Webcasting - Moray Council

Meeting Details

Children and Young People's Services Committee
30 Oct 2019 - 09:30 to 12:45
Occurred

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 or 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 on the agenda.

3.

Councillor Creswell requested that paragraph 3 of the minute be amended to reflect that the video highlighted the benefits of the school saving scheme.

 

The minute of the meeting of the Children and Young People’s Committee dated 28 August 2019 was submitted and approved subject to the change noted above.

 

 

4. Written Questions **
4.

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) provided an update to Committee on grant funding offered to Early Learning and Childcare partner providers to enable them to prepare for the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC).

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed to:

i)    grant delegated authority to the Head of Education to authorise payments from indicative grant funding for 2019/20 of £200,000 to funded providers, for infrastructure, training and development, with payments:
     
  a) being made on a priority basis determined by Head of Education
  b) subject to an agreed list of conditions, in consultation with Legal Services; and
  c) being reported periodically to the Children and Young People's Services Committee
     
ii) approve the addition of a 'small grant' criterion within the overall infrastructure grant scheme to enable partners to make small adjustments to their settings, or purchase the necessary equipment, to be ready for August 2020.

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 the success in securing funding to provide capacity within Education to support work to tackle poverty and the cost of the school day.

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed to:

 

i)  welcomes the success of this bid to add capacity with the appointment of two project workers; and
   
ii) approves the formation of an Education Poverty Steering Group, led by the Education Officer (Pastoral Care) to take the child poverty agenda forward in Education over the next two years.
   

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 introduction of funding by the Scottish Government for access to counselling services through schools.

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed to:

 

i) note the content of this report; and
   
ii) agrees to a further report with detailed plans of how this will operate across Moray.

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

 

9.

A report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development) updated the Committee on progress to date with the Northern Alliance Phase 2 Regional Improvement Plan and outlined the priorities which are to be taken forward in the Phase 3 Regional Improvement Plan.

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed to:

 

i) note the progress made in the Phase 2 plan; and
   
ii) endorse the Northern Alliance Phase 3 Regional Improvement Plan.
   

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

 

10.

A report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisation Development) updated Committee on the attainment of secondary schools in Moray for session 2018/19.

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed to:

 

i) note the position in respect of attainment of the young people in Moray;
   
ii) note that as a result of attainment meetings, Head Teachers and central officers will agree actions for improvement; and
   
iii) note that a follow up meeting of this Committee will take place in April 2020, when the performance of individual schools will be scrutinised along with the school actions for improvement.

 

Councillor Brown left the meeting during the discussion of this item.

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

 

11.

A report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development) informed the Committee of projects and proposed expenditure for Capital Budgets within Education and Social Care for 2019/20.

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed to:

 

i) note the Education and Social Care Capital Budgets to 31 August 2019; 
   
ii) note the financial challenges that lie ahead in terms of developing a Capital Programme of Works for schools for 2021/22;
   
iii) an update of costs relating to Linkwood Primary and a re-profiling of Early Learning Childcare Capital Projects will be provided to this Committee on 18 December 2019; and
   
iv) note that the estimated savings from the closure of Auchernack is projected to reduce from £27k to £13.5k due to delays in completing office works at Forres House.

 

Prior to continuing with the agenda, the Chair sought the agreement of the Committee to suspend Standing order 75 to allow the meeting to continue beyond 12.45pm.  This was unanimously agreed.

 

 


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

 

12.

A report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development) informed Committee of the budget position for Education and Children and Families Services as at 31 August 2019.

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed to note the budget position of 31 August 2019.

 

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

 

14.

A report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development) informed the Committee of the Criminal Justice Social Work (CJSW) team and the preparations for the potential impact arising from the Presumption Against Short Sentences (PASS).

 

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

 

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

 

15.

A report by the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development) advised Committee on the annual National Improvement Plan which is submitted to the Scottish Government.

 

During the discussion of the report Councillor McLean moved adjourning the meeting for lunch and to reconvene at 2pm to allow a proper discussion of the item to take place, this was seconded by Councillor Morrison.

 

Several Councillors, Officers and Lay Members indicated that they had other meetings at 2pm and would rather continue with the meeting.

 

Councillor Ross proposed adjourning the meeting to another day when officers and Councillors would be available, this was seconded by Mrs Slater.

 

On the division there voted:

 

For the Motion (4) Councillors McLean, Morrison, Bremner and Coy
   
For the Amendment (9) Councillor Ross, Mrs Slater, Councillors Allan, Creswell, Eagle, Feaver, Warren, Reverend Rongong, Ms Stuart
   
Abstentions (1) Mr Morrison

 

Thereafter the amendment became the finding of the meeting and the meeting was adjourned to a date to be determined to allow Councillors and Officers to attend.

 

POST MEETING: The reconvened meeting was scheduled for 2pm on 5 November 2019.


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

 

17. Question Time ***

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

 

Only items marked * can be considered and determined by all members of the Committee

 

Summary of Children and Young People's Services Committee functions:

To exercise all the functions of the Council as Education Authority within the terms of relevant legislation with regard to school education, nurseries and child care, Gaelic, children’s services, leisure, libraries and museums, sport and the arts, CLD, life long learning, youth justice and child protection.

 

 

 

 

Chair
1.

The meeting was chaired by Councillor Sonya Warren.

 

Private Items

Supplementary Agenda

Public Items

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

 

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

 

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

 

Private Items

Meeting Documents

There are no separate meeting documents but there may be meeting documents assigned to the Agenda.

Declarations of Interests

Visitors

Also in attendance at the above meeting were the Depute Chief Executive (Education, Communities and Organisational Development), Head of Education, Joint Acting Heads of Integrated Children's Services, Transformation Officer, Senior Project Manager, Education Support Officer (Pastoral Care), Head Teacher Elgin Academy, Head Teacher Speyside High School, Karen Lees and Stewart McLaughlin, Quality Improvement Officers, Active Schools and Sports Development Manager, Design Manager, Criminal Justice Service Manager and Tracey Sutherland, Committee Services Officer.

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