Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

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Note: Please note item 5 has been deferred 

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 37 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 55 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 18 April 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 18 April 2019 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.


School Place Planning Report

Report to follow.


This item was withdrawn and not considered at this meeting.


2019/20 Work Programme Schedule pdf icon PDF 45 KB

To note and agree the attached 2019/20 work programme schedule for the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel.

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The Chair introduced the Work Programme for the municipal year 2019/20 to the Panel. She advised that meetings for the year will be thematic.  


Panel Members suggested the following be included in relation to the meetings listed:


Children in Our Care

Representation from Children in Care Council to give a short presentation and discuss actions they would like to see.


Education Outcomes

Information on the strategies implemented and their impacts on KS3 and KS4 attainment. 



To receive an update from the knife action group.

Action: DCS


The Director of Children’s Services stated that an update from the knife action group would be going to the Community Safety Scrutiny Panel and the report on the effectiveness of Greenwich Risk Adolescent Safeguarding and Prevention Panel (GRASP) would include the update as one of the interventions used, with reference to and more detail around Greenwich RESET being provided to the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel at its Safeguarding meeting.


The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Community Safety commented that young people being invited to attend scrutiny meetings should include the caveat, if they are willing. 


The Panel sought clarification that the work programme for 19/20 was deliverable to ensure any changes required to facilitate its delivery could be considered at an early stage, in light of an agenda item being deferred to a later date.


The Cabinet Member responded that the report was not in a satisfactory format and had not progressed through the relevant clearance process which meant it was deferred at her request. She added that for future agenda items on the work programme she would work to deadlines.


Panel Members discussed the scope for the review into fixed term exclusions. The Panel asked that the following be included:


-      Comparative data at local and national level.

-      Breakdown of data by ethnic groups to identify overrepresented groups.

-      Information on the Local Authorities relationship with academies and their usage of fixed term exclusions.

-      Address any concerns of off-rolling in Greenwich schools

-      Provide analysis of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and to look at their underlying needs and support requirements.

-      Reports to clearly and informatively show the direction of travel, what interventions are currently in place to reduce fixed term exclusions.

-      Early involvement with parents.

-      Meetings with officers and school visits (cross section visit of schools nursery, primary, secondary, maintained and academies).

-      To monitor proposals of excluded children’s outcomes being tracked back to the schools.

-      Review policies of other Local Authorities and what they are doing to successfully tackle fixed term exclusions.  


At 7.15pm Councillor Okereke left the meeting.


In response to questions from the Panel, the Director of Children’s Services described the differences between permanent exclusions and fixed term exclusions adding that information on Pupil Referral Units would be included in the report. She stated that currently Children’s Services did not track every single child from the first time they were excluded but that there was support  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Action Monitoring pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To note that future meetings will include a report to monitor that actions raised by the Panel have been completed.


The Chair introduced the report advising the Panel that an action monitoring report will be included as part of future meeting agendas to ensure follow up actions raised by Scrutiny Members are completed.  


Resolved –


That the Panel noted that future meetings will include a report to monitor that actions raised by the Panel have been completed.