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21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme Board

21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme Board

The Board acts as an operational Board. It provides advice and guidance to the Welsh Government’s Education Directorate, its Capital Investment Panel and the Cabinet Secretary for Education on all relevant aspects of the Programme.

Specifically the Board advises both the Capital Investment Panel and the Cabinet Secretary for Education on:

  • all relevant aspects of the implementation and delivery of the Programme
  • the planning, monitoring and management of the Programme.

In order to achieve these aims, the Board discusses and recommends strategic decisions for consideration by the Capital Investment Panel and the Cabinet Secretary for Education.

Its membership is drawn from:

All Programme Board Members are nominated by their representative organisation. Regard is given to their ability to represent their organisation and the Seven Principles of Public Life (The Nolan Principles). 

The Board meets on a quarterly basis. Meetings are chaired by the Welsh Government’s Director of the Education Directorate.

Capital Investment Panel

The Capital Investment Panel considers and recommends for approval business cases for investment from all education sectors.  The Cabinet Secretary for Education considers the business cases recommended by the Panel and gives final approval as appropriate.

The Panel recommends approval of grants to the Cabinet Secretary for Education rather than to the 21st Century Schools Programme Board, as the Board does not have the power to make such decisions.

Cabinet Secretary for Education

The Cabinet Secretary for Education has the power to:

  • approve capital funds for community schools under Sections 14-16 of the Education Act 2002
  • fund capital works for voluntary aided or foundation schools under Schedule 3 to the Schools Standards and Frameworks Act 1998
  • approve strategic capital investment to Further Education Institutions under Sections 31, 32 and 33 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000.

These powers were conferred on the National Assembly for Wales and were transferred to the Welsh Ministers by paragraph 30 of Schedule 11 to the Government of Wales Act 2006 (external link).

Grants to Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) are made by the Welsh Ministers under section 68 of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (external link). This Act gives the Welsh Ministers the power to determine the amount of grants and terms and conditions that may apply to them.