Agenda and minutes

Cabinet Member for Education
Thursday, 22nd September, 2016 5.00 pm

Venue: Conference Room A - Civic Offices. View directions

Contact: Lisa Gallacher 02392 834056  Email: lisa.gallacher@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor John Ferrett.

2.

Declarations of interests

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

3.

Education Portfolio Budget Monitoring Report for the First Quarter 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Purpose of report

To inform the Cabinet Member of the projected revenue cash limit expenditure within the portfolio cash limit and capital programme for the current financial year 2016-17. This report sets out the budget position and contributing factors to the projected spend within the portfolio as at the end of June 2016.

 

RECOMMENDED

That the Cabinet Member notes the Education Portfolio forecast revenue and capital budget positions, at the end of June 2016 together with the variance and pressure explanations.

 

Minutes:

(TAKE IN REPORT)

 

The report was introduced by Richard Webb, Finance Manager.

 

DECISION

The Cabinet Member noted the Education Portfolio forecast revenue and capital budget positions, at the end of June 2016 together with the variance and pressure explanations.

 

4.

Dedicated Schools Grant Budget Monitoring Report for the First Quarter 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 174 KB

Purpose of report

To inform the Cabinet Member for Education of the projected revenue expenditure within the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) for the current financial year 2016-17 as at the end of the first quarter.  This report sets out the forecast budget position for the year-end as at the 30th of June 2016.

 

RECOMMENDED

That the Cabinet Member notes the forecast year-end budget position for the Dedicated Schools Grant as at the end 30 June 2016, together with the associated explanations contained within the report.

 

 

Minutes:

(TAKE IN REPORT)

 

The report was introduced by Alison Egerton, Group Accountant - Schools and Traded Services. In response to questions, the following matters were clarified:

·         The forecast underspend in respect of alternative provision place funding is expected to reduce to nil in Quarter 2 as the two emergency places at Flying Bull Academy have now been agreed.

·         Two special schools are currently forecasting significant deficits, which will potentially place increased financial pressure on the DSG budget in the future. These deficits are being closely monitored and officers are working with the schools to seek to mitigate them.

 

DECISION:

The Cabinet Member noted the forecast year-end budget position for the Dedicated Schools Grant as at the end 30 June 2016, together with the associated explanations contained within the report.

 

 

5.

Portsmouth Education Partnership pdf icon PDF 119 KB

Purpose of report

To inform the Cabinet Member for Education about the proposals to establish an Education Partnership for Portsmouth and the progress that has so far been made, including the publication of a consultation document and the implementation of some shadow arrangements.

 

The consultation document (Appendix 1) sets out proposals for a new Education Partnership for Portsmouth, led by schools but with the full participation of a range of stakeholders. The Partnership will have a clear focus on raising standards and improving educational outcomes for children and young people in Portsmouth.  But it also offers opportunities for collective action through a range of initiatives.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member:

 

(1)  Notes the progress made to establish the Portsmouth Education Partnership; and

(2)  Receives a follow up report to consider the outcomes of the consultation and approval of the final arrangements for the Partnership, including an outline of a new education strategy for the City.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(TAKE IN REPORT)

 

The report was introduced by Mike Stoneman, Deputy Director of Children's Services - Education. 

 

The Cabinet Member said the partnership will help the city's schools to prepare for the next part of the journey towards school improvement.  He was pleased to hear that good feedback had been received from teachers and that the Regional Schools Commissioner was supporting the partnership. 

 

Councillor Horton echoed these comments and said she was encouraged to see that so many schools and stakeholders were supporting the partnership.  

 

DECISION the Cabinet Member:

(1)  Noted the progress made to establish the Portsmouth Education Partnership; and

(2)  Agreed to receive a follow up report to consider the outcomes of the consultation and approval of the final arrangements for the Partnership, including an outline of a new education strategy for the City.

6.

Portsmouth SEND Strategy: Remodelling Portsmouth specialist educational provision pdf icon PDF 259 KB

Purpose of report

The purpose of this report is to update the Cabinet Member for Education on the progress made in implementing the Portsmouth SEND Strategy, in particular the remodelling of the specialist educational provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

 

 

RECOMMENDED that  the Cabinet Member for Education:

(1)  Notes the progress made so far in implementing the SEND Strategy, including the remodelling of the specialist educational provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

 

(2)  Notes the investment that has been made to improve and develop the specialist educational provision in Portsmouth for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(TAKE IN REPORT)

 

The report was introduced by Julia Katherine, Head of Inclusion. 

 

DECISION the Cabinet Member for Education:

(1)   Noted the progress made so far in implementing the SEND Strategy, including the remodelling of the specialist educational provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

(2)  Noted the investment that has been made to improve and develop the specialist educational provision in Portsmouth for children with special educational needs and disabilities.