22nd January 2022

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Teachers and Governors should be first to know about possible school closures

TEACHERS and school governors in Carmarthenshire should be the first to know about the possibility of their school closing or changes to language provision, a council group said.

The group has made a series of recommendations after hearing from education leaders and Welsh Government officials about the Wales-wide school organisation code, which councils must comply with when they propose opening, altering or closing schools.

Decisions about closing schools are emotive and controversial, and the education task and finish group was told by councillors and school governors that the consultation process in these cases was a concern for them.

Presenting its final report at a council scrutiny meeting, Cllr Darren Price said he felt the code seemed “clunky and adversarial”, and that he hoped the recommendations would strengthen the way the council consulted on major school proposals.

“Clearly we felt there were areas for improvement,” he said.

But Cllr Price also noted examples of good practice.

The recommendations include informal consultation with a head teacher and chair of governors about a proposal affecting their school, followed by staff and the governing body, before it was made public.

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