Agenda

Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 20th September, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room, First Floor, BCP Civic Centre Annex, St Stephen's Rd, Bournemouth BH2 6LL. View directions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence from Councillors.

2.

Substitute Members

To receive information on any changes in the membership of the Committee.

 

Note – When a member of a Committee is unable to attend a meeting of a Committee or Sub-Committee, the relevant Political Group Leader (or their nominated representative) may, by notice to the Monitoring Officer (or their nominated representative) prior to the meeting, appoint a substitute member from within the same Political Group. The contact details on the front of this agenda should be used for notifications.

 

3.

Declarations of Interests

Councillors are requested to declare any interests on items included in this agenda. Please refer to the workflow on the preceding page for guidance.

Declarations received will be reported at the meeting.

4.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 392 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record the minutes of the Meeting held on 27 July 2022.

4a

Action Sheet pdf icon PDF 362 KB

5.

Public Issues

To receive any public questions, statements or petitions submitted in accordance with the Constitution, which is available to view at the following link:

 

https://democracy.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CommitteeID=151&Info=1&bcr=1

 

The deadline for the submission of a public question is 4 clear working days before the meeting.

The deadline for the submission of a public statement is midday the working day before the meeting.

The deadline for the submission of a petition is 10 working days before the meeting.

 

6.

Report for Children's Overview and Scrutiny pdf icon PDF 3 MB

The Care Experienced themed report presents an update on the progress of improvement work within the Care Experienced Young People’s Service in Children’s Social Care. It highlights activity undertaken within a recent themed ‘practice week’, including a summary presentation within Appendix 1. In addition, it details updates on progress on the provision of health passports, housing options and the recent opening of the BCP Care Leaver Hub ‘333’. Appendix 2 highlights the voice of the young people involved in the design and development of the Hub, with their views on the outcome. There are a number of actions identified for the next quarter to continue the service’s improvement journey.

7.

SEND Improvement Journey – SEND Expansion of Places pdf icon PDF 302 KB

The number of children and young people assessed as requiring a place at a specialist education provision in the BCP area has increased in recent years and this has increased expenditure on high needs.

 

As part of the Council’s strategy to address growth and associated financial pressure, work is underway to implement a programme of expansion of specialist school places across BCP which will help provide local access to cost effective places and a reduction in the Council’s reliance on costly independent placements.

 

8.

Update - Longspee Ensbury Park Campus pdf icon PDF 472 KB

This report provides an overview of the impact of the newly created specialist school places provided at Longspee Ensbury Park Campus part of Ambitions Academy Trust. Working with Ambitions Academy Trust, the Council redeveloped the former Bournemouth Learning Centre to provide a satellite of Longspee Special School. The new campus opened for a full complement of 54 children in September 2021 and provides places for secondary school aged children 11-16 with a diagnosis of social emotional mental health (SEMH)/autistic spectrum condition (ASC) and complex needs. The scheme to redevelop the accommodation at BLC was funded by the Council and following the development of a challenging and complex project, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee would like the opportunity to review key aspects of the scheme to promote learning, including:

 

·     the impact of the newly created campus on the opportunities for teaching and learning for children and young people;

·     lessons learned and mitigations for future schemes.

 

9.

Review of the new RE syllabus from BCP SACRE pdf icon PDF 145 KB

SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) is a statutory responsibility of every Local Authority (LA) in England.

The locally Agreed Syllabus is a statutory syllabus of Religious Education (RE) prepared under Schedule 31 to the Education Act 1996 and adopted by the LA under that schedule. It must be followed in state funded schools without a designated denomination. Once adopted by the LA, the Agreed Syllabus sets out what pupils should be taught and can include the expected standards of pupils’ performance at different stages.

Every five years SACRE must convene an Agreed Syllabus Conference to review and commission a revised syllabus that reflects changing communities, curriculum, and culture of the local area.

The current Agreed Syllabus is a legacy joint Bournemouth and Poole syllabus.

BCP SACRE have commissioned and procured Jan Lever Group to review, plan, write and deliver the first BCP Agreed Syllabus which will be taught in schools from September 2023.

The syllabus will be covered by up to £20,000 and will be delivered within the agreed budget and timeline.

10.

School Admission Arrangements 2024/25 – Determination pdf icon PDF 225 KB

BCP Council administers admission arrangements for its community and voluntary controlled schools. There is a legal requirement to determine the arrangements annually as described in the School Admissions Code 2021 and associated legislation.

There are no proposed changes to the admission arrangements for the 2024/25 academic year from those which were publicly consulted upon and determined by the Council for the 2023/24 academic year.

The local authority must also formulate and publish a scheme to coordinate the admission arrangements for all publicly funded schools within their area for the 2024/25 academic year.

Additional documents:

11.

Key Performance Indicators - Quarter 1 pdf icon PDF 318 KB

This report provides a performance update for the period April - June 2022 (Quarter 1 2022-23) for the key performance indicators relating to Children’s Services as detailed in the Corporate Performance Scorecard.

Additional documents:

12.

Portfolio Holder Update

To receive verbal updates from the relevant Portfolio Holders.

13.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 267 KB

To consider the Committee’s Forward Plan

14.

Dates of Future Meetings

To agree the dates for the remaining 2022/2023 Municipal year as:

·       Tuesday 22 November 2022

·       Tuesday 7 February 2022

 

15.

Exclusion of Press and Public

In relation to the items of business appearing below, the Committee is asked to consider the following resolution: -

 

‘That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs such interest in disclosing the information.’

16.

SEND Programme of Expansion - Broadstone Middle School

The number of children and young people assessed as requiring a place at a specialist education provision in the BCP area has increased in recent years and this has increased expenditure on high needs. As part of the Council’s strategy to address growth and associated financial pressure, work is underway to implement a programme of expansion of specialist school places across the conurbation which will help provide local access to cost effective places and a reduction in the Council’s reliance on costly independent placements. As one in a number of schemes currently in development, it is planned that Broadstone Middle School run by the Castleman Academy Trust will expand the existing resource base to provide an additional eight resource base places for children with autism spectrum condition (ASC). The proposal is for the expansion of the existing resource base known locally as The Link, from 15 places to 23 places from September 2022.