Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Substitutions

The Committee is asked to note any apologies for absence and substitutions received from Members.

Minutes:

There were apologies for absence received from Councillor Broderick (with Councillor King substituting).

2.

Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record, the minutes of the last meeting of the Committee, held on Monday 20 March 2017.

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting of the Committee, held on Monday 20 March 2017, were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors are invited to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or other interest, and the nature of it, in relation to any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

Councillor I Henderson declared a Non-Pecuniary Interest in items 4 and 5 by virtue of the fact that he was an Essex County Councillor.

 

Councillor Land declared a Non-Pecuniary Interest in items 4 and 5 by virtue of the fact that he worked for Essex County Council within the Education Department.

4.

Education Update

Officers will be in attendance from Essex County Council to give presentations to the Committee on the following education related issues:-

 

School Places: Joe Chell (Lead Organisation Officer) and Kevin Wilby (School Organisation Officer)

 

Recruitment & Retention: Graham Lancaster (Lead Commissioner for SES Project Work)

 

Careers Advice: Tracy Eve (Employability and Skills Manager)

 

School Attendance: Kay Chapman (Team Leader North East Essex)

 

Minutes:

School Places

 

Essex County Council’s School Organisation Officer (Kevin Wilby) and Lead Organisation Officer (Joe Chell) were in attendance and gave the Committee a presentation on School Places. The presentation covered the following:-

 

·        Strategic Planning;

·        Forecasts;

·        Creating Solutions;

·        2017 – 2026, 10 year plan information for Tendring;

·        Reception year forecasts – Primary Schools;

·        Year 7 forecasts – Secondary Schools;

·        General Conclusion; and

·        Next steps.

 

At the meeting, Members were given a paper copy of an extract for the Tendring District from Essex County Council’s 2017-2026 10 Year Plan ‘Meeting the demand for school places in Essex’.

 

Following on from the presentation Members were given the opportunity to ask questions.

 

The Chairman thanked Kevin Wilby and Joe Chell for their very informative presentation.

 

Recruitment and Retention

 

Essex County Council’s Lead Commissioner for SES Project Work (Graham Lancaster) was in attendance and gave the Committee a presentation on Teacher Recruitment and Retention. The presentation covered the following:-

 

·        The National picture;

·        Particular challenges in Essex;

·        Retention strategies;

·        Recruitment;

·        What TDC may be able to do;

·        The performance of Essex Schools; and

·        Continuing priorities.

 

The Council’s Head of People Performance and Projects (Anastasia Simpson) informed Members about Teach First, Key Worker Housing - which was part of the Council’s Local Plan and Education Forums.

 

Following on from the presentation Members were given the opportunity to ask questions.

 

After discussion, it was AGREED that CABINET be informed:

 

That the Committee would like to stress how important Key Worker Housing is and that the issues and concerns in relation to this should be treated as a key priority.

 

The Chairman thanked Graham Lancaster for his very informative presentation.

 

Careers Advice

 

Essex County Council’s Employability and Skills Manager (Tracy Eve) was in attendance and gave the Committee a presentation on Careers Education and Information, Advice and Guidance in Schools. The presentation covered the following:-

 

·        Statutory duty on Schools;

·        Quality in careers standard;

·        Tendring Schools;

·        Careers Advisors;

·        Activity survey for year 11 leavers in Essex and Tendring 2014-2016;

·        Other employment and skills board activities to support CEIAG; and

·        Other activities.

 

Following on from the presentation Members were given the opportunity to ask questions.

 

After discussion, it was RECOMMENDED to CABINET that:

 

A letter be sent to the local MPs after 8 June 2017, to support the findings and recommendations of the House of Commons Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy contained in their report on Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. In particular, that the recommendation that Ofsted have a greater role in assessing careers advice in schools be supported.

 

The Chairman thanked Tracy Eve for her very interesting presentation.

 

School Attendance

 

Essex County Council’s Team Leader for North Essex (Kay Chapman) was in attendance and provided the Committee with information on school attendance. The following areas were covered:-

 

·        Attendance data;

·        Monitoring attendance;

·        Enforcement;

·        Children out of School places;

·        Helping to improve attendance;

·        Encouragement for Schools to engage with families;

·        Good attendance = Good attainment;

·        Referrals / Missing children; and

·        Raising awareness and support.

 

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5.

Review of the Memorandum of Understanding with Anglia Ruskin University and Essex County Council pdf icon PDF 87 KB

The Council’s Executive Projects Manager (Rebecca Morton) will be in attendance to consult/seek feedback from the Committee on the review of the Memorandum of Understanding with Anglia Ruskin University and Essex County Council.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee had before it, a Briefing Paper, prepared by the Council’s Executive Projects Officer (Rebecca Morton) to consult/seek feedback from the Committee on the review of the Memorandum of Understanding with Anglia Ruskin University and Essex County Council.

 

The Council’s Head of People, Performance and Projects (Anastasia Simpson) informed Members that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) had been established with the partner organisations Anglia Ruskin University, Essex County Council and primary and secondary schools in the Tendring District in June 2014.

 

Members were informed that the aim of the MOU was to raise educational attainment and the aspiration of young people across the District. Tendring District Council was seeking to work closely with Anglia Ruskin and to both support schools and local businesses achieve these aims through joint working.

 

The Briefing Paper stated that Anglia Ruskin had been actively involved in the District over the past three years which included:-

 

·        Attendance at Tendring Education Improvement Group;

·        Working with primary and secondary schools in the District to provide opportunities for University taster/open days;

·        Joint investment of £1.2 million with IntoUniversity, to provide a Learning Centre in Clacton to support children and young people in the District - The Centre was due to open in September 2017; and

·        Primary education courses to support teacher recruitment and degree apprenticeships currently in development.

 

Members were informed that the MOU was now under review with the intention of a new one being agreed with effect from June 2017.

 

It was stated that Tendring District Council was very pleased with the support and partnership working arrangements as set out in the MOU and the positive impact this had brought to the children and young people in the area. Significant progress had been made by schools in terms of attainment levels, 85% of schools were now good or outstanding. 

 

It was reported that Tendring District Council were consequently very keen to continue the very positive partnership arrangements that were in place with the MOU.

 

It was proposed that the aims of the MOU for the next three years should include:-

 

·        Maintaining attainment levels in schools across the District;

·        Working with ECC and other partner organisations e.g. Teach First to continue to address the challenges of recruiting and retaining teachers and Head teachers; and

·        To continue to develop the appropriate skills for employability of young people in the area and in turn working with and supporting local businesses.

 

Attached to the Briefing Paper was Appendix A - Current Memorandum of Understanding agreement.

 

It was RESOLVED that:

 

(a)   the Committee supports the recommendations for a new Memorandum of Understanding to be agreed across partners and to be effective from 10 June 2017;

 

(b)   the revised Memorandum of Understanding will be shared with the Committee following agreement; and

 

(c)   the Committee would like to thank Anglia Ruskin University and partners for all their support for schools within the Tendring District over the past three years.