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APPENDIX II to the minute of the meeting of the Education Committee of 26 January 1999 (Article 1(c) refers)

MINUTE of MEETING of the JOINT CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE (TEACHERS) held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on 3 December 1998 at 3.30 pm.

Present: Authority Representatives

Councillors BRIAN M C MILNE, Mrs KATHLEEN RITCHIE and MR JIM ANDERSON (Director of Education), and Mr NEIL LOGUE (Head of Education Services).

Teacher’s Representatives

LESLEY ANDERSON, MR JIM FALCONER, MR BRIAN McHARDY, MR GRAEME KIDDIE, MISS ALICE McLEOD, MR ARTHUR PRITCHARD, MISS ANNE TRUESDALE AND MR PHILIP JACKSON (Joint Secretary).

Councillor BRIAN MILNE, Chairman, in the Chair.

WELCOME

Prior to the commencement of business, the Committee welcomed Alice McLeod who had been appointed in place of Donna Hays as the representative for PAT.

1. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

There was submitted and approved as a correct record, the minute of meeting of the JCC (Teachers) of 15 September 1998

2. PUBLIC EDUCATION IN SCOTLAND INTO THE MILLENNIUM

There was submitted the final Report of the COSLA/Trade Union joint inquiry into the public education service in Scotland into the Millennium. The first stage of the inquiry had focused on three areas viz, the context of education, the management of education and the organisation of education. Each of these areas had been considered by a separate Task Group and the review had been overseen by a Joint Strategy Group. The Executive Report summarised the key recommendations from the first stage of the work undertaken to date and the next stage would be to develop the detailed proposals needed to put these recommendations into effect.

Graeme Kiddie noted that there had been local EIS representation on one of the Task Groups through Peter Andrews and, generally, his association had been pleased to be involved in the review, although there were some areas of concern

The Committee noted that the SJNC would be taking forward many of the Report’s recommendations.

3. YEAR 2000 - BRIEFING FOR TRADE UNIONS ON 11 JANUARY 1999

Jim Anderson reported that the Council’s Director of Information Technology was arranging a briefing session for trade union representatives on 11 January 1999 on the Year 2000 compliance problem in relation to certain items of essential operating equipment, including computers which contained an embedded chip and which used two digits for year recognition rather than four digits. He urged the teaching unions to take advantage of the briefing session and indicated that he would issue details at the earliest opportunity.

The Committee agreed to note the position.

4. HIGHER STILL

Brian McHardy reported that the in-service training days for Higher Still on 26th and 27th November had been successful in promoting a positive approach to the initiative. He referred to recent press releases and welcomed the political support at national and local levels for a cautious approach to the introduction of the Higher Still proposals. He reported that there was likely to be a suspension of the boycott of the Higher Still initiative following reassurances given by the Scottish Office Minister for Education regarding resources and the ability to create a phased programme of implementation.

The Committee agreed that a Working Group be established to consider a rephasing plan for Higher Still in Angus and to report back in early course.

5. EXPRESSIVE ARTS 5-14 - THE WORK OF VISITING TEACHERS

There was submitted for information Guidance for Primary Schools and Visiting Teachers on the Expressive Arts Programme for 5-14 year olds.

The guidelines set out the principles for the Expressive Arts Programme and detailed the roles and responsibilities of schools and education authority staff involved.

Arthur Pritchard welcomed the Paper and expressed the hope that the Programme would be reviewed in due course to take account of feedback from schools on how the guidance had been implemented.

The Committee agreed to note the position.

6. TARGET SETTING

Arthur Pritchard referred to Target Setting in Primary Schools. He welcomed the view of the Director of Education that targets reflected aspirations rather than compulsory achievements and that the focus should be on development and learning and teaching rather than production of league tables. In this respect, he requested that the Director of Education should issue guidance on Target Setting to all Head Teachers.

Jim Anderson responded that he would have no problem with issuing a formal statement on Target Setting in Primary Schools but stressed that the publication of league tables was outwith the control of local authorities. It was agreed that an article in the Departmental newsletter would be an appropriate way to communicate the guidance

7. VIOLENCE AND AGGRESSION TO STAFF

There was submitted Report No 1294/98 by the Director of Education relating to a number of incidents at three primary schools in Angus and five incidents at three secondary schools in Angus involving violence and/or aggression to staff which had occurred during the period from 19 August to 17 November 1998. Brian McHardy expressed concern that some incidents of violence and aggression to staff were still not being reported and suggested that the reporting procedure be re-iterated at a meeting of Head Teachers. Jim Anderson responded that he would be happy to speak to Head Teachers.

Having heard further details from Jim Anderson, the Committee agreed to note the nature of the incidents.

8. DATE OF NEXT MEETING

With reference to Article 13 of the minute of previous meeting, the Committee confirmed that the next meeting would be held on Monday 22 February 1999 at 3.30 pm in the Town and County Hall, Forfar.