Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 19 September 2017
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Jeff Leaver (Chairman) - Lochar
Ros Surtees (Vice Chairman) - Stranraer and the Rhins
Ian Blake - Abbey
Richard Brodie - Annandale South
John Campbell - Nith
Karen Carruthers - Annandale East and Eskdale
John Charteris - Lochar
Rob Davidson - Abbey
Jim H Dempster - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Andrew Giusti - Stranraer and the Rhins
Katie Hagmann - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Ivor A Hyslop - Lochar
David Inglis - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Tracey Little - Lochar
Jim McColm - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
David J McKie - North West Dumfries
Ronnie Nicholson - North West Dumfries
Davie Stitt - Abbey
Ronnie Tait - Annandale East and Eskdale
Adam Wilson - Annandale North
Robert McQuistan - Church Representative
Rev William R McFadden - Church Representative
George Jamieson - Parent Council Representative (Secondary)
Mel McGill - Parent Council Representative (Primary)
Robert Fritchley-Simpson - Secondary Teacher Representative
Julie Irving - Primary Teacher Representative
Officials:
Colin Grant - Director Children Young People & Lifelong Learning
Gillian Brydson - Head of Education
Liz Baxter - Manager Strategic Planning & Service Review
Jim McCarron - Finance Officer
Claire Renton - Strategic Lead for Physical Learning Environments
Larann Foss - Education Officer School Estate & ICT
Colin Pentland - Finance Officer
Mark Molloy - Manager Young People
Lesley Sloan - Curriculum Support Officer
Nick Evans - Democratic Services Manager
Apologies:
Gail Macgregor - Annandale North
Jeanette Wilson - Church Representative
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

26 Members present, 2 apologies

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 29 JUNE 2017 - FOR APPROVAL

Decision

 

3.1 NOTED that the Dumfries and Galloway Education Authority Response to the Scottish Government Consultation - Fair Funding to Achieve Excellence and Equity in Education would be circulated in a briefing following the agreement of the COSLA response by Leaders. Furthermore, issues related to the Governance of Schools will be included in the Members Induction arranged for 2 November 2017; and

 

3.2 APPROVED the minute.

4 EARLY LEARNING AND CHILDCARE PLANNING FOR THE EXPANSION TOWARDS 1140 HOURS BY 2020/21 - UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2017 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Decision

 

AGREED

 

4.1 that the Service Delivery Plan for the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare would be based on phasing and would take the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation Cluster approach (option 2 sections 3.4 and 3.5 of the report);

 

4.2 to an increase of the hourly rate from £4.20 to £4.78 for two year olds from beginning of school session 2017 (sections 3.12-3.16 of the report); 

 

4.3 to a full review of the associated support to funded providers (including the hourly rate) by end of January 2018 following full consultation through the Childcare Partnership; and 

 

4.4 NOTED that all options for expansion of Early Learning and Childcare provision would require Scottish Government funding to be cost neutral.

5 EDUCATION GOVERNANCE : AUTHORITY ANNUAL PLAN 2017 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Decision

 

5.1 NOTED the Education Authority Annual Plan as required by the Standards in Scotland’s Schools Act 2000 (as amended by section 4 of the Education (Scotland) Act 2016); and

 

5.2 AGREED that the Education Authority Annual Plan formed the Year 1 actions for Education Services’ contribution to the Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Business Plan.

6 CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING SERVICES BUDGET 2017/18 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Decision

 

REVIEWED and AGREED the Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning budget 2017/18.

 

MEMBER - Richard Brodie left the meeting - 25 Members present

7 CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING SERVICES - REVENUE BUDGET MONITORING REPORT 2017/18 - FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 JULY 2017 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Decision

 

NOTED

 

7.1 that based on the position as at the end of July 2017, Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning (CYPLL) Services were projected to breakeven against the 2017/18 agreed budget;

 

7.2 that CYPLL Management Team were currently progressing a range of measures to ensure the avoidance of any budget overspend in the current financial year;

 

7.3 progress against the delivery of the agreed savings applied to the 2017/18 CYPLL Services budget; and

 

7.4 progress against the delivery of the agreed Policy Development allocations applied to the 2017/18 CYPLL Services budget.

8 DIRECTOR’S END OF YEAR ASSESSMENT OF THE CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING DIRECTORATE BUSINESS PLAN PERFORMANCE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Decision

 

8.1 REVIEWED the overall summary of performance for Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning; 

 

NOTED

 

8.2 examples of good performance; 

 

8.3 the Attainment Summary 2016/2017;

 

8.4 the performance summary for Lifelong Learning and Wellbeing; and 

 

8.5 SCRUTINISED the exception reporting and considered whether the actions proposed were adequate to improve performance and future monitoring of areas which have not met the target.

9 SCOTLANDS YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE 2018 - DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY PLAN - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Decision

 

9.1 AGREED the draft Dumfries and Galloway plan for Year of Young People 2018;

 

NOTED 

 

9.2 the substantial amount of external funding that had been secured, subject to match funding being identified and approved, to deliver the plan; and

 

9.3 the Council funding required to deliver the draft plan (£98,000) and have regard to this information for the development of budget proposals for 2018/19.

10 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no item of business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision.

11 LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1974

Decision

AGREED to adopt a resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of Section 50A A(4) Paragraph 6 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

EXEMPT
12 SCHOOLS' PUBLIC / PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT - 2016/17 PROGRESS REPORT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Summary of Report - The purpose of this report was to enable the Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee to receive an update on the ongoing progress of the Public / Private Partnership project.

 

Decision

NOTED the progress of the Schools' Public / Private Partnership project for the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.