Concise Minutes - Children, Young People and Education Committee

Meeting Venue:

 Video Conference via Zoom

Meeting date: Thursday, 23 June 2022

Meeting time: 09.15 - 13.21
This meeting can be viewed
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Members of the Senedd:

Jayne Bryant MS (Chair)

James Evans MS

Laura Anne Jones MS

Ken Skates MS

Sioned Williams MS


Mary van den Heuvel, National Education Union (NEU)

Hannah O'Neill, National Education Union (NEU) Cymru

Mark Campion, Estyn

Catherine Evans, Estyn

Professor Ann John, Swansea University

Menai Jones, NASUWT

Llinos Jones, Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru (UCAC)

Liz Miles, Estyn

Committee Staff:

Naomi Stocks (Clerk)

Tom Lewis-White (Second Clerk)

Sarah Bartlett (Deputy Clerk)

Sian Hughes (Researcher)

Jennifer Cottle (Legal Adviser)



1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

1.1 The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting of the Children, Young People and  Education Committee.

1.2 Apologies had been received from Buffy Williams MS, there was no substitute.



2       Pupil absence - evidence session 4

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from the teaching unions.



3       Pupil absence - evidence session 5

3.1 The Committee heard evidence from Estyn.

3.2 Estyn agreed to provide the Committee with examples of good practice in schools of the support given to different groups of learners who have been affected by general and persistent absence.



4       Pupil absence - evidence session 6

4.1 The Committee heard evidence from Professor Ann John.



5       Papers to note

5.1 The papers were noted.





6       Motion under Standing Order 17.42(ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of this meeting

6.1 The motion was agreed.



7       Pupil absence - consideration of the evidence

7.1 The Committee considered the evidence it has heard in the previous sessions.



8       Peer on peer sexual harassment among learners - consideration of the draft report

8.1 The Committee considered the draft report and agreed that it would be considered further at next week’s meeting.





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