Agenda and minutes

Children, Families and Skills Scrutiny Committee - Wednesday, 5th April, 2023 10.30 am

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Venue: Committee Room 'C' - The Duke of Lancaster Room, County Hall, Preston. View directions

Contact: Misbah Mahmood 

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Items
No. Item

County Councillors John Singleton JP, Sean Serridge, Matthew Tomlinson and Stephen Clarke replaced County Councillors Keith Iddon, Anna Hindle, Jennifer Mein and Sue Hind respectively for this meeting.

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies were received from County Councillors Jenny Purcell and Samara Barnes, and from Daniel Ballard, Roman Catholic Schools.

2.

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.

Minutes:

None.

3.

Minutes of the Meeting held on 25 January 2023 pdf icon PDF 403 KB

To be confirmed and signed by the Chair.

Minutes:

Resolved: That the minutes of the meeting held on 25 January 2023 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

4.

Minutes of the Meeting Held on 22 February 2023 pdf icon PDF 213 KB

To be confirmed and signed by the Chair.

Minutes:

Resolved: That the minutes of the meeting held on 22 February 2023 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

5.

Young People in Education, Employment, or Training pdf icon PDF 247 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed County Councillor Jayne Rear, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Aby Hardy, Head of Education Improvement, Sarah Hirst, 16-19 Education and Skills Lead Education Improvement Service, and Brendan Lee, Head of Service Looked after Children and Leavers, to the meeting.

 

The report provided an update on the work the council was doing to support young people into education, employment, or training (EET) after they had completed their compulsory school education.

 

A presentation was also presented to the committee, a copy of which is attached to the minutes.

 

Comments and queries were raised by the committee as follows:

 

  • The children not in education, employment or training referred to in the report were only the children that were in the county council's area.
  • Virtual schools would appoint an employment advisor to a child starting at age 14. The employment advisor would stay with the child throughout the remainder of their education and would discuss their future options, to ensure the best pathway was in place prior to leaving in year 11.
  • Transport provision for transporting young people to their place of education or work was a concern for the committee. However, it was noted that it was the responsibility of the education provider to provide the transport, but the county council would consult with the education providers to identify which route would be the most appropriate to use.
  • In several areas, including Burnley, Hyndburn, and Pendle, new arrivals to the UK, such as refuges, had increased, with pupils arriving during years 10 or 11. Figures shown in the report in those areas were likely to be affected as there had been less time for them to adjust and take up opportunities for support in their GCSEs. It was highlighted that further assistance and support for these pupils to enrol in colleges was available. Many colleges had offered places for year 11 pupils this year, providing a smoother transition into further education, with the figures for next year reflecting an improvement.
  • The committee requested, if available, statistics on the number of non-binary and trans-gender students in Lancashire to be provided. 
  • In relation to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and allocations from District Councils to support flexible provision to young people, it was noted that the county council was only aware of four areas that were planning to support this priority from their allocations.
  • The committee raised concerns on the number of children missing education due to being trafficked, involved in criminal enterprise or in modern-day slavery. It was noted that the authority had a statutory duty to know about children affected by this characteristic only until the age of 16. It was suggested that the county council should lobby the relevant government departments for supporting children missing in education, to be tracked with financial support until the age of 19 and beyond rather than the current age of 16.

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Work Programme 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 262 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee considered its work programme for 2022/23, including progress relating to the committee's previous recommendations. It was noted that at the next meeting, the committee would receive an update on the Education Strategy.

 

In terms of requests, the committee requested the following topics be added to the work programme:

 

  • Home to School Transport
  • Healthy Smiles and Young Peoples Teeth

 

An updated version of Appendix 'D' of the report, in response to recommendations from the review of Early Intervention – Children's Mental Health that came to the committee in January 23 had been circulated to the committee, a copy of which is attached to the minutes.

 

Resolved: That the Children, Families and Skills Scrutiny Committee Work Programme 2022/23 be noted.

7.

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.

Minutes:

There were no items of Urgent Business.

8.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Children, Families and Skills Scrutiny Committee will be held on Wednesday 10 May 2023at 10.30 am in Committee Room C – The Duke of Lancaster Room, County Hall, Preston.

Minutes:

It was noted that the next meeting of the Children, Families and Skills Scrutiny Committee would be held on Wednesday 10 May 2023 at 10.30 am in Committee Room C – The Duke of Lancaster Room, County Hall, Preston.