The Education, Children and Young People (ECYP) Scrutiny Panel
members are asked to suggest and give consideration to potential review
topics for submission to the next meeting of the Scrutiny Management Panel
(which is due to meet on 25 July
Suggestions so far include:
(i) Pupil Premium
(ii) Home to School Transport
(iii)Child Sexual Exploitation
(iv)Troubled Families Programme
(v) School Catchment Areas
Any other areas of interest members would be interested in looking into that
are within the
panel's remit are welcomed.
RECOMMENDED that the ECYP Scrutiny Panel makes prioritised
suggestions of suitable review topics for consideration by the Scrutiny
The panel was advised that
the Scrutiny Management Panel were due to meet on 25 July 2014 to
allocate and prioritise review topics for this scrutiny
panel. Julian Wooster had put forward
some suggested topics on the agenda, some of which had been topics
the panel had considered last year.
The chair of the panel,
Councillor Purvis invited the panel to put forward any additional
topics for review.
Councillor Godier suggested that a review into school induction days for children moving to new schools might be an interesting area for the panel to review. The panel agreed to put this forward to the Scrutiny Management Panel (SMP) as a topic. Councillor Godier also suggested that the panel may wish to review the EMAS service as he had been advised there were a limited number of staff to provide support for the whole city. Julien Kramer advised he could circulate a briefing note to the panel on the service.
Councillor Purvis suggested that the provision of special education needs in the city might also be a topic to review. He said this was touched upon within the school governance review last year and Councillor Stagg added that this was topical in particular with the future relocation of the Harbour School. Julien Kramer said that there was an incomplete pattern of special education provision in the city and the panel could review how children with special educational needs are provided for in special schools compared to those in main stream schools. The Panel agreed to put this forward to the SMP.
Julien Kramer added that the panel might wish to review school improvement as a topic.
Julien Kramer, Interim Head of Education and Kelly Nash, Corporate Performance Manager were invited to comment on the proposed topics put forward on the agenda:
Pupil Premium - this was a topical theme and officers advised the panel may
wish to consider outcomes, best practice and how schools are making
the best use of this money. The panel agreed this was a relevant
topic to put forward. Councillor Purvis
suggested this review could initially consist of a workshop style
format inviting head teachers to share how they are using the
money. This could be followed up by two
or three meetings for the panel to form their
recommendations. Schools could be asked
to submit a report on what they are spending the money
on. Julien Kramer added that this
information is available and he could provide this for the
Home to School Transport
- Officers advised that the new policy comes into
effect in September so any processes and any potential savings will
not be embedded/realised at the moment.
The panel agreed that it would not be appropriate to review this at
this time and this could be a topic for next year.
Child SexualExploitation - Kelly Nash advised the panel that
the Safer Portsmouth Partnership were finalising the Child
Exploitation Strategy. Therefore their
aspirations would not yet be firmly embedded and it would not be
appropriate to review this at this stage. Kelly advised that she would ask the Partnership
for a written report and timeline to give to the panel. The panel said this could always be reviewed next
year if appropriate.
Troubled Families Programme
- Officers advised that this area had been drawn
into several recent scrutiny reviews.
The cross cutting nature of the agenda also provides this area of
work with governance links to the three key partnerships in the
city so it is heavily governed.
Councillor Stagg added that James Hill, Troubled Families
Co-ordinator regularly reports to the Safer Portsmouth Partnership
and the Children's Trust Board. The
Panel agreed not to put this topic forward.
School Catchment Areas
- Julien Kramer advised that due to the population
in the city increasing these would need to be reviewed in due
course. The City of Portsmouth Boy's
School is due to become an Academy which would mean the school no
longer has a catchment area. This would
have a major impact on the catchment for Mayfield
School. The panel also raised the issue
of schools in Portsmouth considering moving to all through
schools. It was agreed that this topic
be considered next year once the proposals have been
RESOLVED that the suggested review topics be put forward to Scrutiny Management Panel for agreement in the following order:
1. Pupil Premium
2. The provision of Special Educational needs in the city.
3. School induction days for pupils