About | 01.11.2017 | By Paul Simpson

Report to NEC by BATOD Wales representatives at NEC

 

 

10-06-17

Regional/National information and events report

BATOD Wales members have been proactive in their responses to the ALN Bill consultation through local authority events.

An ongoing concern is the need for legal protection and definition of the role of the Qualified Teacher of the Deaf.

Committee meetings report

The committee has met once since the last NEC. The meeting was hosted by the new super school in Neath Port Talbot, Ysgol Bae Baglan. The very successful H.I. resource provision from Cwrt Sart School has now been changed by the school amalgamation.

Sam Thomas Magill acted as chair and will do so for the next meeting. It was a productive meeting and addressed several issues.

Sally and Rhian are to attend a focus group to look at access arrangements for the planned transfer of national tests to electronic format in 2018.

Information about a virtual conference arranged in Bridgend was disseminated.

Concerns were raised at the small pool of people from which to find participants for national activities such as the CRIDE survey and the House of Commons event.

The rest of the meeting concerned plans for the PLC.

Planned events for the next 12 months

Date topic venue contact
23rd October 2017 PLC – Supporting Teachers of The Deaf TBC – Central or North Wale BATOD Wales

12-03-17

Regional/National information and events report

The committee is currently studying the Wales ALN Bill which is out for consultation and the newly published draft Code of Practice.

Teachers of the Deaf in Wales continue to feel threatened by changing legislation and by shifting local management and organisation. Some authorities are devolving more of their central services to schools; other teams are no longer the first choice for some schools, who are exercising their right to buy in services from elsewhere.

Committee meetings report

The committee has met once since the last NEC. The meeting was hosted by the primary base in Neath as this is a central point for members travelling from Gwent and Carmarthenshire, Claire Littlejohn from Flint joined via Skype.

Sam Thomas-Magill has agreed to remain as the chair, but the post will revolve.

Allison Ayres continues to suffer ill health and so the additional Welsh rep will also revolve amongst committee members. Jayne Taylor will attend the Manchester NEC and Trish Garland, the Belfast meeting alongside Sarah.

Planned events for the next 12 months

Date topic venue contact
Spring/early Summer CPD/Assertiveness/Morale raising tba BATOD Wales

 

 

 

 

18-06-16

Regional/National information and events report

Informal national conference feedback from Welsh members has been very positive.

Sallie Durbridge, (Chair) and Shân Thomas are part of the All Wales Sensory Advisory Group reporting to the Assistant Directors of Education in Wales (ADEW) Inclusion Group. The Group’s function is to advise ADEW on issues affecting the education, holistic development and well-being of children and young people with sensory impairments with particular attention to establishing a consistent Wales-wide entitlement for CYP with sensory impairment and monitoring and advising on workforce issues. There has been strong representation to Welsh Government from a number of members within the group e.g. NDCS, RNIB, BATOD, SENSE, in terms of the need to ensure that the MQs are specified in the ALN Bill.

Following the workshop at the national conference, Sallie wrote to Emma Williams on behalf of BATOD Wales regarding the need to have the MQ specified in the ALN Bill; she received a pleasant reply expressing thanks for the conference invitation, and copying in these concerns to Tania Nicholson, lead on the development of the Bill and Code and to Colin Hedges, lead on workforce planning. Emma noted that the next Government would have responsibility for what would be in the draft Bill.

Committee meetings report

The committee has met twice since the last NEC but has also conducted a lot of business via email. Cwrt Sart School is due to close and has been replaced by Ysgol Bae Baglen. We look forward to meeting in the new resource provision there.

Planned events for the next 12 months

Date topic venue contact
Autumn 2016 Twilight training tbc tba BATOD Wales

Issues which the committee wishes NEC to consider

From September, Lyndsey will be the only ToD in Merthyr Tydfil, teaching in the primary resource base in the morning and covering all deaf CYP, including the secondary base in the afternoons. The committee have concerns about the sustainability of this given the numbers involved. Further plans are not yet under consultation, but NDCS Cymru is monitoring the situation.

Another authority is moving towards a more advisory model and proposing to meet the needs of deaf children by “skilling up schools” (“building capacity”). This appears to be in line with information presented in the workshop and ALN consultation. Concern was expressed about the actual teaching of deaf CYP in terms of the role of the ToD within this model.

A further ToD has been moved from managing the HIRB to managing a 128 pupil combined resource provision alongside a 50% subject teaching commitment and no specified teaching for the HI pupils.

Please can BATOD write to Kirsty Williams, the new Welsh Education minister (Cabinet Secretary for Education) to insist that the retention of the MQ is included in the ALN Bill along with the entitlement of deaf children in Wales to Teachers of the Deaf with the MQ.

13-03-16

Regional/National information and events report

BATOD Wales responded to the Welsh Government consultation on ALN reforms.

The committee has shared the tasks delegated by the conference team particularly with regard to local resources and services. Six members to attend.

Committee meetings report

The committee has met twice since the last NEC but has also conducted a lot of business via email.

Lyndsey Stringer has decided to step down as NEC rep after the conference. Currently Sarah Angove and Allison Ayers will attend NEC, but following continued interest from BATOD members in North Wales, we may encourage a delegate from there to attend alongside a South Wales representative in the future.

Planned events for the next 12 months

Date topic venue contact
12th March, 2016 National conference and AGM Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Conference committee

Issues which the committee wishes NEC to consider

There is significant concern over the proposed reductions in services in some authorities. We are aware of at least one LEA which may have only one ToD to cover all children and young people. Specialist HI resource bases may be closing in some areas. Students requiring additional support may be attached to generic SRBs. The Equality Act could offer some legal support, but only if parents are motivated to use it.

NDCS Cymru shares these concerns and has written to each authority.