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Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor S Jago and R Lazell and M Symonds Co-opted Members.
The Chair welcomed Karl Jones and Kaitlin Sutton Co-opted Members to their first Committee Meeting.
Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)
Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct
(a) Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and
(b) Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave
No Declarations of Interest were made.
The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Performance Report – Executive Summary – Corporate Plan: Standards of Attainment 2018’ report.
Sue Walker then gave an overview and an update on progress and advised of the following amendments to the report:
· Paragraph 4.7 – Should read ‘In 2017 attendance is unsatisfactory’.
· Appendix G - Paragraph 6.4 – Should read ‘Council’ not ‘Party’.
The Committee then raised the following questions on the report and were responded to in detail by the Officers and Councillor L Mytton Cabinet Portfolio Member:
· Paragraph 6.6 – NEET’s – Further information requested
· Paragraph 6.7 – Youth Services – Further information requested
· How can links between Flying Start Providers and Schools be strengthened
· What is being done in relation to non Flying Start children
· The focus on education attainment
· Paragraph 6.2.7 – Key Stage 4 – Further information requested in relation to the ranking for the Authority
· Could more money being put into Education help with improvements
· Is there a visit scheduled from ESTYN
· Paragraph 3.4 – Further information requested in relation to CAPITA
· Is there sufficient staff to ensure CAPITA is fully utilised
· When was the last Secondary School Inspection undertaken by ESTYN
· Paragraph 6.1.5 – How does the Authority intend to improve outcomes – Will there be focus on the schools that need the help – Role of Governing Bodies
· Concerns expressed in relation to reduction in the schools budget
· Youth Services – Are there good links with all high schools and the College
· Vulnerable Learner Groups
· Paragraph 6.3 - Definition requested of the EAL Category – (Sue Walker advised that the Committee would be circulated with a definition sheet for their information)
· Explanation requested in relation to – ‘All other EAL pupils perform better then non EAL pupils’
· Paragraph 6.4 – Explanation requested in relation to – ‘Pupils from ethnic groups other than white British make up 8.8% of the cohort, 3.2% of which are Polish. On the whole pupils from an ethnic minority achieve the same outcomes as pupils from a white British background; however the performance of Polish pupils is slightly better with 88.9% of Polish pupils achieving the CSI compared with 88.1% of white British pupils’ – Why is the performance better - CAPITA Data
· Appendix 1 - Paragraph 6.4.7 – Children Looked After – Explanation requested in relation to – ‘The performance of Children Looked After is variable due to the small number of pupils within the cohort’ – What are Schools and the Consortium doing to provide for pupils so that pupils can achieve the best
· Is the focus right – are monies being used to the best effect
· What more is the Department going to be doing for Children Looked After
· Appendix B - Paragraph 5.1 – Explanation requested – What is being done to look at the methods of assessment
· Flying Start Children with Additional Learning Needs – Where are the areas of added value
· Increase in Exclusions – What is being done about this – What was ... view the full minutes text for item 701.
Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions
The Chair advised that there was no update on this item.
Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting
To receive an update from the Chair
The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the matters that had been discussed at the Meeting.
The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Work Programme 2018/19’ report.
The Committee considered the items for the next Committee Meeting and in relation to the ‘Headteacher Presentation’, debate ensued on the topic to be discussed at the Meeting by the Headteacher and it was agreed that suggested topics be forwarded to the Scrutiny Officer and that the suggestions then be shared with the Committee.
A Committee Member also referred to the dates that were to be confirmed in relation to invites /visits to Heads and Chairs of Governance and enquired if it would be possible to arrange a visit.
It had also been agreed earlier in the Meeting that Attendance be agendered for the next Committee Meeting
Clare Brown left the Meeting at 5.55 pm.
Councillor D Chaplin left the Meeting at 5.59 pm.
Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair
The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.