Venue: County Hall

Contact: Deborah Miller, Tel: 07920 084239  Email:

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Introduction and Welcome


Apologies for Absence and Temporary Appointments


Declarations of Interest - see guidance note of the back page


Minutes pdf icon PDF 222 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 6 February 2019 (ESC4) and to receive information arising from them.


Petitions and Public Address


Post-16 Destination Management pdf icon PDF 65 KB



Members of Scrutiny Committee have requested an update on post 16 destinations of pupils in Oxfordshire schools and academies.  A particular interest was expressed in destinations of pupils at 14-19 establishments in the county and current understanding of the long-term sustainability of those establishments.


The Education Scrutiny Committee is RECOMMENDED to note and consider the contents of this report. 

Additional documents:


Project Athens (Carillion) Update: School Building Maintenance pdf icon PDF 153 KB



The Committee will receive a presentation on how the Schools Structural Maintenance Programme (SSMP) is compiled and the methodology used, including the information that has been transferred from Carillion and how this information has been utilised to provide a robust programme of works based upon the most urgent priority rating.


Accordingly, George Eleftheriou will present details of progress against the 2018-19 programme of works as well as details of the proposed projects for 2019-20. Outlining the main issues/mitigations, opportunities and way forward.  A handout to accompany the presentation will be circulated prior to the meeting.


The Committee is asked to receive the presentation.




School Absence and Attendance Deep Dive Recommendations pdf icon PDF 480 KB



Report by the School Absence and Attendance Working Report (ESC8) TO FOLLOW


A working group was setup by the Education Scrutiny Committee to understand why secondary school absence figures are higher than the national average and work that is being undertaken to address this. To achieve these aims, the working group has met with officers to consider government guidance and performance information and visited four secondary schools across the County.


This is the second of three deep dives commissioned by the Committee. The first deep dive looked at school exclusions and the final deep dive will look at educational attainment.


The key message identified through the deep dive was the importance of embedding a culture in schools that promotes inclusion and good attendance practices across staff, pupils and parents. The working group has been able to highlight a number of examples of this good practice in secondary schools across Oxfordshire.


The group have also identified common themes where work is being undertaken to address barriers to improving school attendance. These themes included access to alternative provision, In Year Fair Access Panels and access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS).


The Committee is asked to consider and approve the recommendations.




Forward Plan and Committee Business pdf icon PDF 83 KB



An opportunity to discuss and prioritise future topics for the Committee, potential approaches to its work and to discuss the schedule for future meetings.

Working Lunch for Committee

12:00 – 13:00


Ofsted Regional Director for the South East Question & Answer Session



Education Scrutiny Committee has invited Chris Russell, Ofsted Regional Director for the South East, to attend the meeting for a Question & Answer Session. This follows the publication of a new Education inspection framework by Ofsted for consultation in January 2019, which is proposed to be implemented from September 2019 onward.


Questions will be planned by the Committee in advance and communicated to Mr Russell ahead of the meeting.


The Committee welcomes this opportunity and extends its thanks to Mr Russell for committing his time to attend.