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Written Statement - Update in respect of the Anglesey Recovery Board

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Leighton Andrews, Minister for Education and Skills

In a joint Statement that the Minister for Local Government and Communities and I issued at the beginning of October, we advised Members of the action that is being taken to address the shortcomings identified during the inspection of education services for children and young people in Anglesey.  We said that we would keep Members informed of progress in respect of establishing a Recovery Board to support the authority.

The Anglesey Recovery Board has met monthly since November and is making steady progress with an official being seconded to the local authority on a full time basis as a Project Manager in order to facilitate the challenge and support process.

As I said in my October statement I will be keeping the structure and membership of the board under review as their work progresses; I made a commitment that should there be a need to augment the board membership I would move to add additional members to this small taskforce as quickly as possible.  Having reflected on the current structure and membership I now believe that a further board member is required.

As such an additional member of the Board will be appointed in February to ensure parity of representation from the Primary Education Sector.  This will further strengthen the knowledge, expertise and experience of the Board.  Jano Owen who is headteacher of Ysgol Bro Tryweryn in Gwynedd will therefore join the board.

I will continue to keep colleagues updated as progress is made.