The Education Minister is very interested in the Forum and is keen to meet with members. He visited Ysgol Garth Olwg recently and T. Edwards, the head, had an opportunity to give pointers on aspects of All Age Education.
Two years have been given for Phase 2 of the action research in order to avoid too much pressure on schools, and the money will be allocated according to Forum needs. The action research for 2020-2021 is coming to an end and there should be an opportunity for reporting back by the end of the Autumn Term. Regarding website content development, only videos will be required. HLl, Mark Ford (LlC), Mark Jones(PLC), and Kevin Palmer have discussed the content they would like to see on the website.
Alex Southern from Swansea University will lead the research.
DH thanked HLl for his successful bid for the funding and noted that it was very valuable and that the developments are exciting. ME noted that the funding reflects the need for research and sharing of good practice. TE said that heads of new AASs were already coming to the Forum and therefore the journey is far less lonely than it was for heads before the existence of the Forum. HLl said that WG is happy to fund the Forum directly as the developments are visible. Some money has been kept back for potential face-to face meetings during the Autumn Term.
Below is a draft of participating schools. Huw Lloyd and Dorian Pugh will be working on participating schools
Area of Research
Abertillery , Bro Idris, Penrhyndewi
Llanharri, Porth, Bro Hyddgen, Ebbw Fawr, Gwynllyw, Penrhyndewi, Garth Olwg, Bro Teifi
Porth, Penrhyndewi, Garth Olwg, Gwynllyw, Llanharri
Bro Hyddgen, Henry Richard, Bae Baglan, Bro Teifi, Idris Davies
Ebbw Fawr, Henry Richard, Bae Baglan, Idris Davies
This list will go out to everyone in the forum so that other schools have an opportunity to participate. A team leader will be needed for each group to facilitate the work for Alex Southern.
AOB – HLl thanked all for attending despite the continuing Covid problems. RhT asked to be added to the Head’s email list.