Agenda and minutes

Education Advisory Board - Thursday, 2nd February, 2017 4.00 pm

Venue: Conference Room A - Civic Offices. View directions

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No. Item


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Catherine Hobbs, Roman Catholic Diocese representative and Councillor Suzy Horton. 


Declarations of interests


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of the last meeting - 30 September 2016 pdf icon PDF 85 KB

The minutes of the meeting held on 30 September 2016 are attached for approval.    


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 30 September 2016 be agreed as a correct record.


School Improvement and the Portsmouth Education Partnership - update pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Purpose of report

This report provides an update on the Portsmouth Education Partnership and the preparation of an Education Strategy for Portsmouth. It also provides details of the targeted work undertaken by the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance (on behalf of the Local Authority) to provide school improvement support to LA Maintained schools. 


RECOMMENDED that members of the Education Advisory Board:


(i)        Note the progress that has been made to establish the Portsmouth Education Partnership and preparation of an Education Strategy for Portsmouth

(ii)       Endorse the school improvement support that is being provided by the council for Priority 1 and 2 LA Maintained Schools


Additional documents:




Mike Stoneman introduced Jo Peach, Director of Learning - Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance and Hilary Loder, Independent Chair of the Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) Shadow Strategic Board, who were in attendance today. 


Mike introduced the report and advised that since the last Education Advisory Board in September a lot of progress had been made with the Partnership.  The partnership was formally launched on 4 November 2016 and there had been very good attendance at the event.  Following the launch a number of groups and sub groups had been established:

·         Initial Teacher Training, Recruitment and Retention

·         Operational Group (School Improvement)

·         Inclusion

·         Curriculum networks to support English, Modern Foreign Languages and Maths

·         Behaviour and Attendance Group.

There is a half day workshop scheduled for 7th February which will help to develop the priorities of the PEP.  It will also give the opportunity to reflect on progress and shape the way going forward.  Approximately 60 people had confirmed their attendance at the workshop which was very positive.


Councillor Young asked about the remit of the inclusion group.  Alison Jeffery, Director of Children's Services, advised that she had attended the first meeting of the group earlier today.  The group had a very broad remit but has two main strands of work 1) the importance of SEN provision in schools and 2) the emotional health and wellbeing of children. 


Mike then suggested to the chair that it might be useful for Hilary Loder to provide the Board with her thoughts on how the PEP is working so far. 


Hilary advised that she had found the last Strategic Board meeting very exciting.  She had been impressed with the breadth of knowledge and the range of people who are involved, which reflected that the people all have an interest in lifelong learning.  She felt that the strategic board had found its vision which was pooling resources.  There is currently enormous duplication within the education system however the PEP provides the opportunity to be cohesive and collaborative to ensure best practice and help reduce repetition.  The PEP also links to a very real understanding of fact we are in a period of transition.  Hilary felt that these messages are becoming more widespread and the PEP had real power and momentum moving forward. The PEP was unique as it has managed to engage with academy partners.  In response to a question she felt that the feeling of many schools was one of natural scepticism which would occur until the value of the PEP is understood.  


Jo Peach added that the Initial Teacher Training Teacher Recruitment and Retention (ITT) group meeting had been very productive and was an excellent example of everyone having the same aim and pulling together to recruit and retain good teachers.  Mike Stoneman added that at this meeting, four task and finish groups had been established which would be led by schools.  The results of their findings would be fed back to the next ITT meeting.


Councillor Purvis referred to his  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Ofsted school inspections Autumn 2016 - summary pdf icon PDF 215 KB

Purpose of report


(1)  This report sets out the outcome of six Ofsted school inspections that were carried out by Ofsted during the Autumn Term 2016 and any targeted action the council is taking as a result of them.


(2)  The report also provides a summary of the overall position for Ofsted judgements across schools in Portsmouth.




It is recommended that members of the Education Advisory Board:


(i)               Note the outcomes of the school inspections that were undertaken in the Autumn term 2016

(ii)                Endorse the school improvement support that is being provided by the council to St Jude's CofE Primary School and Mayfield School


Additional documents:




The report was introduced by Mike Stoneman who advised that six Ofsted school inspections had taken place in the autumn term which were listed in table 1 in the report. 


Jo Peach explained that for Mayfield School had been rated as good, its previous rating had been requires improvement. A number of areas for improvement however had been raised which the TSA were helping the school with.  Councillor Young referred to Mayfield now being an all through school and asked which area was identified as the most need for improvement.  Jo advised that KS4 had been identified by Ofsted as the area needing the most focus for improvement. 


Mike Stoneman referred to Cliffdale Primary Academy's rating of outstanding and said that this was pleasing particularly as it was previously rated as good and the inspection before that it was rated as special measures.  In response to a question, Mike advised that the school had been sponsored by Solent Academies Trust for the last three years and to move from special measures to outstanding in four years was an excellent achievement. In response to a question regarding if the school was having similar issues with the recruitment and retention of teachers, Jo explained that the school were very creative in terms of recruitment and had a 'grow your own' approach so that teaching assistants are encouraged to become teachers and they are recruiting good teachers from within which was very pleasing to see. 


With regard to secondary schools Mike advised that Priory School had moved from Requires Improvement to Good.  There are still some issues with attendance and exclusions however this is improving.  Councillor Young said that he was encouraged to see that Priory had moved out of the Requires Improvement category.


Charter Academy maintained its Good status.  The only area of concern had been the 16-19 study programmes however ARK have since made the decision to close the sixth form due to financial viability issues and would not be enrolling any students for the sixth form after September. 


Mike drew attention to the graphs in appendix 1 of the report.  These showed that there are now 75% of pupils attending schools rated as good and 9% of pupils attending schools rated as outstanding.  This is pleasing however overall standards are below the national average. 


Councillor Young said that he was encouraged to see the building blocks in place however still need to see outcomes for pupils improving. 


RESOLVED that the Education Advisory Board

(1)  Noted the outcomes of the school inspections that were undertaken in the Autumn term 2016

(2)  Endorsed the school improvement support that is being provided by the council to St Jude's CofE Primary School and Mayfield School.





Date of next meeting

For the panel to note the date of the next meeting of Thursday 22 June at 4pm. 



Councillor Young asked Board Members if there were any items they would like for future meetings.  Councillor Purvis said that it would be useful to revisit the strategic conversations from the previous meeting, particularly as the environment is changing with more schools moving to academies.  Officers advised that they could provide a report on this and update the Board on the number of academy orders and the future


It was also suggested that a representative from the Regional Schools Commissioner be invited to the next meeting


The Board Members noted the date of the next meeting which was Thursday 22 June 2017 at 4pm.