Agenda and minutes

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County Councillors Kevin Ellard, Alan Schofield and Barrie Yates replaced County Councillors Munsif Dad, Matthew Salter and Peter Steen respectively.


County Councillor Andrea Kay chaired the meeting in the absence of County Councillor Christian Wakeford.




There were no apologies.




Disclosure of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

Members are asked to consider any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests they may have to disclose to the meeting in relation to matters under consideration on the Agenda.


County Councillors Kevin Ellard and Jennifer Mein declared non-pecuniary interests as they were both school governors.


Minutes of the meeting held on 29 October 2019 pdf icon PDF 209 KB


Resolved: The minutes from the meeting held on 29 October 2019 be confirmed and as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.



Lancashire Schools Attainment pdf icon PDF 563 KB

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The Chair welcomed Paul Duckworth, Head of Service Education and Paul Dyson-Knight, Secondary Team Leader, to the meeting.


The report presented provided detail of standards in Lancashire schools, together with a summary of judgements by Ofsted.


The committee was informed that Ofsted had introduced its revised inspection framework at the start of the current academic year and early indications suggested the changes could result in some schools, currently rated as outstanding, struggling to retain this judgement..

The new inspection framework focused on the quality of education. This had been interpreted as a shift to the strength and breadth of the curriculum on offer to pupils.


It was pointed out to members that Ofsted's expectation for schools to be ambitious for all pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds or with special needs, mirrored the ongoing focus in Lancashire enabling access to the wider curriculum.


The committee heard that Lancashire was likely to follow a national trend for a reduction in the number of outstanding schools this year. That would come after a 3.3% fall locally over the past three years in secondary schools rated good or outstanding, with 75% now in the top two categories. At primary level, 92% of schools in Lancashire were rated good or better. This had not really changed over the past three years and was above the national average.


Members were informed that another change to the inspection could affect primary and secondary schools with an outstanding Ofsted rating. Outstanding rated schools have previously been exempt from routine inspection, however this will change from September 2020 with Ofsted set to re-inspect all such schools within the next five years.


It was noted that outcomes for children with SEND, disadvantaged pupils, Children Looked After (CLA) and Children in Need (CIN), and for white British boys, was currently not good enough and were key priorities for the service moving forward.


The committee raised concerns on various aspects of Lancashire's educational performancereported.


Members were keen to understand how the county council planned to address these concerns. It was reported that Lancashire County Council was looking at having a more joined up way of working with partners through local networking as well as working with groups of schools in different networks. These networks would be overseen by a new strategic Lancashire Education Partnership Board. The board would be chaired by the Lancashire County Council's Executive Director of Education and Children's Services.


It was reported that the aims of the new system led school improvement model would be to ensure that the schools are at the heart of the system led approach

with a team around the school consisting of partner agencies such as health, Police, housing, inclusion etc.


Members were pleased to note the work being undertaken on strategies to address the current attainment concerns and requested a report to come back to a future meeting of the committee on the progress of the new system led school improvement model.



Resolved: That;


  1. The standards of achievement by Lancashire children  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Education Scrutiny Committee Work Programme 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 20 KB

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The work plan for the Education Scrutiny Committee for the 2019/20 municipal year was presented to the Committee. The topics included were identified at the work planning workshop held on 22 July 2019.


Resolved: The report and work plan presented be noted.



Urgent Business

An item of urgent business may only be considered under this heading where, by reason of special circumstances to be recorded in the Minutes, the Chair of the meeting is of the opinion that the item should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.  Wherever possible, the Chief Executive should be given advance warning of any Member’s intention to raise a matter under this heading.


There were no items of Urgent Business.



Date of the Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting of the Committee is due to be held at 10.30am on the 3 March 2020 in Cabinet Room 'C' at County Hall, Preston.



The next meeting of the Education Scrutiny Committee is due to be held on 3 March at 10.30am in Cabinet Room C, at County Hall, Preston.