People Cabinet Member – Minutes – 30 July 2012
10 (10) REVISION TO THE ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE –The Director of People submitted a report which sought approval of the Statement of Purpose for Adoption in North Lincolnshire.
The Adoption Service was required by The Adoption Agency Regulations 2005 and the National Minimum Standards (Adoption) to have in place a Statement of Purpose that was reviewed on a regular basis and updated as appropriate. The Statement of Purpose was an integral component of the three yearly inspections of the service undertaken by Ofsted, and it was explained that the next inspection of the service was due in 2012.
Following the yearly review of the Statement of Purpose for the adoption service, revisions have been made which ensure they reflected current practice.
Resolved – That the revised Adoption Service Statement of Purpose be approved.
11 (11) INDEPENDENT REVIEWING OFFICERS (IRO) ANNUAL REPORT FOR LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN 2011-2012 – The Director of People submitted a report which sought approval of the annual report of the Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO) service for Looked After Children from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012.
The Government published new regulations and statutory guidance to improve the quality and consistency of care planning, placement and case review for looked after children in March 2010. These regulations and guidance had become the Government’s implementation plan by the Department for Education to see through a revision programme for looked after children.
The IRO Service Annual Report for Looked After Children 2011/12 was attached to the report and took into consideration the new Ofsted inspection framework for child protection.
Resolved – That the Independent Reviewing Officers Service Annual Report for Looked After Children 2011/12 be approved.
12 (12) SCHOOL GOVERNORS – INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNMENT FOR THE ST PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL – The Director of People submitted a report which sought approval of the Instrument of Government to be effective from 1 September 2012 for Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church of England Primary School.
In January 2010 the Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education won a school competition to run a new primary school which would be located on the Lakeside residential development area in Scunthorpe and was scheduled to open in September 2012 as a ‘foundation school with a foundation’.
The proposed Instrument of Government, put forward by the temporary governing body, was provided in Appendix A to the report.
Resolved – That the Instrument of Government be approved and implemented from 1 September 2012.
13 (13) SCHOOL GOVERNORS – INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNMENT FOR THE PRIORY LANE COMMUNITY SCHOOL – The Director of People submitted a report which sought approval of the Instrument of Government to be effective from 1 September 2012 for the Priory Lane Community School.
On 4 July 2012 the decision was taken to amalgamate Priory Lane Infant School and Priory Lane Junior School to create a through primary school with effect from 1 September 2012.
The amalgamation was achieved by expanding the age range of the infant school and closing the junior school. Where school amalgamation was undertaken using this process, the governing body from the ‘expanded school’ remained in place and the governing body of the closing school was dissolved.
As a result of the new primary school arrangement, the infant school governors had requested the school’s name be changed to “The Priory Lane Community School”. In addition, the infant school governors had requested that the governing body’s constitution be increased and reconstituted to allow the opportunity for a number of the junior school governors to become part of the new governing body arrangement.
The Instrument of Government, was shown in appendix 1 to the report and confirmed the proposals regarding the new constitution of the governing body and the proposed name of the new school.
Resolved – That the new Instrument of Government be approved with effect from 1 September 2012.
14 (14) SCHOOL GOVERNORS – EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL – The Director of People submitted a report which sought consideration of an expression of interest for the position of local authority governor on the governing body for Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church of England Primary School.
A temporary governing body had been in place since September 2010. The temporary governing body had taken responsibility for all key decisions in relation to the setting up of the school (eg finance, policy, admissions and staffing), whilst the local authority had overall responsibility for the design and build of the school. It was explained that the current local authority governor from the temporary governing body had been invited to express an interest in the LA governor position.
Resolved – That Mrs J Leedham be appointed as the Authority governor with effect from 1 September 2012.
15 (15) APPROVAL OF HOME TO SCHOOL TRANSPORT POLICY – The Director of People submitted a report to update the cabinet member on the outcome of the consultation process and sought approval to implement the revised policy.
The proposed changes provided greater clarity and ensured the wording of the document reflected how the actual policy was implemented.
The revised policy was attached as appendix 1 to the report.
Resolved – That the revised Home to School Transport policy be approved and implemented as from 1 September 2012.