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Pembrokeshire’s new ‘Vision for Education’ revealed

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Pembrokeshire County Council: New education ‘Vision’ revealed

Pembrokeshire County Council: New education ‘Vision’ revealed

A NEW ‘Vision’ for education and learning in Pembrokeshire is to be implemented by Pembrokeshire County Council.

The new plan was set out during the council’s latest meeting of Cabinet on Monday (Oct 3) and is designed to ‘clearly set out the aspirations for education in Pembrokeshire over the next three years’.

Heavily involved with the Vision, Cllr Susan Perkins said: “We are all aware of the recent history of education in the county and although this year has seen some improvement at key stage four, there is still improvement needed if the young people of Pembrokeshire are to access the highest quality education outcomes.”

With her supporting statement to hand, Cllr Perkins went on to list the objectives of the Vision, stating: “Every pupil is ready to learn and access across a broad range of learning and areas of experience; every pupil is resilient and supported to build their mental and emotional well-being; all pupils engage and participate and are able to fulfil their potential no matter what their background or circumstances; all local stakeholders positively contribute to the ambitions and aspirations of Pembrokeshire learners; a directorate which is responsive to future changes and has the capacity to adapt and effectively manage change.”

While there was obvious support for the Vision, some councillors expressed concern over how the Vision would be implemented as well as a lack of leadership in schools around Pembrokeshire.

Leader of the council, Cllr James Adams, said: “One of the key words that I’ve picked out of the foreword is that of leadership, school leadership particularly. There is still quite an alarming variance in terms of the performance of many of our schools and leadership appears time and again as the most critical factor in terms of school-based outcomes.”

Cllr Huw George shared his concern, adding: “It’s not a Pembrokeshire problem; it’s a lack of leadership.

“The whole of Wales needs to look at where we’re going to find leaders to take the Vision forward.”

The Director of Children and Schools, Kate Evans-Hughes, responded to Cllr Adams, saying: “We do find it difficult to recruit [leaders] from beyond Pembrokeshire. We actually need to strengthen the leadership development programme that we have within Pembrokeshire.

“The recognition was that we need to grow our own and there are plenty of talented teachers out there, there are plenty of inspired teachers; what we need to make sure is we have a middle leaders programme that is inspirational and does make them want to go onto the next step.

“One of the biggest challenges facing recruitment of Headteachers is an anxiety about undertaking the role because never has there been so much accountability for Headteachers, and rightly so, but now we have to shift people into wanting to be part of that accountability, not being afraid of it.”

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Rider of a motorbike taken to hospital following collision with a car

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A COLLISION which involved a car and a motorbike on Friday afternoon (Jun 18) saw one person being transferred to hospital.

Dyfed-Powys Police have confirmed that the collision, which happened at approximately 1.17pm at Dwrbach, Scleddau, involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike.

The Herald understands that the accident happened at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

The incident caused the road to be closed while emergency services dealt with the situation.

The rider of the motorbike was transferred to Glangwili Hospital for treatment.

A Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred in Scleddau, Fishguard early Friday afternoon, June18th 2021.

“The collision involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike. The rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital.

“The road was closed for emergency services to deal with the collision.”

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called to attend a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle at Dwrbach, Fishguard at 1.17pm on Friday 18 June. We sent one rapid response vehicle and one emergency ambulance. One patient was taken to Glangwili Hospital for further treatment.”

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Residents urged to be alert to Covid-19 symptoms following cluster of cases

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PUBLIC HEALTH WALES, Pembrokeshire County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board are urging members of the public to be alert to COVID-19 symptoms following the identification of a cluster of cases in the Tenby area.

The 22 confirmed cases are linked to social and sporting events and local schools and have generated a large number of contactssince the first cases were confirmed on Saturday, 12 June. 

A number of individuals, including pupils, are currently isolating and close contacts of the positive cases continue to be traced.

From Monday 21 June to Sunday 4 July, a mobile testing unit will be available for local residents in and around Tenby to access if they have symptoms.

This is based at Salterns Car Park, Marsh Road, Tenby, SA70 8DU.  To book a test visit the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ring 119.

Residents can protect themselves and others from Coronavirus by remaining at least two metres away from everyone else, washing their hands regularly, and by wearing a face covering where required. 

The virus disperses in a well ventilated environment, so opening windows and allowing fresh air to circulate is another way to keep ourselves safe.

Residents should take up the vaccine when offered, and self-isolate and get a test if they or anyone in their household develop symptoms.

As well as the three most common symptoms of Coronavirus – a fever, a new continuous cough, or a loss/change of taste and smell – people with any of the following, wider symptoms that are persistent and/or unusual for them are also strongly encouraged to get a PCR test:

  • Mild summer cold symptoms – including sore throat, runny nose, headache
  • Flu-like symptoms, including myalgia (muscle ache or pain); excessive tiredness; persistent headache; runny nose or blocked nose; persistent sneezing; sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Generally feeling unwell and a history of being in contact with a known COVID-19 case
  • Any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test

If you have any of the above symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated, please stay home and book a PCR test through the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ringing 119.

When booking your PCR test, you will also be asked about your symptoms: if you have wider summer cold or flu-like symptoms as described above, rather than the classic three symptoms, choose ‘None of these symptoms’ and then choose one of the following options to enable you to complete the booking:

• My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms or

• A GP or other healthcare professional has asked me to get a test.

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Paul Davies submits views to Health Board Consultation

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Senedd Member Paul Davies has fed his views into Hywel Dda University Health Board’s consultation, “Building a Healthier Future after Covid-19.”

In response to the Health Board’s proposals, Mr Davies has made it clear that he opposes any movements to centralise or downgrade services at Withybush hospital.

Mr Davies said, “I cannot emphasise how important this consultation is and so I’d urge everyone across Pembrokeshire to read through the Health Board’s proposals and make their views known. In my submission, I’ve made it crystal clear that the people of Pembrokeshire should not have to travel further for vital health services.

“I want to see Hywel Dda start prioritising Pembrokeshire by investing in services at Withybush hospital so that it can support people living and working across the county.

“There’s still time to feed into the consultation and have your say on the Health Board’s plans. The deadline is Monday, June 21 and you can find more information here – https://www.haveyoursay.hduhb.wales.nhs.uk/building-a-healthier-future-after-covid-19.” 

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