The Welsh Government response to the far reaching review of education services by Robert Hill is a ‘damp squib’, according to Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas.
Robert Hill’s review exposed several weaknesses within the education sector –such as lack of leadership within consortia, local authorities and schools. He recommended that local authorities and schools needed to collaborate more and share best practice rather than competing with one another.
Simon Thomas, Mid and West AM for the Party Of Wales said:
“After the excitement generated about the possibilities outlined in the Robert Hill’s report to the Welsh Government on education services the Education Minister’s response is a damp squib.
“The Welsh Government could have done this a year ago without commissioning Robert Hill to do a report. It is disappointing the Welsh Government is concentrating on two recommendations: local authorities stopping providing school improvement services, and funding regional consortia directly, and are ignoring a range of recommendations dealing with the governance, accountability and common standards among those consortia.
“This is cherry-picking from the recommendations that the Minister’s friends in Welsh Local Government can live with and a complete volte face on the previous Minister’s attitude.
“The delivery of education services in Wales will continue to be a mess, unless other issues around governance, accountability, data sharing, targets, structures and appointments are sorted out first. Plaid Cymru would strengthen the accountability regarding the working of consortia at the same time as they got the money from Welsh Government.
“If I was Education Minister I would chair twice yearly meetings of all consortia to hold them to account.”