Agenda

Family and Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 6th January, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Meeting Space - Block 1, Floor 2 - County Hall. View directions

Contact: Lesley Little 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 289 KB

The minutes of the Family and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Meeting held on Thursday 4 November 2021 and Thursday 2 December 2021, as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record and be signed by the Chair.

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3.

DISCLOSURE OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS

Unless already entered in the Council’s Register of Members’ interests, members are required to disclose any personal interest (which includes any disclosable pecuniary interest) they may have in any of the items included on the agenda for the meeting in accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council on 4 July 2012, and are reminded that if they have any personal interests of a prejudicial nature (as defined under paragraph 17 of the Code Conduct) they must not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must leave the room. NB Any member needing clarification must contact the monitoring officer by email at monitoringofficer@northumberland.gov.uk. Please refer to the guidance on disclosures at the rear of this agenda letter.

 

4.

FORWARD PLAN OF KEY DECISIONS pdf icon PDF 164 KB

To note the latest Forward Plan of key decisions for January to April 2022. Any further changes made to the Forward Plan will be reported to the committee.

5.

OUTCOMES OF CONSULTATION ON PROPOSAL TO AMALGAMATE SEATON SLUICE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND WHYTRIG MIDDLE SCHOOL pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The report sets out the outcomes of informal consultation on a proposal to amalgamate Seaton Sluice Middle School and Whytrig Middle School on the current Whytrig and Astley Community High School site in Seaton Delaval or alternative site.  This consultation has arisen as a result of a request from the Governing Body of the Seaton Valley Federation to the Council following their identification of significant educational and financial benefits for all students within the Seaton Valley Federation that could arise from the two middle schools amalgamating on one site with Astley High School in the planned new buildings already approved for Whytrig and Astley   Any comments made by this Committee will be reported to Cabinet on 11 January 2022.

 

6.

OUTCOME OF CONSULTATION ON PROPOSALS FOR ATKINSON HOUSE pdf icon PDF 919 KB

This report sets out the outcomes of informal consultation on a proposal to relocate Atkinson House Special School to a former school site in Ponteland and to change the designation of the school to become co-educational. This consultation has arisen as a result of the need to provide additional places for young people, including girls, in Northumberland with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH) in September 2022 as a result of the steady upward trend in the demand for special school places in the county and nationally over the last ten years.  Cabinet is now asked to permit the publication of a statutory proposal in line with the requirements of The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013 following the outcomes of informal consultation.  Comments made by this Committee will be reported to Cabinet on 11 January 2022.

 

7.

NATIONAL FUNDING FORMULA AND 2022/23 SCHOOLS FUNDING pdf icon PDF 687 KB

The report provides an update to Cabinet regarding the National Funding Formula (NFF) and the implications for 2022/23 School Funding in Northumberland.  Any comments made by this Committee will be reported to Cabinet on 11 January 2022.

 

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8.

FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME AND MONITORING REPORT 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 273 KB

Members are asked to review and note the Family and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme and Monitoring Report.

 

9.

URGENT BUSINESS