Agenda and minutes

Education Advisory Board - Monday, 3rd July, 2017 4.00 pm

Venue: Conference Room A - Civic Offices. View directions

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Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Neill Young and Helen Reeder, TLP representative.


Declarations of interests


Councillor Suzy Horton declared a personal interest as she is a governor at Craneswater Junior School.


Minutes of the last meeting - 2 February 2017 pdf icon PDF 86 KB

The minutes of the last meeting on 2 February 2017 are attached for approval. 


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 2 February 2017 be agreed as a correct record.



Portsmouth Education Partnership and School Improvement - update pdf icon PDF 68 KB

The purpose of the report is to provide 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

(ii)       Endorse the draft Education Strategy for Portsmouth which is currently out for consultation

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



Additional documents:


The report was introduced by Mike Stoneman.  He explained that the Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) Strategy Board took place this morning.  He reminded members that an update on the PEP had been provided at the last Education Advisory Board and officers had explained that early priorities had been agreed.  A half day workshop took place on 7 February where all schools and partners reflected on progress.  This was used to shape the agenda going forward. At the last PEP Strategic Board meeting it was agreed to continue with the current structures as they are working well. 


Mike summarised the sub groups and said that it would be good to get more people involved on these groups, particularly school leaders. There are head teachers on each of the groups and a handful of these are active.  Headteachers have fed back that they can see the benefits and want to get more involved which is encouraging.


Hilary Loder, the Independent Chair of the PEP considered that there was a feeling from the board that the PEP continues to undersell itself. All key stakeholders are aligned and they are now able to see plans coming through from the key priority areas. The PEP is coming up with some innovative ideas to solve problems that have been apparent over the years.  With regard to the education strategy, the PEP is considering targeting areas of the strategy to stakeholders. Mike added that through the PEP a partnership with the multi academy trusts (MATs) has been mobilised which previously would not have been possible.  Alison added a letter from the Regional Schools Commissioner had been sent to all MATs in the city requiring their collaboration in the PEP.  This reaffirms the validity of the PEP.  Hilary added that the inclusion of MATs in the PEP is an unusual feature and it is rare for them to be so fully engaged. This makes the PEP exciting as MATs are involved and have a voice which is integral to the vision.  It also provides a platform for any issues to be resolved in a collaborative forum. 


Draft Education Strategy

The Education Strategy has been drafted and is about to be distributed for consultation.  This was considered by the PEP Strategy Board today.  The final strategy will be published in the autumn term.  Alison Jeffery said that the content of the strategy was welcomed at the PEP Board earlier and there had been a representation from the parent and carer board and they said they really liked the emotional health and wellbeing section.  Alison considered that it would perhaps be helpful to provide a two page summary of the strategy with the key messages to encourage more people to read it. 


Councillor Horton considered this to be a very good strategy that was accessible and easy to understand.  She said that the headings under the strategic priorities were clear with a good summary.  Alison added that there were action plans and milestones in place underpinning this, in order  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.


Ofsted inspections - update on recent inspections and overall position for the city pdf icon PDF 300 KB

Purpose of report


This report sets out the outcome of 7 Ofsted school inspections that were carried out by Ofsted during the Spring and Summer terms 2017 and any targeted action the council is taking as a result of them.


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 Spring and Summer terms 2017;

(ii)          Endorse the school improvement support that is will be provided by the council to Milton Park Primary School as set out in paragraph 4.16.


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Mike Stoneman introduced the report and summarised table 1 showing the outcome of the 7 school inspections during the Spring and Summer 2017.  A further three inspections have since taken place for Copnor Primary School, Ark Dickens Primary Academy and Manor Infant School.  The outcomes of these will not be known until later in July. 


He drew attention to the Ofsted inspection at Milton Park Primary School which had been rated as requires improvement. This was the first inspection since the infant and junior school had amalgamated. The school had put school improvement measures in place but had not been fully engaged with the local authority, although some targeted support to improve maths had been brokered. Following the Ofsted inspection the local authority had met with the Headteacher and agreed a programme of school improvement.  He added that the current Headteacher is leaving at the end of term.  Interviews for the new Headteacher were taking place tomorrow 4 July.  Jo Peach added that she had lined up a school improvement partner however would wait to see who was appointed before confirming this as it would depend on the new Headteacher's strengths. An action plan would be needed to target which areas needed most support. Milton Park Primary is considering joining a MAT, but are at a very early stage. 



RESOLVED the Education Advisory Board

(1)  Noted the outcomes of the school inspections that were undertaken in the Spring and Summer terms 2017, 

(2)  Endorsed the school improvement support that will be provided by the council to Milton Park Primary School as set out in paragraph 4.16 and noted that this will be reviewed once the new Headtacher is appointed.