Education Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 17 March 2016
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Jeff Leaver (Chairman) - Lochar
David J McKie (Vice-Chairman) - North West Dumfries
Ian Blake - Abbey
Richard Brodie - Annandale South
Ian Carruthers - Annandale South
Rob Davidson - Abbey
Jim H Dempster - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Peter Diggle - Annandale North
Andy Ferguson - North West Dumfries
Gail Macgregor - Annandale North
Denis R Male - Annandale East and Eskdale
John Martin - Nith
Jim McColm - Mid Galloway
Ronnie Nicholson - North West Dumfries
Davie Stitt - Abbey
Ted Thompson - Lochar
Alastair Witts - Nith
Colin Wyper - Dee
Officials:
Colin Grant - Director Children, Young People and Learning
Gillian Brydson - Head of Education
Claire Renton - Strategic Lead for Physical Learning Environments
Larenn Foss - Education Officer
Gwyneth Fairbairn - Principal Officer
Apologies:
Karen Carruthers - Annandale East and Eskdale
Jim McClung - Wigtown West
Graham Nicol - Mid Galloway
Robert McQuistan - Church Representative
Rev William R McFadden - Church Representative
George Jamieson - Parent Representative
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

Decision

 

19 Members present, 6 apologies and 2 Members not present at the start of the meeting

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 21 JANUARY 2016

Decision

 

AGREED

 

MEMBERS - Gail MacGregor and Colin Wyper entered the meeting - 21 Members present

4 PROPERTY/BUILDINGS (SCHOOLS) ASSET CLASS - UPDATE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1    the progress made to date on investment for the Early Years agenda;  and

 

4.2     the variance regarding the Langholm all through school

5 DIRECTOR'S SIX MONTHLY ASSESSMENT OF BUSINESS PLAN PERFORMANCE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Decision

 

REVIEWED

 

5.1      the six month summary of performance for Education Services set out at Appendix 1;

 

5.2     the overall summary of performance for the department health and safety action plan for the six month period September 2015 - March 2016;

 

5.3     SCRUTINISED the exception reporting in Appendices 2 and 3 and considered  that the actions proposed were adequate to improve performance and future monitoring of areas which havd not met the target; and recognised the areas of good practice/high performance where the target had been exceeded, and

 

5.4     AGREED the request to extend the scope of one project.

6 PRIMARY SCHOOLS CAPACITIES UPDATE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Decision

 

AGREED the updated capacities for the schools and that officers would work to work with Headteachers and parent councils in sharing these figures.

7 ST PETER’S RC PRIMARY SCHOOL, DALBEATTIE - STATUTORY CONSULTATION - CONFIRMATION OF CLOSURE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Decision

 

7.1     NOTED that Scottish Government Ministers had decided not to issue a call-in notice on the proposal to close St Peter’s RC Primary School; and

 

7.2    AGREED that St Peter’s RC Primary School should be declared surplus by Education Services and passed to Property and Architectural Services as per Council policy

8 REVIEW OF GUIDANCE IN RELATION TO LOW UTILISATION SCHOOLS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Decision

 

AGREED

 

8.1     that the Council’s rural school provision policy was now updated by the Statutory Consultation (Scotland) Act 2010 and Children and Young Peoples Bill 2014;

 

8.2     that the rural school provision policy should be for schools with low utilisation;

 

8.3     that Officers should engage with schools below 50% of the building’s capacity to identify how utilisation can be improved; and

 

8.4     that Officers should report back to this Committee in 2017 to report progress.

9 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