People Scrutiny Panel – 3 January 2017

Chairman:  Councillor Marper
Venue:  Function Room 1, Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe
Time:1 pm


1.  Substitutions.

2.  Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests and declarations of whipping arrangements (if any).

3.  Public speaking requests (if any)

4.  Annual Education Report 2016.

4.1        Discussion with the Assistant Director: Education
4.2       Next stages (if any)

5.  Added Item (if any).

6.  Any other items, which the chairman decides are urgent, by reasons of special circumstances, which must be specified.


PRESENT: –  Councillor Marper in the Chair.

Councillors Collinson (Vice-Chair), Bainbridge, Clark, and Glover.

Statutory Co-opted Members: Mr W Egan and Mr P Thompson (Church Representatives) and Mr S Milner (Parent Governor Representative).

Councillor Godfrey also attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

395     DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS, AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – Cllr Collinson declared a personal interest as a close family member worked within the People Directorate.

No whip was declared.

396     PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK– There were no requests received.

397     (3)  ANNUAL EDUCATION REPORT 2016 – The Chairman welcomed Pete Thorpe, Assistant Director: Education, to the meeting.  Pete had been invited to give a presentation on the Annual Education Report 2016, which provided a synopsis of education standards in North Lincolnshire.  The presentation covered a number of topics, highlighting that North Lincolnshire was performing amongst the best local authority areas for attendance and inclusion, the quality of provision, and learning outcomes.

Pete gave a comprehensive presentation, outlining priorities, successes and areas for further work.  The Chairman then led a discussion on a number of related issues, asking questions on issues such as permanent exclusion rates, the removal of children during term-time, and teacher recruitment. Throughout, the panel challenged the Assistant Director on how effectively the local area was improving outcomes for the children and young people of North Lincolnshire.

Resolved – (a) That Pete Thorpe be thanked for his attendance, presentation, and for answering members’ questions, and (b) that the contents of the Annual Education Report 2016 be noted.

398  ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.