewydd Primary School Date  Time
Staff of Plasnewydd Primary School 4 December 2013 3.30pm
Governing Body Plasnewydd Primary School 4 December 2013 4.30pm
Parents of Pupils at Plasnewydd Primary School and other interested parties 8 January 2014 3.30pm
School Council of Plasnewydd Primary School. TBC TBC

If you have any further questions regarding this proposal, wish to put your views in writing, suggest alternative proposals or request a copy of the consultation report when published, please contact (using the attached proforma):

Corporate Director- Children
Children’s Directorate
Sunnyside
Bridgend
CF31 4AR.

Please mark for the attention of Ellen Franks or e-mail ellen.franks@bridgend.gov.uk

All views must be received by no later than 16 January 2014. 

Appendix A

Summary of Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales inspection of Plasnewydd Primary School.

Estyn - Plasnewydd Primary School

In these evaluations, inspectors use a four-point scale:

Judgement What the judgement means
Excellent Many strengths, including significant examples of sector-leading practice.
Good Many strengths and no important areas requiring significant improvement.
Adequate Strengths outweigh areas for improvement.
Unsatisfactory Important areas for improvement outweigh strengths.

Pro Forma - Proposal to cease MLD provision at Plasnewydd Primary School.

Name:

Contact details: 

Are you (please tick)

School Governor                                    Parent/Guardian

School Pupil                                           School staff

Other interested party (specify) 

Comments/suggestions/requests/questions:

 

This consultation is now closed 

Last Updated: 17/07/2014
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