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.

Introduction and Welcome

3.

Declarations of Interest - see guidance note of the back page

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 242 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 20 November 2019 (ESC4) and to receive information arising from them.

5.

Petitions and Public Address

6.

Improving Educational Outcomes pdf icon PDF 1 MB

1:10

 

A strategic review is being been undertaken on how Oxfordshire County Council and key stakeholders, including settings, schools, Trusts, Diocesan Authorities and parents can all contribute to further improve education outcomes for young people in Oxfordshire. This review is commissioned by Lucy Butler, Director for Children, Education and Families.

 

As part of this review, the Committee’s view and opinions on the document ‘Improving Education Outcomes – a strategic review’ (ESC6) are sought.

 

Our aim is to develop joint priorities which all stakeholders can support and work towards achieving. 

 

Consultation is essential to develop an effective local school improvement system which is fit for purpose, led by schools and multi-academy trusts, yet with the active engagement of key strategic partners including Oxfordshire County Council.

 

The Committee is RECOMMENDED to consider and comment on the Consultation.

Additional documents:

7.

The Management of Changing Rolls in Oxfordshire Schools pdf icon PDF 2 MB

1:30

 

Members of Scrutiny Committee received an update on population trends affecting the provision of education services for children and young people in the county at its meeting on 4 September 2019.  The aims and objectives of a strategy to meet changing demand and promote sustainability for schools is set out in the report (ESC7). 

 

Aims

a)      Ensure sufficient places in mainstream schools for Oxfordshire’s growing population.

b)      Ensure sufficient provision for children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, not only to meet population growth, but also related to changing policy, practice and incidence of specific needs.

c)      Ensure sufficient Alternative Provision.

d)      Support Oxfordshire’s schools to respond to changes in demand, both down as well as up. 

 

Objectives

a)      Monitor demographic changes and housing growth in order to inform annual pupil forecasts.

b)      Plan for new schools and expansions of existing schools.

c)      Identify emerging spare building capacity which could be reallocated to other uses.

d)      Provide guidance to schools on maintaining their affordability/sustainability.

 

The Education Scrutiny Committee is RECOMMENDED to note the trends in requirements for pupil places and to note the action plan to be monitored by officers. 

8.

Alternative Provision Commissioning Progress Update pdf icon PDF 262 KB

1:50

 

Education Scrutiny Committee has requested an update on the Recommissioning of Alternative Provision for children and schools in Oxfordshire (ESC8).

 

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

9.

Educational Attainment Working Group Report pdf icon PDF 394 KB

2:00

 

The report (ESC9) is the result of a deep dive by the Education Scrutiny Committee, as set out in its Forward Plan of work. The Committee formed a working group to take the deep dive forward, which met with key officers in the Education Service and visited four secondary schools to learn about good practice and innovation in teaching disadvantaged children.

 

This report sets out why attainment (and progress), particularly of disadvantaged children, was chosen as a deep dive topic, what examples of good practice in education of disadvantaged pupils at secondary schools the working group learned about, and sets out the Working Group’s conclusions for officers, Education Scrutiny Committee and the Cabinet Member for Education and Cultural Services. The Education Service is beginning the development of a comprehensive 3-year Education Strategy for Oxfordshire. This report is therefore presenting the findings of the deep dive investigation, and the Working Group's conclusions in the interim, ahead of this important scheme of work.

 

The Committee is RECOMMENDED to consider the conclusions of the report.

Additional documents:

10.

Forward Plan and Committee Business pdf icon PDF 202 KB

2:30

 

An opportunity to discuss and prioritise future topics for the Committee, potential approaches to its work and to discuss the schedule (ESC10) for future meetings.

EXEMPT ITEMS

The Committee is RECOMMENDED that the public be excluded for the duration of items 11 and 12 and 13 in the Agenda since it is likely that if they were present during those items there would be disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) and specified in relation to the respective items in the Agenda and since it is considered that, in all the circumstances of each case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

THE REPORTS RELATING TO THE EXEMPT ITEM HAS NOT BEEN MADE PUBLIC AND SHOULD BE REGARDED AS STRICTLY PRIVATE TO MEMBERS AND OFFICERS ENTITLED TO RECEIVE IT.

 

NOTE: In the case of item 13, there is no report circulated with the Agenda. Any exempt information will be reported orally.

 

11.

In Year Fair Access Policy Update pdf icon PDF 96 KB

2:40

 

The information contained in the report is exempt in that it falls within the following prescribed category:

 

2        Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual

 

It is considered that in this case the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, in that such disclosure would infringe the rights of the individual to privacy contrary to the general law and the duty of the authority to respect human rights and to comply with that law.

 

An update on the implementation and outcomes of the revised In Year Fair Access Policy (IYFAP) has been requested by Education Scrutiny Committee.  In Year Fair Access protocols with schools are required under the terms of the statutory School Admissions Code 2014.  This is to afford a mechanism whereby children requiring a school place outside normal admissions rounds, where local places may not be available or when the child has additional vulnerabilities, can be offered a school place.

 

The protocol is designed to ensure a fair distribution of non-placed children across all schools.  In Year Fair Access protocols must be designed in collaboration with representative school leaders and agreed by the majority.  100% agreement is not required for the IYFAP to be valid and lawful.  

Additional documents:

12.

Education Achievement and Attainment in Oxfordshire and its Localities' Schools

3:00

 

The information contained in the report is exempt in that it falls within the following prescribed category:

 

2        Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual

 

It is considered that in this case the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, in that such disclosure would infringe the rights of the individual to privacy contrary to the general law and the duty of the authority to respect human rights and to comply with that law.

 

This Annual Education Performance Report at key stage 4 gives a summary and overall analysis of key outcomes and progress measures.

 

13.

Ofsted and Oxfordshire Acadamies

3:20

 

The information contained in the verbal update is exempt in that it falls within the following prescribed category:

 

2        Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual

 

It is considered that in this case the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, in that such disclosure would infringe the rights of the individual to privacy contrary to the general law and the duty of the authority to respect human rights and to comply with that law.

 

The Deputy Director of Education will give a verbal update outlining Paper recent discussions with Ofsted.

Close of meeting

3:30