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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 382 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 4 September 2019 (ESC4) and to receive information arising from them.


Petitions and Public Address


Report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman - Investigation Into a Complaint Against Oxfordshire County Council (Ref: 18 009 005) - Outcomes of Required Audits pdf icon PDF 225 KB

1:10 pm


The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has issued a report following its investigation of a complaint against Oxfordshire County Council. The complaint was about Education & Children's Services matter. The LGO found that there had been fault on the part of the Council, and this had caused injustice to the complainants.


The council has agreed to take action which the LGO regards as providing a satisfactory remedy for the complaint. The LGO welcomes the work the council has already carried out, and has planned, to address the fault identified in this and our previous investigation. This is satisfactory to address the service failures identified. 


The council has undertaken recommendations to address the injustice caused to Mr and Mrs X and Child D and to address the injustice that may have been caused to others as set out in the report. 


A full apology has been issued to Mr and Mrs X and Child D and this report addresses the outcomes of recommendations to address any injustice that may have been caused to others.


The Committee is RECOMMENDED to


a)            note the barriers to an efficient system of tracking and placing CME and request that Cabinet make representations at national political level to ensure academies comply with the terms of their funding agreements in a timely manner and that the Secretary of State for Education be given powers to enforce this;


b)           note the actions undertaken from both LGO rulings in 2019 in respect of CME with medical needs and confirm they are satisfied effective arrangements have been put in place to avoid similar circumstances occurring again;


c)            note the audit of pupils following referral to FAPs in the period required and that all pupils have been placed and their whereabouts are known;


d)           note the audit of all pupils that may be classified as CME in the period required and that all reasonable efforts have been made to satisfy the Council that these pupils are not or no longer CME; and


e)            confirm that the Council has met the terms of the LGO ruling and that this should be reported to that office. 


Additional documents:


Briefing on Children and Family Centres' Work with Schools pdf icon PDF 364 KB



This report outlines the role and responsibilities of the Family Solutions Service within the Children, Education and Families' Directorate, and sets out the local offer in relation to early help and statutory social care intervention for children with additional education needs and their families.  


This report follows the report presented to the Committee on the 27th June 2018 “Children & Family Centres and Locality Support Services; how current services work together to ease transition to school and promote school inclusion, with specific reference to Health Visiting, Locality & Community Support Services and Family Support Services".


The previous report is appended to this report for ease of reference.


The Committee is RECOMMENDED to note the report.





Additional documents:


Schools National Funding Formula



The Committee will receive a brief presentation from Mrs Sarah Fogden (Finance Business Partner) on the latest position on the National Schools Funding formula.


Oxfordshire Pupil Place Plan 2019-23 pdf icon PDF 227 KB



The Pupil Place Plan includes present and predicted future pupil numbers on roll, together with information about birth rates, school capacity, and new housing. The Plan sets out proposed changes in the number of school places available over the next year and it suggests where other changes may be necessary in the future. The plan also sets out our policies on school organisation and the statutory framework for making changes such as opening, closing or enlarging schools. The Plan does not itself propose service changes, but collates proposals which have been made, or are expected.


The Pupil Place Plan is updated annually, based on revised data and comments from schools.


The Committee is RECOMMENDED to note the attached report and agree any comments it may wish to ensure Cabinet considers when asked to adopt the Oxfordshire 2019-2023 Pupil Place Plan at its meeting on 21st January 2020.  


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Forward Plan and Committee Business pdf icon PDF 120 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