Venue: County Hall

Contact: Deborah Miller, Tel: 07920 084239  Email:

No. Item


Election of Chairman for the 2019/20 Council Year


Election of Deputy Chairman for the 2019/20 Council Year


Apologies for Absence and Temporary Appointments


Declarations of Interest - see guidance note of the back page


Minutes pdf icon PDF 577 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 25 March 2019 (ESC5) and to receive information arising from them.


Petitions and Public Address


Regional Schools Commissioner



The Committee is pleased to welcome Dame Kate Dethridge, Interim Regional Schools Commissioner for North London and the South East region, for a Q and A session at the start of the meeting. The session is to give Dame Dethridge an opportunity to set out the RSC role, its relationship with other statutory bodies and how the post-holder approaches support to academies in areas such as attainment and finance. The Committee also wishes to understand what is in place to ensure transparency and accountability of Multi Academy Trusts.


New Schools Building Programme pdf icon PDF 131 KB



The report (ESC8) sets out the up to date position of the capital building programme for new schools in Oxfordshire to 2023 as requested at the last meeting. 


The Committee is asked to consider the programme.


Annual Academies in Oxfordshire Report pdf icon PDF 749 KB



The report (ESC9) identifies and analyses trends in the Academies Programme during 2018, and indicates changes from those noted in 2017, under the following headings.  


1.National and Local Statistics

2.Conversion Numerical Data

3.Trends in Conversions


5.Cost of Conversions

6.New Academies

7.Regional Schools Commissioner



The Committee is RECOMMENED to consider the findings of the report.


Post 16 results and Education, Employment and Training Data pdf icon PDF 458 KB



The report (ESC10) covers three main areas:


        16-18 attainment – for schools and colleges (A level, Applied General and Tech Level qualifications) – 2017/18;

           Achievement rates for Further Education settings (2017/18):


              Education and training

           Destinations of students following key stage 5 (2016/17).


The Committee is RECOMMENED to note the report.

Additional documents:


Update on Northfield School Post-Ofsted Inspection Work and Progress



The Committee will receive a verbal update from Kim James, Head of Learning and School Improvementon Northfield School post-Ofsted inspection and progress on actions.


Fair Access Protocol pdf icon PDF 130 KB



Members requested an update following the revision of Oxfordshire's In Year Fair Access Protocol which is attached at (ESC12).  The purpose of the protocol is to ensure that vulnerable children not on roll at school, are admitted on a school roll in a fair, equal and transparent manner.


The Committee is asked to consider the protocol and related Fair Access issues.

Additional documents:


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy pdf icon PDF 334 KB



The attached SEND Strategy (ESC13) is currently in draft format and has been shared with colleagues from schools and settings across the county.  The request was for colleagues was to consider if the priorities outlined in the strategy were appropriate for the actions under each priority to be formulated and agreed (some draft actions have been added for colleagues to consider)


The Strategy has been shared with school colleagues at the Heads & Chairs briefings which were held before the Easter break.  It has also been shared with colleagues attending the SEND Performance board, including the Parent Carer Forum and OASSH (Oxfordshire Association of Special School Heads).


Further work will be undertaken to develop the strategy on the 21June 2019, where a provider network event is being held with parents and health colleagues to expand on the strategy further.  


The SEND Strategy will become part of the wider Education Strategy which will be shared with colleagues across education which will include Education Scrutiny, and which will require Cabinet sign off.


The Committee is RECOMMENDED to consider the priorities identified in the document attached and advise whether any changes need to be made.


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.

Close of meeting