Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

2.

Public Open Forum.

Select Committee Public Open Forum ~ Guidance

 

Our Select Committee meetings are live streamed and a link to the live stream will be available on the meeting page of the Monmouthshire County Council website

 

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·      Please submit a written representation (via Microsoft Word, maximum of 500 words)

 

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The deadline for submitting representations to the Council is 5pm three clear working days in advance of the meeting.

 

If representations received exceed 30 minutes, a selection of these based on theme will be shared at the Select Committee meeting.  All representations received will be made available to councillors prior to the meeting.


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Minutes:

No public submissions were received.

 

3.

EAS Business Plan

To scrutinise the EAS Business Plan.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ed Pryce presented the report and answered the members’ questions.

 

Challenge:

In the Spring, the Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education are expected to agree syllabi to start in September 2022. Our SACRE meeting is scheduled for 9th March – do we need another meeting in February? What’s happened with the publication of the guidance – this was expected in January?

We facilitate SACRE, on behalf of its members. I will pass on your concerns about the 9th March meeting to my colleague, James Kent, and ask him to respond to you and the other members directly.

 

Chair’s Summary:

Thank you for this comprehensive report and presentation. It has been particularly helpful to hear about strategic plans and regional partnerships, and the more high-level discussion. It is good to hear that it is a self-improving system, and for there to be cross-fertilisation from other authorities. Schools will especially appreciate the support of a school improvement partner following the very difficult circumstances wrought by the pandemic. ‘Agile, timely and responsive’ actions will help schools. The committee is happy with the report and EAS’s plan.

 

4.

Additional Learning Needs Funding Formula for schools pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To consult the Select Committee on the changes to the funding formula.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Nicola Wellington presented the report and answered the members’ questions.

 

Challenge:

Could there be a further explanation of the difference between the two models? Which will be the better option?

The two models are very similar in what they propose. If we were to go for funding with a higher amount on pupil numbers, then schools with larger pupil numbers would gain more, whereas if we were to go for the 70% funding then they would have slightly less. The working group didn’t have a preference with these models but felt that both should be put out for schools to consider, and are committed to the principles of pupil numbers and additional learning needs, rather than any other driver for the formula.

Anonymity in the table of responses is understandable, but can anything be drawn from looking at the responses from schools – is there a link to the size of the schools and their responses, or a delineation between secondary and primary school responses?

Looking at pupil numbers, some headteachers might be able to work out which school is theirs. Our comprehensive schools have larger pupil numbers so with these two models we will see that the secondary schools will gain funding, and smaller primary schools will lose funding. Where schools have high levels of statements, and school action plus statements in place, then moving away from higher funding for ALN and doing it on pupil numbers and additional learning needs, schools will lose. This is why they were very clear that they want that transitional funding in place, to allow schools to move from the old model to the new (this will be in place for up to 3 years), and to minimise the disruption in terms of funding, staffing and – most importantly – support for those pupils.

Is it still the case that if a school has more pupils in special needs than others then they will get more funding, and if a child moves schools the funding goes with them?

In terms of the new model, the proposal is that the funding will remain in place for the whole of the financial year, which will give the schools the flexibility to plan the funding and staffing for that financial year. If a pupil leaves, to go to another school, the funding will not move. Under the old system the funding would have moved, resulting in the member of staff supporting that child being made redundant, in most cases. However, if a family with a child with additional learning needs moves into the county, the council will be able to provide funding on a one-off basis, to provide support for the first financial year, but following that, the child would be on roll at the school properly and attract funding under this new system.

Has there been any feedback on a 75% and 25% funding split? What effect would that have?

This was discussed at the working group; they preferred the 70/30 or 80/20 versions, which  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Children and Young People Select Forward Work Programme pdf icon PDF 504 KB

Minutes:

Note the 2pm start for the Special meeting on 31st January. The 3rd March date will remain in place.

 

6.

Cabinet and Council Work Planner pdf icon PDF 258 KB

7.

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 365 KB

Minutes:

The minutes were confirmed and signed as an accurate record, moved by Councillor Groucott and seconded by Councillor Powell.

 

8.

To confirm the date and time of the next meeting

·         Special Meeting – 31st January 2022 at 2.00pm

·         Next Meeting - 3rd March 2022 at 10.00am

Minutes:

·         Special Meeting – 31st January 2022 at 2.00pm

·         Next Meeting – 3rd March 2022 at 10.00am