Estyn’s inspection team found that the current performance of the local authority education services is unsatisfactory and also found the local authority’s prospects for improvement unsatisfactory. Estyn believes that special measures are required.
Leighton Andrews said:
“There can be no doubt that this is a highly damning report. The education service within the authority is in an unacceptable position and urgent action is needed to address the issues raised.
“Our officials are now working closely with the Welsh Government Commissioners, the Isle of Anglesey County Council and the Welsh Local Government Association to ensure that an appropriate and robust solution is in place as soon as possible.”
Carl Sargeant said:
“Anglesey is already run by Welsh Government Commissioners who were appointed to address fundamental failures of corporate leadership and governance. Recovery in education needs to go hand in hand with the corporate recovery which the Commissioners are leading.
“We are pleased that all concerned fully support our approach and have contributed effectively to developing it. It is good to see that the Isle of Anglesey County Council’s political and officer leadership has accepted the report’s findings fully, has welcomed the appointment of a Board which is fully aligned with the progress of the corporate governance recovery and has committed at an early stage to engaging effectively with the Board to put matters right.”
The role of the new Recovery Board will be to sustain and advise the Welsh Government Commissioners and to challenge and support the Council’s officers and members in respect of Anglesey’s education services.
The Board will include a senior education official from the Welsh Government and from the WLGA, a Chair and two education professionals. Further details on appointments will be made in due course.
The Board will report directly to Ministers and will provide regular monthly updates. The Welsh Government intends to review the progress and impact of the Board after six months.