It sometimes seems that in Health and Education Ministers are more intent on being seen be doing something rather than doing what is right.
Still the news that Councils in Wales could be stripped of their responsibility for school improvement under a raft of new proposals put before the Welsh Government.may be one that will work
According to Wales Online :
A major review into education delivery has suggested transferring some statutory local authority education functions to Wales’ four regional consortia.
If approved, the move would effectively cut out the layer of accountability provided by local authority education services and make consortiums directly answerable to elected members on matters of school improvement.
A report put forward by former UK Government adviser Robert Hill also suggests reducing the number of local education authorities (LEAs) in Wales by a third by April 2014.
One of several “key short-term options”, it builds on Education Minister Leighton Andrews’ plans to merge struggling Merthyr Tydfil with nearby Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Writing in his report, Mr Hill said current arrangements in Wales are “profoundly unsatisfactory” and fall short of good practise.
“The good news is that I found a widespread recognition among just about everyone I met that things cannot continue as they are,” he said.
Mr Hill said he had visited 20 primary, secondary and special schools across Wales to hear at first hand of the progress being made.
“This is a key moment in the improvement journey for schools in Wales. There are some parts of the system that are demonstrating outstanding practise and others where performance is poor. Overall, the system might be said to be fair.“Many participants recognise the need for change and want to be in the vanguard of improving outcomes and life chances for young people in Wales. They want to see the pathway for taking Welsh schools to a level where they are acclaimed as forming a great system.”
There then unfortunately follows a load of waffle where Hill says things like :
“Many participants recognise the need for change and want to be in the vanguard of improving outcomes and life chances for young people in Wales. They want to see the pathway for taking Welsh schools to a level where they are acclaimed as forming a great system.”and
“teachers should be seen as leaders from the start of their career” and leadership development boards should be developed at both national and regional level to lead a “step-change” in capacity to run schools.
Why could n't he simply say that " the present system is not working and we think we need to create a new structure to see that it does"
Earlier this month, Torfaen Council may have given us an example of the T, put forward plans to relinquish some of its statutory education functions.
The proposals would see the South-East Wales education consortium – consisting of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen – assuming responsibility for the council’s school improvement.
Despite my misgivings over the idea that "We must be seeing to do something". This may have merit but why stop there?.
Why not include health, policing and the fire departments in the consortia this plan to create a Tier of four elected super councils of about 20 members to oversee this ?
Creating a super education body which are unaccountable to the electorate is not the answer but a new authority concentrating on the three areas of Health,Education and Policing may be.