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Proposal to establish a Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at Llangewydd Junior School for up to 8 (FTE) pupils (in Key Stage 2) for pupils with communication difficulties.

 

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

The proposal

The consultation is to invite your views on the proposal to establish a Learning Resource Centre at Llangewydd Junior School for up to 8 FTE pupils at Key Stage 2 with communication difficulties with Llangewydd Junior School having full responsibility for the special provision in their school.  

The Learning Resource Centre would be an integrated part of the mainstream school, providing an appropriate environment in which pupils can develop and thrive within their peer group and have normal access to the mainstream curriculum, where appropriate.

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:

  • Pupils currently in the Learning Resource Centre on the roll of Ysgol Bryn Castell would transfer to the roll of Llangewydd Junior School. Admissions would normally take place each September for the start of year 3, however, there may be occasions when pupils would be admitted at other times, subject to places being available.

  • The Learning Resource Centre would generate and maximise opportunities for inclusion within the mainstream environment, whilst meeting the individual learning, emotional and social needs of the children and young people.

  • The Learning Resource Centre will provide specialist learning facilities within the school, it will also provide curriculum expertise to mainstream classes.

  •  From the pupils’ point of view they will continue to have access to individual, small group and whole class experiences, as appropriate. Their progress will be closely monitored and individual plans regularly reviewed. There will be no change to pupil’s home school transport arrangements as a result of this proposal as the current policy still stands.

  • Other mainstream pupils in Llangewydd Junior School with communication difficulties would also benefit from this proposal as it seeks to widen the specialist learning facilities within the school and provide expertise and advice to all staff.

  • Parents will only need to deal with one headteacher, one group of staff and one site. The pupils and parents will be full members of the school community at the location at which their child is at school.                                                    

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.

The Ysgol Bryn Castell satellite provisions demonstrated that it was possible for young people with a range of difficulties to make good progress within a mainstream school.

It also confirmed that the needs of the young people in the satellite were similar cases to those pupils already on roll at the comprehensive school.

Governing Body

The proposals would also require a change to the school funding formula and the LMS Scheme of Delegation, so, alongside the consultation we will also need to consult with the school governing body on the financial aspects.

Staffing

It is intended that Ysgol Bryn Castell staff working in the satellite provisions at Maes yr Haul at the time of the implementation date will transfer to Llangewydd Junior School. Llangewydd Junior School may need to review its staffing structure in light of the new provision.

What are the advantages if the proposal goes ahead?

Quality and standards in education

  • Outcomes (standards and wellbeing).

When Llangewydd were last inspected in July 2013, standards were judged as good and wellbeing excellent.  In Key Stage 2 in 2012, the percentage of pupils who achieved the expected (level 4) or better in English, Mathematics and Science in combination (the core subject indicator) and as separate subjects was above average for the family of similar schools and for primary schools in Wales.  Performance in the core subject indicator and in English has improved consistently over the last four years but performance in Mathematics and Science has been more variable.

All pupils make good progress during their time in the school and a minority make very good progress.

Pupils with additional learning needs achieve very well against personal targets and make very good progress relative to their ability. Nearly all pupils who follow additional reading and spelling programmes make good progress within a short space of time thrive during their time there.

The significant development of their wellbeing is a real strength of the school.

Behaviour by all pupils is very good at all times and they are always keen to get on with their work. They develop very positive attitudes to learning and show great respect and care for each other. This is an outstanding feature of the school.

The pupils attending the Learning Resource will achieve very well against personal targets and their well- being would be excellent.

When Maes yr Haul Primary school were inspected in January 2011, standards were judged as good and wellbeing good.  The school’s results in KS2 at Level 4 in English, Mathematics and Science are above local and national percentages and in line with the family average, while at the higher levels 3 and 5 they are better than all three comparators.

When Ysgol Bryn Castell Special School were inspected in February 2013, standards were judged as good and wellbeing good.

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

Learning experiences, teaching and care support and guidance were judged to be excellent and the learning environment was judged to be good.

The school’s curriculum is broad and balanced, and meets every pupil’s needs very effectively. The school provides an exceptionally wide range of learning experiences, which are very successful in motivating all pupils to learn.

The quality of teaching is consistently good or better in all classes. This is an outstanding feature. Teachers and learning support assistants have very good subject knowledge and have high expectations of all pupils.

Provision for pupils with additional learning needs, including the more able, is of a very high quality and impacts positively on pupil outcomes.

The school is an inclusive community where pupils have equal access to all areas of learning and provision.

The pupils attending the Learning Resource Centre would benefit from excellent learning experiences and an inclusive community.

 All aspects of provision at Ysgol Bryn Castell Special School were judged to be good.

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

Leadership, improving quality, partnership working were judged to be excellent and resource management was judged to be good.  Leadership and management are very good. The senior management team is highly effective and the impact of teamwork and distributed leadership is outstanding.

Governors undertake their responsibilities very effectively.

The school is highly effective in evaluating learning and teaching.

Links with parents and carers are exemplary.

Learning support assistants contribute significantly to the pupils’ learning experiences.

The pupils attending the Learning Resource Centre and their parents would be very well supported at Llangewydd Junior School.

