Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.


Apologies for absence were received from Monsignor Rothon.


Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.


There was no urgent business.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

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Councillor Linda Bird declared a personal interest as a Governor on the board of Governors for Montbelle Primary School.


Resolved –


That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies be noted.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 October 2014.


No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.


Resolved -


That the minutes of the meeting of the Children and Young Peoples Scrutiny Panel held on 2 October 2014 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.


Education Standards 2013/14 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

This report andthepresentation slidesprovidean analysisof educationalperformanceduring the2013/14academicyear.


The report andpresentation cover:


Asummaryofthequalityofeducationoffered, as judged by


Borough and cluster level summary ofoutcomesachieved by children and young peopleateach keystage;

Analysisof the performanceofvulnerablegroups.


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The Chair, Councillor Barbara Barwick welcomed Gabriel Hall and Alexander Seadon to the Panel and confirmed that they would be officially ratified as Parent Governor representatives of the Panel before the next meeting.


The Director of Children’s Services introduced the presentation on 2013/14 Educational Outcomes for the Royal Borough of Greenwich and then invited the Assistant Director Inclusion, Learning and Achievement to begin the presentation, Royal Greenwich Schools 2014 Outcomes..


In response to a Member question the Assistant Director Inclusion, Learning and Achievement stated that the percentages for fixed term exclusions related to the number of days as well as the number of Children. The Director of Children’s Services added that it was approximately 2,500 days lost when the percentage was 7.5%. The Assistant Director Inclusion, Learning and Achievement also stated that most of the in-house exclusions were not included in the figures. The Director added that the fall was a direct result of two Secondary Schools changing their practice to internal in-house exclusion where practical.


In response to a Member question the Assistant Director Inclusion, Learning and Achievement confirmed that when children were excluded, there was a requirement for them to be in educational provision from day 6 and that the PRU offers a 6 day provision. The Director added that increasingly schools were trying to avoid long term exclusions where possible although sometimes it was necessary.


In response to a Member question the Assistant Director Inclusion, Learning and Achievement stated that the results from Ofsted inspections had shown that schools which had provision for Special Education Needs (SEN) had performed well. The Director also added that in one school which was in special measures, the SEN provision had been judged as ‘Good’. She also stated that they made a point of including designated provision in any reporting of performance outcomes.


In response to a Member question the Assistant Director Inclusion, Learning and Achievement stated that children who returned to their country of origin were included in the rates for persistent absence. She also confirmed that they had a system for fast tracking absenteeism and were conducting interviews after two weeks absence and working with the families to try to resolve issues quickly. It was also stated that there was a big push on working with nursery schools as they set the pattern for future attendance. The Assistant Director Inclusion, Learning and Achievement also confirmed that they went for the supportative team around the child approach and the Director confirmed that there was a high correlation between attendance and achievement.


In response to a Member question the Director of Children’s Services stated that most of the students at the Greenwich Free School were from Greenwich and that Ofsted were monitoring the schools performance. She also added that one of the issues for the school was tracking of students and that Children’s Services were engaging with the school and offering support around the issue of data analysis.


The Head of Primary Standards presented the section on ‘Early Years Foundation and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Commissioning discussion - reports scheduled for 16 December 2014 and 29 January 2015 pdf icon PDF 61 KB

The Panel is asked to note the work items that are scheduled to be presented to the next meeting of the Corporate Parenting Panel scheduled for16 December 2014 and the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel scheduled for 29 January 2014.

The Panel is asked to identify any specific themes or lines of enquiry to be covered by reports on the agenda, in order that these can be commissioned from the report author accordingly.



The Scrutiny Officer introduced and summarised the report.


The Chair, Councillor Barbara Barwick announced that the meeting which was scheduled to take place on 16 December 2014 was to be a ‘Market Stall’ type event where providers would showcase the services they provide for looked after children and care leavers.


The Chair also reminded Members that they would need DBS clearance if they are to visit Broadwalk Children’s Home.


The Chair also confirmed that the January 2015 meeting would likely be held in a Children’s Centre and that ‘Pound Park’ was the likely venue.




That the report be noted.