Meeting Details

Education, Communities and Organisational Development
31 Mar 2021 - 09:30 to 12:45
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Documents

Agenda

Public Items
1. Sederunt
2. Declaration of Group Decisions and Members Interests *
2.

In terms of Standing Order 20 and the Councillors' Code of Conduct, there were no declarations from Group Leaders of Spokespersons in regard to any prior decisions taken on how Members will vote on any item on the agenda or any declarations of Member's interests in respect of any item of the agenda.

 

3. Resolution

Consider, and if so decide, adopt the following resolution:

"That under Section 50A (4) and (5) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, as amended, the public and media representatives be excluded from the meeting for Items 13 and 14 of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information of the class described in the relevant Paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Act.”

 

3.

The meeting resolved in terms of Section 50A (4) and (5) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, as amended, the public and media representatives be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the items of business appearing at the relevant paragraphs of this minute as specified below, so as to avoid disclosure of exempt information of the class described in the appropriate paragraphs of Part 1 Schedule 7a of the Act.

 

Para Number

of the Minute

  Para Number of Schedule 7a
 13  

 1 and 11

Information relating to staffing matters

Information relating to any consultations or negotiations in connection with any labour relations.

     
 14  

9

Information on terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the Authority.

     

4.

The minute of the meeting of Education, Communities and Organisational Development Committee of 3 February 2021 was submitted and approved.

 

5. Written Questions **
5.
The Committee noted that no written questions had been submitted.

Report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development)

 

6.

A report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development) updated the Committee on the Interim Secodary School Attainment 2019/20 report from the meeting of 18 November 2020 (para 17 of the minute refers).  The report included information from Scottish Qualifications Authority Senior Phase National Qualifications results generated from submitted estimates during the first national lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Following consideration, the Committee agreed to:

 

i) note the leaver attainment information of young people in Moray, with specific regard to the National Measures for leavers published on Insight in February 2021; and
   
ii) notes the actions for improvement arising from the 2019/20 attainment performance.

Report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development)

 

7.

A report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development) informed the Committee of projects and proposed expenditure for Capital Budgets with Education Resources and Communities and Education for 2020/21.

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed to note the contents of the report.

 

Report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development)

 

8.

A report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development) informed the Committee of the demand for early learning and childcare provision in the Speyside, Buckie and Elgin Academy Associated School Group areas.

 

Following consideration, the Committee agreed:

 

i) to note the pressure for early learning and childcare places in the Speyside, Buckie and Elgin Academy Associated School Group areas;
   
ii) to note the actions taken by Officers and our partners to meet this demand; and
   
iii) that further reports will be submitted to this Committee in relation to the specific plans to address the demand for early learning childcare places.

Report by Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development)

 

9.

A report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development) asked Committee to consider how locality planning can contribute to social recovery in Moray, taking account of the strategic aims set out in the Moray Council corporate Plan and the Strategic Framework for Recovery and Renewal in Moray, the learning from the pilot Community Planning Partnership (CPP) Locality Plans, and the strengthening of Community Anchor Organisations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed:

 

i) to note the emerging data on the impact of Covid-19 nationally and on the people of Moray and the updated outcome statistics for communities in Moray;
   
ii) to identify Forres, Lossiemouth and Keith as the communities for priority action in the next phase of locality planning work led by the local authority, while continuing to support existing partnership locality plan work in Elgin and Buckie;
   
iii)  that engagement work is developed using the approach set out in Appendix 1, working in partnership with community Anchor Organisations to enhance and accelerate the work where possible, leading to production of community/locality plans for our communities; and
   
iv) to note the approach to locality planning set out in this report will support the development of a corporate action plan for social recovery and renewal by facilitating the identification of cross-cutting themes from communities across Moray.

 

Councillor Ross was absent for a short while during the discussion of this item.

 


Report by Chief Officer, Health and Social Care

 

10.

A report by the Chief Officer, Health and Social Care informed the Committee that as an outcome of a parental complaint made to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO), which was upheld, the actions required of the authority, have concluded.

