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Structure of Education Services Review Task and Finish Group

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This page details the Education Services Review Task and Finish Group. The group took a long-term, whole system view on whether education structures enable and support the delivery of best value services to the citizens of Wales. It ran in parallel with the Front Line Resources Review programme, linking into its work and providing an external challenge element.

The Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning established a Structure of Education Services Task and Finish Group to work in parallel with the Front Line Resources Review, linking with it and drawing heavily upon the activity which was already under way.

The full membership of the Task and Finish Group was as follows:


  •  Vivian Thomas (First Headteacher of Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr and first Headteacher of Birchgrove Comprehensive School. Former Corporate Director for Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning at Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. A Specialist Adviser to the Independent Strategic Review of education in Northern Ireland published in December 2006, Chaired by Sir George Bain).

Group Members:

  • Wil Edmunds OBE (Former Principal at Deeside College and former Chair of ACCAC [Awdurdod Cymwysterau, Cwricwlwm ac Asesu Cymru/Qualifications and Assessment Authority for Wales]);
  • Bethan Guilfoyle CBE (Head Teacher, Treorchy Comprehensive School, currently on part time secondment to Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority education department.);
  • Dr Tim Williams (Founder of consulting company, Publicani and currently is working on projects in the UK and Australia. A former teacher, he has been called to the Bar from the Inner Temple, London and has worked for the NUT);
  • Dr Brett Pugh (Chief Education Officer at Newport City Council. Previous experience ranges from being a lecturer in Further Education to 10 years as a Primary School Teacher).

The group considered the case for change to existing service structures and governance arrangements and, in particular which education services:

  • should be provided at national level;
  • should be provided at regional consortia level;
  • should be provided at local authority level;
  • should be devolved to providers, including schools or clusters of schools;
  • should be provided on another organisational basis.

The group was also asked to identify the implications for funding, planning and governance of services arising from the above points.

The Group coordinated its work with the Minister for Social Justice and Local Government’s independent study on the delivery of services currently provided by local authorities in Wales.