Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel – 11 October 2010

PRESENT: Councillor Wilson in the chair.

Councillors Mrs Bromby, Cawsey, C Sherwood, Simpson, P Vickers and Whiteley.

Statutory Co-opted Members: Mr N Craven and Mrs A Dunkerley (Parent Governor Representatives) and Mr W Egan (Church Representatives).

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

167 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations of personal or personal and prejudicial interests.

No whip was declared.

168 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – There were no public requests received.

169 CHILDREN’S TRUST SUMMARY PERFORMANCE REPORT – QUARTER 1, 2010-11 – The chair welcomed Susan Twemlow – Assistant Director Children’s Services to the meeting to discuss the quarter 1 performance report for Children’s Services.

Members were referred to the priority indicators that were ‘off track by exception’ under the two headings of ‘Sustainable Community Strategy including Statutory National Indicators, and Local Area Agreement Indicators’. Susan explained that the reason for information not being up to date was due to the fact that many of the figures were based around Standard Assessment Tests (SATS) figures and as many schools opted out of taking them, it was not currently possible to report on them. However she did inform the panel that mechanisms were in place to evaluate results and the direction of travel relating to these indicators was looking positive.

Susan provided further information on the exception reports in particular the challenges faced with other indicators including NI73, NI92, NI12, and NI117. Members engaged in further discussion with the officer on these specific indicators and Susan also explained that there were 108 indicators that Children’s services had to work towards and that these were not currently reported to Scrutiny. It was suggested that a presentation be provided at a future meeting of this panel on the Performance Framework currently used in Children’s Services.

Resolved – (a) That the information be noted, (b) that Susan Twemlow be thanked for her attendance and for answering members’ questions, and (c) that a presentation on the 108 indicators fro Children’s Services be provided at a future meeting.

170 FUTURE WORK PROGRAMME – The panel held discussion on the future work programme for the panel. The Service Director Legal and Democratic Service indicated that there were still a number of outstanding action plans from previous scrutiny reports that required a re-visit by this panel. Members were issued with and discussed a list of relevant reports.

Resolved – That the panel re-visit outstanding action plans commencing with ‘The Review of Support for More Able Pupils’.

171 (11) LEADER OF THE COUNCIL’S FORWARD PLAN – OCTOBER 2010 TO JANUARY 2011– The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council’s Forward plan for October 2010 TO January 2011.

The plan contained details of all matters and issues likely to be subject of key decisions for a period of the next four months, updated on a monthly basis. Members discussed various items on the Forward Plan.

Resolved – That the Leader of the Council’s Forward Plan for October 2010 to January 2011 be noted.

172  ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for discussion at this meeting.