Children’s Services Cabinet Member – minutes – 25 September 2009
125 (7) APPOINTMENT OF LOCAL AUTHORITY SCHOOL GOVERNORS – The Service Director Children and Young People (Director of Children’s Services) submitted a report seeking approval of the appointment of Local Education Authority (LEA) School Governors.
Resolved – That the following persons be appointed as LEA School Governors on the schools listed, subject to the relevant CRB checks:
|Bottesford Infant||Mrs S M Lewis-Shores|
|Haxey CE Primary||Mrs J Spry|
|Luddington and Garthorpe Primary||Mrs L K Lumley|
|St Hugh’s Communication and Interaction College||Mr D T Barker|
|Worlaby Primary||Mr P Baynes-Clark|
126< (8) APPOINTMENT OF ADDITIONAL GOVERNORS – The Service Director Children and Young People (Director of Children’s Services) submitted a report considering the appointment of two additional governors to Epworth Primary School governing body.
Following an Ofsted inspection at Epworth Primary School it was anticipated the school would be judged to have a notice to improve as a result of a judgement of unsatisfactory in the category of Safeguarding.
It was proposed to appoint two additional governors to the governing body. The governors would help to support the current governing body in securing the improvement of safeguarding. The additional governors had been identified as suitable and experienced to assist in bringing about rapid improvement to Epworth Primary School.
Resolved – That the following persons be appointed to the position of additional governor to Epworth Primary School governing body, subject to the relevant CRB clearance:
Mr J W Garbutt
Cllr B Briggs
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127< (9) REDUCTION OF STAFFING LEVELS IN THE SEN TEACHING TEAM (SENTT), PART OF THE EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND SPECIALIST TEACHING TEAMS WITHIN LEARNING SERVICES – The Service Director Children and Young People (Director of Children’s Services) submitted a report seeking approval for the reduction and reallocation of teaching posts within the SEN Teaching team.
SENTT delivered specialist individual and small group tuition to children and young people who attended North Lincolnshire maintained schools and who experienced special educational needs in the form of a general or specific learning difficulty, including dyslexia. The teachers worked within the SEN Code of Practice at ‘school action plus’ and with children and young people with a Statement of SEN. They could also: assess the needs of children and young people; monitor the progress of pupils they are involved with; and provide advice and training for school staff, especially Teaching Assistants and parents.
SENTT was funded by Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with individual North Lincolnshire maintained schools. The SLA pricing arrangement was an hourly rate for actual time delivered in schools. In addition, some schools that were not in an SLA with SENTT purchased one-off specialist assessments, usually focused around dyslexia, and assessments and reports for special exam arrangements.
The numbers of schools signing up to an SLA with SENTT had fallen steadily each year for several years. Until the start of this financial year the fall in demand had matched the number of SENTT teachers wishing to move to another post, reduce their hours or retire.
The SLA take-up for Autumn Term 2009 and the Spring Term 2010 was 45% of the available teacher time. The service would therefore run with staffing capacity over the number of teachers that could be funded by the projected income. Therefore it was proposed that two FTE teacher posts be reduced by 31 December 2009.
Resolved – (a) That the reduction and reallocation of two FTE teaching posts in SENNT, as outlined in the report, be endorsed, and (b) that the report be referred to the Corporate Services Cabinet Member for approval.
128 (10) REGRADING OF EDUCATION WELFARE SERVICE CLERICAL SUPPORT OFFICER – The Service Director Children and Young People (Director of Children’s Services) submitted a report seeking approval for the regrading of the post of Education Welfare Service Clerical Support Officer.
The role of the Clerical Support Officer within the Education Welfare Service had changed and developed in order to meet the changing demands placed on the service. The post supported the work of the Education Welfare Service in undertaking its legal duties on behalf of the council.
New demands on the administrative function included the Education Welfare Services delivery of National Strategies plans including the reduction of persistent absenteeism across the authority and the legal duties relating to this work.
Resolved – (a) That the regrade of the post of Education Welfare Service Clerical Support Officer, as set out in the report, be endorsed, and (b) that the report be forwarded to the Corporate Services Cabinet Member for approval.
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