Decision Maker: People Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To provide a report on the recent SEND Area
Ofsted Inspection as well as to seek the Committee's endorsement to
measures and actions being undertaken to respond to the areas for
development that have been identified.
Kieran Holliday, Head of Pupil Based Commissioning, presented the report after giving apologies on behalf of Fiona Phelps, Assistant Director - Education and SEN, accompanied by Bob Harrison, Service Director - Cognus Ltd.
In response to Members questions, it was confirmed that a number of concerns had been addressed in the self-evaluation process and an update was provided with regards to senior officer staffing of SEN.
Members questioned the composition of the implementation group and the Head of Pupil Based Commissioning explained the rationale, confirming that those involved play a key role in working with a wide variety of organisations. The Interim Strategic Director - People added that stakeholders of the group would be kept under review.
Councillor Holly Ramsey requested that Members of the Committee be provided more frequent updates following the criticisms of leadership and challenge by elected members in the OFSTED report.
An additional recommendation was proposed by Councillor Elliott Colburn and seconded by Councillor Jane Pascoe, that “A written briefing be provided on a monthly basis, as appropriate, to the Chair and Lead Member of the Opposition from August on this matter.”
The Strategic Director - People (Interim) committed to providing a summary of the written statement of action to Cllr James and Pascoe, prior to submission, and referred to the recommendation that an update to committee would be provided in September 2018. Members sought reassurance that the statement would be sufficiently robust and the Chair confirmed that she would have oversight of the document prior to submission.
Further discussion followed about methods of quality assurance and review across the borough of the Education Health and Care Plans. The Service Director - Cognus Ltd reported there is staff training arrangements, and a moderation process in place to review the Education Health and Care Plans(EHC) plans, parental involvement is included in the workstreams as outlined by the report.
Members discussed financial implications for schools of delivering the Education Health and Care Plans (ECH). Finance which will be from the national funding formula and the dedicated schools grant.
Prior to the vote, Andrew Theobald (Roman Catholic, Archdiocese of Southwark) left the meeting.
2. The work that is being undertaken to produce the Written Statement of Action and note the submission deadline of 3 July be noted and endorsed.
3. A report be brought back to the Committee in September for officers to update on progress made on the Written Statement of Action (WSOA).
4. A written briefing be provided on a monthly basis, as appropriate, to the Chair and Lead Member of the Opposition from August 2018 on this matter.
Publication date: 18/09/2018
Date of decision: 14/06/2018
Decided at meeting: 14/06/2018 - People Committee