Corporate Services and Children’s Services Cabinet Member – Minutes – 25 February 2011

The following item contains exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

2 (2) ADDITIONAL ADJUSTMENTS TO THE LEARNING AND IMPROVEMENT SERVICE STRUCTURE APRIL 2011 – The Service Director Children’s Services submitted a report seeking approval to reverse the decision to delete two posts to deliver services to schools, funded by grant income and Service Level Agreements, to create up to four new posts funded by School Service Level Agreements and for the paper to be taken as an urgent decision due to the short timescale in which appointments could be made to maximise redeployment opportunities.

The Learning and Improvement Service would be restructured with effect from April 2011 in order to meet the requirements of the Education Bill and to address reductions in funding. In order to meet the reductions in funding, notice had been served on 23 staff with effect from 31 March 2011

Finance had been identified from schools funding to pay for two posts that had been served notice but needed to be un-deleted to continue an important function within the service. Primary schools had expressed an interest in the purchase of teaching and learning consultants via a two-year service level agreement. The number of consultants needed to deliver the agreement would not be known until the end of February when the agreements were returned.

The proposals had been viewed and commented on by Unison, NUT and GMB trade unions and all comments had been taken into consideration.

Resolved – (a) That the reversal of the decision to delete the two posts outlined in the report be approved, and (b) that subject to guaranteed funding from schools, establishing up to a maximum of four, two-year fixed term contracts be approved.

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