Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 23rd November, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Suite, Civic Centre, Poole BH15 2RU. View directions

Contact: Louise Smith, Email:  Email:


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To receive any apologies for absence from Councillors.



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.



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.


Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 336 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record the minutes of the Meeting held on 21 September 2021.


Action Sheet pdf icon PDF 360 KB

To consider any outstanding actions.


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:


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.



The BCP Appreciative Inquiry into inclusion practices in BCP schools pdf icon PDF 135 KB

This is the covering report for the Appreciative Inquiry, which took place over the summer of 2021, concluding with a consultation process with schools about its contents. The final version of the Inquiry is attached along with suggested next steps.

A report with recommendations is being taken to Cabinet and should the recommendations be accepted by the Cabinet, this will allow for major changes in the services provided by the Council to schools to go ahead in principle, subject to separate business cases being submitted for authorisation when detailed work on relevant individual recommendations have been carried out.

Additional documents:


Written statement of action for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). pdf icon PDF 543 KB

Following a local area SEND inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in late June 2021, the local authority (LA) and Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) must produce and submit a Written Statement of Action (WSoA) by 7 December.

The WSoA is being co-produced by a partnership process involving families, schools, Health, the Council and other partners.


Covid Recovery – Feedback on Start of School Year and Summer Offer pdf icon PDF 307 KB

The Summer Offer looked to address mental health, gaps in learning, the lack of preparation for secondary school, exploitation and knife crime as well as ensuring that families have food during this period. This report details the impact of this offer on the start of the school year for children in BCP.


Home to School Transport pdf icon PDF 253 KB

The attached cabinet report introduces a common home to school transport policy for the whole of the BCP Council area across the areas of the three former council areas

Additional documents:


Schools Admissions Arrangements 2023/2024 for community and maintained schools pdf icon PDF 228 KB

The cabinet report confirms admissions arrangements for schools maintained by BCP Council for the school year 2023/24. It is proposed that a consultation take place to reduce the published admission number at Burton Primary School from 60 to 45 to enable the school to organise classes most efficiently.

Additional documents:


Capital expenditure to enable bulge classes at the Avonbourne Schools pdf icon PDF 293 KB

The report proposes that Cabinet approve up to £500,000 capital expenditure to enable the Avonbourne Schools to undertake remodelling so that they can take up to two bulge classes.  Pupil place planning projections suggest there may be insufficient places available in the local area in the admissions years 2022 and 2023. Providing for bulge classes would ensure that the council meets its statutory responsibility to provide sufficient school places for all school age children living within the area.


Portfolio Holder Update

To receive a verbal update from the Portfolio Holders.


Items for Information

Information only items will be circulated after the Committee:

·       Pan Dorset Safeguarding Childrens Partnership Annual Report




Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 410 KB

To consider the Committee’s Forward Plan.


Dates of Future Meetings

To note the dates of future Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committees as follows:


  • 25 January 2022
  • 22 March 2022


All meetings will commence at 6pm and venues to be confirmed.