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1 RCT Cuts What does it mean?

2 Reduction to part time provision Currently full time asap after 3 rd birthday Plan is to change it to part time the term after 3 rd birthday Full time from September of Reception. Affects every Primary and Infant School Affects the jobs of over 100 teachers and over 300 support staff! ( this is an estimate)

3 How is this to be implemented? Council would hope to bring it in by April This is not achievable – for teachers the consultation and notice periods over redundancy would be too short ( would have to be given notice by 28 February!!)

4 More likely scenario Implementation from Sept 2014 This raises issues – will those currently in full time pre nursery provision revert to part time in Sept 2014? – totally crazy idea If it is phased we will have a variety of children in different provision!

5 Why? MONEY SAVING EXERCISE This is not done from an educational viewpoint. This report was authored by Steve Merritt from the Finance Department It will save £4.5 million a year It will mean redundancies or reductions in hours in EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL

6 Is our nursery provision effective? Evidence – provided by RCT itself in report to Cabinet next week/ RCT perform above expected level given our free school meals level as an indicator of deprivation. RCT is the second most deprived authority in Wales, therefore should appear 21/22 in the attainment statistics –

7 We are better than 21/22 On every single measure – FP outcomes, KS2 assessments, KS3, KS4 ( a variety!) we are at in the LA “league tables” The ONE difference between us and all other LA’s is our nursery provision!

8 Evidence We need evidence to show how effective early years education with access to suitably qualified teachers is – we are not talking about childcare here - WE ARE TALKING ABOUT EUCATION, planning, assessing, monitoring, adapting, taking into account children’s skills on entry!

9 What can we do? Fill in consultation – everyone needs to do it as an individual, can do it as a school or a group as well but the more the better! AM, MP, Councillors, chairs of governors, Huw Lewis ( Wales Minister for Education.) outline concerns on educational and employment grounds And ……..

10 Expand the activity base Work with parents – make them aware of changes Work with local childcare providers - get them to make their parents aware of potential changes Work with councillors – increase their understanding of what we do! Get public aware – leaflet, petition, hold public meetings ( some parents won’t be aware that it will affect them in the future) BIG PROBLEM – only 4 weeks!!!!


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