All aspects of leadership and management at Maes yr Haul Primary School were judged to be good.

All aspects of leadership and management at Ysgol Bryn Castell Special School were judged to be good.

Finance

At present, funding for the Maes yr Haul satellite provision is included in the delegated school budget for Ysgol Bryn Castell. If transferred, the new Learning Resource Centre would be funded through the mainstream school’s (Llangewydd Junior School) delegated budget, via the school’s formula allocation, and using a combination of the age-weighted pupil unit (AWPU) element, plus a per place factor.

Funding levels would be derived from the notional current staffing needs, and be at a similar level to the amounts that the authority currently provides to Ysgol Bryn Castell.

If the pupil numbers remain constant, then the cost of the provision would be largely unchanged. The number of places would be set annually for the first two years (due to transitional changes) and then reviewed every three years, to enable staffing stability to assist in school planning. The school would be given at least 6 months’ notice of changes.

These proposed funding arrangements are similar to those implemented for Secondary Schools in 2013-2014, that were part of the annual consultation with governing bodies and the School Budget Forum on changes to the school’s funding formulae. The proposed change in funding for this Learning Resource Centre will necessitate a transfer of funds from the Special Schools ISB to the Primary Schools ISB.

Since the proposals are largely related to governance, management and financial issues, it is proposed to implement them, where possible from 1st April 2014, that is in line with the start of the new financial year. However, transitional arrangements have been implemented for the Summer term 2013, to ensure that exisiting special class provision can continue to the end of the academic year. The proposed implementation date will be subject to the outcome of the formal consultation and outcome of any statutory proposals.

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 schools

Llangewydd Junior School.
Llangewydd Road,
Bridgend.
CF34 9UN.

Ysgol Bryn Castell Special School.
Llangewydd Road,
Cefn Glas,
Bridgend.
CF31 4JP.

Maes yr Haul Primary School.
Ffordd Tirion,
Broadlands,
Bridgend.
CF31 5EG.

The table below provides details of the September 2013 numbers on roll at Llangewydd Junior 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

Llangewydd Juniors

225

0

229

0

240

0

276

0

312

0

The following table provides a 5 year projection of pupil population for Llangewydd Junior School which is an English Medium Junior School with a pupil capacity of 8-11, 272.  There is expectation that capacity for 2013 is expected to be around 412 following the amalgamation with Bryntirion Juniors. 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

 

 

 

 

73

83

75

80

311

2015

 

 

 

 

88

74

83

76

321

2016

 

 

 

 

77

90

75

85

327

2017

 

 

 

 

85

78

91

77

331

2018

 

 

 

 

100

87

79

93

359

The table below provides details of the September 2013 numbers on roll at Ysgol Bryn Castell Special 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

YBC

161

0

160

0

167

0

195

0

117

0

Ysgol Bryn Castell Special School is an English Medium Special School Graded as Condition C.

The table below provides details of the September 2013 numbers on roll at Maes yr Haul 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

Maes yr Haul Primary

64N

&

464

0

64N

&

478

64N

&

484

484

0

64N

&

500

0

59N

&

498

 

The following table provides a 5 year projection of pupil population for Maes yr Haul Primary School which is an English Medium Primary School with a pupil capacity of 4-11, 480, Nursery 62.  Graded as Condition A.

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

64

74

79

76

71

82

68

57

563

2015

64

64

75

79

76

74

81

68

581

2016

64

69

65

76

79

79

72

81

585

2017

64

64

70

66

76

82

77

73

572

2018

64

68

65

71

66

79

81

78

572

Other Considerations

Summaries of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales (Estyn) inspection reports relating to Llangewydd Junior School are included at Appendix A, Ysgol Bryn Castell Special School at Appendix B and Maes yr Haul Primary School at Appendix C.

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 16th January 2014 and the outcomes (which will be incorporated into the proposal where possible) will be reported to a cabinet meeting on the 4th 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:

3December 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 BCBC website, 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 objections to the proposal in writing.
12th March 2014 End of Public Notice period. If there are no objections Cabinet can immediately decide whether to proceed or not. If there are any objections, an Objections Report will be published by 31st March 2014 forwarded 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 establish a Learning Resource Centre at Llangewydd Junior School for up to 8 pupils with communication difficulties at Key Stage 2 with Llangewydd Junior School having full responsibility for the specialist provision in their 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: Llangewydd Junior School Date Time
Staff of Llangewydd Junior  School 14 January  2014 3.30pm
Governing Body Llangewydd Junior School 14 January  2014 4.30pm
Parents of Pupils at Llangewydd Junior School and other interested parties. 14 January  2014 5.30pm
School Council of Llangewydd Junior 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 16th January 2014. 

Appendix A

Summary of Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales inspection of Llangewydd Junior School

 

 

 

Appendix B

Summary of Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales inspection of Ysgol Bryn Castell Special School

 

 

Appendix C

Summary of Estyn, Her Majesty’ s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales inspection of Maes yr Haul Primary School

 

 

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

Judgement What the judgement means sector-leading practice.
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 establish a Learning Resource Centre at Llangewydd Junior School

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School Pupil                                           School staff

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This consultation has now closed 

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