Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Board
Tuesday, 14th March, 2017 6.00 pm

Venue: Crompton Suite, Civic Centre, Oldham, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL. View directions

Contact: Lori Hughes 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies For Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Goodwin.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To Receive Declarations of Interest in any Contract or matter to be discussed at the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest received.

3.

Urgent Business

Urgent business, if any, introduced by the Chair

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business received.

4.

Public Question Time

To receive Questions from the Public, in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.

Minutes:

There were no public questions received.

5.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 185 KB

The Minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Meeting held on 17th January 2017 are attached for approval.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Board held on 17th January 2017 be approved as a correct record.

6.

Minutes of the Joint GMCA and AGMA Scrutiny Pool Meetings pdf icon PDF 201 KB

The minutes of the Joint GMCA and AGMA Scrutiny Pool meetings held on 9th December 2016 and 13th January 2017 are attached.  The Board is requested to note the minutes.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Joint GMCA and AGMA Scrutiny Pool meetings held on 9th December 2016 and 13th January 2017 be noted.

7.

Minutes of the Health Scrutiny Sub-Committee Meetings pdf icon PDF 183 KB

The minutes of the Health Scrutiny Sub-Committee meetings held on 8th November 2016 and 10th January 2017 are attached.  The Board is requested to note the minutes.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Health Scrutiny Sub-Committee meeting held on 8th November 2016 be noted.

8.

Report on the Work of the Virtual School pdf icon PDF 233 KB

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Headteacher of the Virtual School which provided information on the current work of the Oldham Virtual School and included the role and purpose of the Virtual School and the year on year comparison of results of Looked After Children.

 

The role of the Virtual School Headteacher was “about championing the educational needs of the children looked after by the authority, monitoring and tracking their educational progress as if, in fact, they all attended a single school”.  Local authorities had a duty under the Children Act 1989 to safeguard and promote the welfare of a child looked after by them.  In 2012, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers recommended making the Virtual School Headteacher post statutory and this was included in the Children and Families Bill in 2013.

 

The key responsibilities for the work of the Oldham Virtual School were outlined in the report.  The report highlighted that the Virtual School ensured that schools, social care professionals and corporate parents worked together to champion the educational needs of Looked After Children.  The Oldham Virtual School headteacher was supported by a Life Chances Team.  The Corporate Parenting Panel and Children’s Assurance Group received regular reports and supported the development of the Virtual School.

 

The report also highlighted:

 

·       Personal Education Plans and the new Oldham ePEP;

·       Pupil Premium Plus;

·       Changes to the Virtual School Approach from April 2017 onwards;

·       Current Looked After Children Cohort Performance;

·       Key Stage 2 Pupil Performance 2016; and

·       Key Stage 4 Pupil Performance 2016.

 

Members sought and received clarification on the number of pupils attending schools outside the borough and the financial implications.  Members were informed the pupils remained the authority’s pupils, there were no cost implications if attending another authority’s schools, but costs were incurred at some residential or special schools. Every effort was made to bring students back within the borough. However, in some cases there were particular reasons for the students to be at a distance.

 

Members sought clarification on the 20% increase and asked what could be done to be judged good or better.  Members were informed that a new online Personal Education Plan (ePEP) would be launched shortly and every PEP would be subject to quality assurance.  In the quality assurance exercise, 6