Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Children & Young People Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 26th March, 2014
Time:
5.00pm
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1TU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Carol Clark(Chairman), Cllr Michael Clark(Vice Cllr Norma Stephenson) Cllr Ben Houchen, Cllr Barbara Inman, Cllr Elliot Kennedy, Cllr Ken Lupton, Cllr Tracey Stott, Cllr Mrs Sylvia Walmsley, Phil Rigby.
Officers:
Lynda Brown, Jane Humphreys, Shaun McLurg, Simon Willson, David Willingham(CESC), Richard Poundford, Roland Todd(DNS) Judith Trainer and Kirsty Wannop(LDS).
In Attendance:
Cllr Anny McCoy
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Norma Stephenson and Cllr Ben Houchen
Item Description Decision
Public
CYP
52/13
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
CYP
53/13
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 22ND JANUARY 2014
The Minutes of the meeting held on 22nd January 2014 were signed by the Chair as a correct record.
CYP
54/13
DRAFT MINUTES - 19TH FEBRUARY 2014
AGREED the minutes be approved.
CYP
55/13
PERFORMANCE UPDATE Q3 2013/14
AGREED the information be noted.
CYP
56/13
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION
AGREED the report be approved and forwarded to Cabinet for consideration subject to the amendment set out above.
CYP
57/13
WORK PROGRAMME
 
5.00pm/6.00pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CYP
52/13
There were no interests declared.
CYP
54/13
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 19th February 2014.
CYP
55/13
Members received the Quarter 3 performance report in relation to the agreed framework for Children Services.

The Committee received the following:-
- Feedback from the Critical Friend Review from Northumberland County Council.
- Quarter 3 performance overview for Children & Young People Services that included a summary of some performance indicators linked to priorities in the Council Plan, along with commentary on other performance issues arising during the quarter.
- Adoption performance update; this was based on the last available year end data for which comparative national data was provided, along with some updated local information.

The Committee asked questions in relation to the following issues:
- The percentage of secondary school judged to be good or outstanding which was lower than the England average. Officers commented that the most recent performance information indicated that the situation was improving and were hopeful that the improvements at primary would in turn have a positive impact on secondary performance. Cllr Ann McCoy highlighted the importance of examining transition from primary to secondary. The Committee note that this topic was on the Committee's work programme for the current year.
- The timeliness of assessments under the new Single Assessments Process. Officers advised that the latest date from February indicated that targets were being met.
- The take up of free childcare places for eligible families were being encouraged to take advantage of free places. It was recognised that this could have a positive impact on a child becoming ready for school.
- the timeliness of the adoption process. The Committee noted that there had been significant improvements and recognised that performance in respect of this indicator needed also to be considered alongside placement stability.
CYP
56/13
The Committee considered the draft final report for the Review of Employment and Education.
The Committee suggested that in addition to asking Governing Bodies to appoint a governor champion for Enterprise and Employment, that they should be asked to consider placing a regular item on Enterprise and Employment on Governing Body meetings.
CYP
57/13
The Committee's work programme was noted.

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