 

Following consideration, the Committee agreed to note:

 

i) the revised policies for transitions and for continuing care were approved at Education, Communities and Organisational Development Committee on 3 February 2021 (para 19 and 20 of the minute refers);
   
ii) throughout March 2021 there have been briefing sessions for staff; and
   
 iii) the SPSO have acknowledged completion of all actions.

Report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development)

 

11.

A report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development) asked the Committee to consider the Model Complaints Handling Procedure for implementation by 1 April 2021.

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed to approve the revised Model Complaints Handling Procedure (Appendix 1).

12. Question Time ***

Consider any oral question on matters delegated to the Committee in terms of the Council's Scheme of Administration. 

 

12.

Councillor Eagle sought clarification on whether all partner nurseries were being provided with lateral flow tests as he had received concerns that some nurseries had still not received any.

 

In response the Senior Project Manager (ELC) confirmed that the supply of Lateral Flow Tests had been distributed on a phased basis.

 

Phase 1 were all local authority nurseries and those private nurseries in Council primary schools.  Phase 2 were all private and third sector nurseries.  He further added that all nurseries had now received lateral flow tests.

 

Councillor Ross sought clarification on whether face to face teaching from S1 and S2 pupils will recommence after the Easter holidays.

 

In response, the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development) confirmed that an announcement by the Scottish Government on social distancing in schools was due on 6 April 2021 so no confirmation could be given until after the announcement.

 

Councillor Allan requested an update on access to the new Lossiemouth High School for the community groups who currently use the old building.

 

In response, the Head of Education Resources and Communities confirmed that work is ongoing to identify the spaces available for the groups who currently use the facilities however, access cannot be given until after the restrictions have been lifted which is anticipated to be the end of April.

Item(s) which the Committee may wish to consider with the Press and Public excluded

 

Chair of Meeting
1.

The meeting was chaired by Councillor Aaron McLean.

 

Private Items
13. Living Wage Consolidation [Para 1 and 11]
  • Information relating to staffing matters;
  • Information relating to any consultations or negotiations in connection with any labour relations;
  1. Living Wage Consolidation - Appendix 1
    • Information relating to staffing matters;
    • Information relating to any consultations or negotiations in connection with any labour relations;
  2. Living Wage Consolidation - Appendix 2
    • Information relating to staffing matters;
    • Information relating to any consultations or negotiations in connection with any labour relations;
14. Early Learning and Childcare - Proposed Lease and Rental Arrangements [Para 9]
  • Information on terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the Authority;
  1. Early Learning and Childcare - Proposed Lease and Rental Arrangements - Appendix 1
    • Information on terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the Authority;
  2. Early Learning and Childcare - Proposed Lease and Rental Arrangements - Appendix 2
    • Information on terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the Authority;
  3. Early Learning and Childcare - Proposed Lease and Rental Arrangements - Appendix 3
    • Information on terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the Authority;
  4. Early Learning and Childcare - Proposed Lease and Rental Arrangements - Appendix 4
    • Information on terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the Authority;

Additional Meeting Documents

  1. Additional Document - Education Nurseries - Main Lease Terms
    • Information on terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the Authority;
  2. Additional Document - Education Nurseries -Services Schedule
    • Information on terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the Authority;
  3. Additional Document - ELC Financial Sustainable Workstream Group Terms of Reference
    • Information on terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the Authority;

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
No declarations of interest have been entered for this meeting.

Visitors

Also in attendance at the above meeting were the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development), Chief Officer, Health and Social Care, Head of Governance, Strategy and Performance, Chief Financial Officer, Head of Education, Head of Education Resources and Communities, Acting Head of Housing and Property, Corporate Parenting and Commissioning Manager, Robin Paterson, Senior Project Manager, Community Support Manager and Tracey Sutherland, Committee Services Officer.

 

Also present for Items 1 - 8 were Susan Slater, Secondary Teacher Representative, Anne Currie, Religious Representative and Nicola Belcher, Parent Representative.

 

Councillor Leadbitter was also present in an ex-offcio role.

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