'Recovery Board' appointed to improve education services
7:18pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
A Welsh Government Recovery Board has been appointed to oversee improvements in Pembrokeshire's education services the Minister for Education announced today.
Huw Lewis AM issued a written statement today and outlined his decision to issue a direction to the County Council ensuring co-operation with a 'Recovery Board' and 'providing reserve powers for the Board to issue such instructions as it considers reasonable to ensure the compliance of the local authority'.
Pembrokeshire County Council will remain 'solely responsible' for education and ensuring its functions are performed to 'at least an adequate standard'.
Mr Lewis added that he would consider it a 'serious failure' if it was necessary for the Recovery Board to issue any instructions.
The statement has been issued following reports by the Wales Audit Office and Estyn published last year which found performance in primary schools 'unsatisfactory' and arrangements for supporting and challenging schools were not robust enough.
Estyn also judged the prospects for improvement in the county unsatisfactory.
Mr Lewis added: "Notwithstanding those criticisms Estyn did identify some aspects of the education service which were positive and alongside that the authority has made a number of new appointments to support its service delivery. "
The Recovery Board comprises Professor Ian Roffe, former Director for the Centre for Enterprise, European and Extension Services at the University of Wales Lampeter; David Williams, former director of Children and Young People's Services at Reading and Durham Councils; Karen Evans, Chief Education Officer at Denbighshire Council and representatives of the Centre for Public Scrutiny Jessica Crowe or Rebecca David-Knight.
Its first meeting was held on July 17 and reports will be made to Mr Lewis on progress.
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