Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.



There were no apologies for absence.


Apologies for lateness were received for Councillors Gary Dillon and Mariam Lolavar.


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 47 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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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 63 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 January 2019.


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 17 January 2019 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.


Education achievement and standards 2017-18 pdf icon PDF 201 KB

To note the contents of this report, to be read in conjunction with the data provided in the appendix and note the areas for improvement set out in section 9.

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The Senior Assistant Director (SAD) of Inclusion, Learning and Achievement introduced the Head of School Improvement who gave a presentation to the Panel that highlighted key points in the report. She also informed the Panel that the Headteachers of Cardwell Primary, Eltham Hill School and Harris Academy Greenwich would give presentations in relation to the Education achievement and standards report discussing the challenges their respective schools faced and the strategies implemented to resolve them.


At 7.08pm Councillor Lolavar joined the meeting.


In response to questions raised, the Head of School Improvement advised that the Pupil Referral Unit was rated Good by Ofsted in May 2016.


The SAD of Inclusion, Learning and Achievement added that the Local Authority worked with all schools within the Borough and provided additional support to those experiencing difficulties. She stated that at the John Roan School an Interim Executive Board (IEB) was in place and was working in collaboration with the Headteacher, Local Authority and School Improvement Advisors. The school were also bringing in Coaches and Mentors to work with the year 11 students to ensure they were sufficiently prepared and ready to undertake their exams.


In respect of the Halley Academy, the SAD of Inclusion, Learning and Achievement stated that over the last few years, the school had received allocated pupils as result of its falling popularity with parents and that this presented with it a number of challenges such as there being a higher concentration of less able pupils within its school population. She had made two visits to the school and felt it had a more positive feel having undergone work that had improved the learning environment for pupils. During the visits, she discussed the schools SEND provision and their action plan to improve results. The Head of Wilmington School in Kent was working closely with the school, sharing experience and expertise to support the school. She said the Halley Academy becoming part of the Leigh Academy Trust was a positive step to the school finding its way forward.


The Head of School Improvement added that the Leigh Academy Trust were keen to work with all Greenwich schools both primary and secondary.


At 7.20pm Councillor Cornforth joined the meeting.


In response to questions raised, the SAD of Inclusion, Learning and Achievement stated there was a good working relationship with Stationers Crown Woods Academy who welcomed working with the Local Authority and she had met with the Executive Head of the school but not had the opportunity to meet with the Chief Executive. She said the outcomes were unexpected and the school were disappointed with the results. However, they were working with the Learning Improvement Partnership understand the pupil data by carefully tracking, analysing and discussing it, to implement appropriate interventions. 


The Panel expressed concerns about the educational outcomes at Key Stage 4 in Greenwich and if enough was being done to address it.


The SAD of Inclusion, Learning and Achievement stated that all schools under the London level are invited to come in,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Commissioning Future Reports pdf icon PDF 33 KB

To note the work items that are scheduled to be presented to the meeting of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel taking place on 18 April 2019 as outlines in the body of the report.

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The Chair advised the Panel of the work programme for the upcoming meeting.


Resolved –


That the work items that are scheduled to be presented to the meeting of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel taking place on 18 April 2019 be noted.