Agenda

Venue: County Hall

Contact: Deborah Miller, Tel: 07920 084239  Email: deborah.miller@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Temporary Appointments

2.

Declarations of Interest - see guidance note of the back page

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 375 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 17 June 2019 (ESC4) and to receive information arising from them.

4.

Petitions and Public Address

5.

Reintegration Timetabling pdf icon PDF 416 KB

1:10

 

Education Scrutiny Committee has identified the use of Reintegration timetables for pupils by schools in Oxfordshire as a practice worthy of focused attention.

 

The Department for Education non-statutory guidance 'School attendance Guidance for maintained schools, academies, independent schools and local authorities July 2019 is clear in the section Frequently Asked Questions ''Can a school place a pupil on a part-time timetable?

 

As a rule, no. All pupils of compulsory school age are entitled to a full-time education. In very exceptional circumstances there may be a need for a temporary part-time timetable to meet a pupil’s individual needs. For example where a medical condition prevents a pupil from attending full-time education and a part-time timetable is considered as part of a re-integration package. A part-time timetable must not be treated as a long-term solution. Any pastoral support programme or other agreement must have a time limit by which point the pupil is expected to attend full-time or be provided with alternative provision.

In agreeing to a part-time timetable a school has agreed to a pupil being absent from school for part of the week or day and therefore must record it as authorised absence.''

 

 The use of Reintegration timetables by schools in Oxfordshire has been identified as a cause for concern by The Children's Trust, Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children's Board and consequently features in the Oxfordshire Learner Engagement Strategy.

 

When a pupil is on a Reintegration timetable, that pupil is not in receipt of additional tutoring or other alterative provision.  Equally, the pupil is not under the supervision of professional staff.

 

Oxfordshire County Attendance Team requires all schools in Oxfordshire to report each pupil on a Re-integration timetable.  The County Attendance Team (since January 2019 only) then logs each report and follows up with the school each half term that the pupil has been returned to a full-time timetable or, if not, what the future plan for the child's ongoing education is.

 

All Reintegration timetables should be short term, designed to return the pupil to their full time entitlement as soon as possible and fully and explicitly consented to by parents.

 

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

Additional documents:

6.

Alternative Provision Commissioning Strategy pdf icon PDF 254 KB

1:40

 

Education Scrutiny Committee has requested a briefing on progress to date with commissioning arrangements for Alternative Provision (AP) for Oxfordshire's children.  The existing arrangements, whereby Meadowbrook College provides AP for OCC and schools in Oxfordshire will be reviewed and then re-commissioned in line with best practice nationally.

 

Notice has been given to Meadowbrook College on the implied contract with OCC with the termination date under the current arrangements being 2021.  It is expected that Meadowbrook, as the main current provider of AP, will bid for the new service along with any other new market providers. The aim is to ensure that alternative provision is able to meet the needs of all Oxfordshire children who need it by offering both preventative provision and statutory provision for permanently excluded children.

 

The governance for this action sits within the overall Learner Engagement Strategy. The work will be delivered through the Alternative Provision Project Board.

 

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

Additional documents:

7.

Sufficiency of School Places Update

2:25

 

The committee will receive a presentation on sufficiency of school places for information and to inform future discussion. 

 

Members of Scrutiny Committee have requested an update on population trends affecting the provision of education services for children and young people in the county.  These trends are expected to inform a strategy to meet demand to be presented later in the year.  

 

The Education Scrutiny Committee is RECOMMENDED to note the presentation given and receive a further report on actions to meet the provision of Education services later in the year.   

 

8.

Update on Oxfordshire Schools Repair & Maintenance, Rebuilds and New Builds pdf icon PDF 15 KB

3:10

 

A 6-month update following that made in March 2019, to bring together all capital works issues and updates on schools in Oxfordshire.

 

The Committee is asked to note the update.

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9.

Forward Plan and Committee Business pdf icon PDF 119 KB

3:30

 

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