View Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee Agenda

Date:
Tuesday 21 March 2017
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries
Contact:
Heather Kerr
Tel No:
(01387) 260444
Council Priorities:

Build the Local Economy

  • Improve the level of skills within our communities and workforce
  • Support our small and medium sized businesses to be established and grow
  • Invest in our key infrastructure
  • Provide an attractive location to do business
  • Develop a diverse economy that creates sustainable, high wage job opportunities

Provide the best start in life for all our Children

  • Ensure early intervention, in particular to keep our region's most vulnerable children safe
  • Invest in creating schools fit for the 21st century which are at the heart of our communities
  • Raise ambition and attainment, in particular to address inequalities
  • Support children to be healthy and active

Protect our most vulnerable people

  • Tackle the causes and effects of inequality and poverty
  • Help older or vulnerable people live healthy and independent lives
  • Ensure our older or vulnerable people receive the care and support they need
  • Keep our communities safe

Be an inclusive Council

  • Ensure that local people and communities are at the heart of our decision making
  • Empower our communities to make the most of their assets
  • Increase equality of opportunity

 

 

 

Dates of Meetings in 2017
3 Feb,
21 Mar
ItemDescription
 
PUBLIC
1. SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES
2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
3. MINUTE OF MEETING OF 3 FEBRUARY 2017

For Approval

4. PUPIL EQUITY FUNDING - LOCAL GUIDELINES - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Members are asked to agree the Dumfries and Galloway local operating guidance for the Pupil Equity Fund as set out in Appendix 1, noting the associated statutory requirements for School Improvement Planning and School Improvement Progress Reporting within the new education authority duties.

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

Members are asked to note:- (1)  the updated priority order as detailed in section 3.1 to 3.2 and the Appendix;  (2)  the financial position for 2016/17 as detailed in section 3.3; and (3)  the information on the final investment projects for 600 hours of Early Learning and Childcare, as detailed in 3.4

 

6. EARLY LEARNING AND CHILDCARE PLANNING FOR THE EXPANSION TOWARDS 1140 HOURS BY 2020/21: UPDATE 1 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Members are asked to:- (1) note the complexities and associated risks of planning for the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare prior to Government funding being released; (2) request a multi-year spending profile from Scottish Government to mitigate the risks of delivery by 2020; (3) agree the strategy for Early Learning and Childcare in planning for the expansion of 1140hrs by 2020 as detailed in paragraph 3.2 (and Appendix);  (4)  note that Early Learning and Childcare services will be procured through the Early Learning and Childcare framework 3.2.2;  (5)  agree to commission new providers where there is no duplication of provision, prior to procuring services through the Early Learning and Childcare framework as detailed in 3.2.3; (6)  note the progress of the planned trial in the Newton Stewart area as outlined in paragraphs 4.1,4.2 1nd 4.3; and (7)  agree the first phase of the capital programme outlined in paragraphs 6.1 and 6.2
 

7. SUPPORTING LIFELONG LEARNING SERVICE REVIEW (BTB10) - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Members are asked to: (1)  note the work undertaken to complete the Service Review for Supporting Lifelong Learning; (2)  note the more streamlined approach taken to this specific review due to the circumstances outlined at paragraphs 3.9 - 3.13; and (3)  agree that implementing Option 1 - Enhanced Partnership Model with initial re-alignment of internal Council Services- as outlined at 4.0 - 4.31 would ensure that our available Council Lifelong Learning resources are targeted at those in most need and that this model builds in flexibility for the future to consider the emerging internal and external influences as outlined at 3.56; and (4)  agree to the recommendations associated with implementing Option 1 as part of Phase 1 as follows: 2.4.1 Recommendation One - to re-align Adult Learning, Family Learning, Learning in Libraries and Coach Education within the CYPLL Lifelong Learning Team. An initial Year 1 Saving of £40,000 would be achievable through this model. This would see our existing front line resource being utilised more flexibly to target and support our most vulnerable; those experiencing poverty; help to bridge the skills gap and will be informed through the work stemming from recommendation two and as outlined at paragraphs 4.3 – 4.6; 2.4.2 Recommendation Two - this will be developed alongside recommendation one to inform and support the shift in resources to support our most vulnerable. This will see a focus on fundamental Core skills development (i.e. numeracy and literacy) and the attainment of qualifications to assist with employability for those who currently do not have any recognised qualifications and as outlined at paragraphs 4.7 – 4.12; 2.4.3 Recommendation Two (A) – to support and complement recommendation two we also require to increase and widen our available Adult Tutor Base in order to support a revised focus for our work this will include promoting opportunities arising to our education workforce. We will also assess how we continue to build capacity and support our volunteers who play a critical role in delivering adult learning activities and as outlined at paragraphs 4.13 – 4.15;

2.4.4 Recommendation Three – Following the recent publication of the national review of Family Learning (Supporting Excellence and Equity - December 2016) and in recognition of the impact that Family Learning approaches can have on adults/families; to assess how we embed Family Learning approaches within our ethos; deliver on the recommendations stemming from the national review and develop a sustainable model for Family Centres and as outlined at paragraphs 4.16 – 4.19; 2.4.5 Recommendation Four – Agreeing and implementing a Framework for the targeted delivery of Lifelong Learning activities with our partners as detailed in Appendix 7 and which supports the principles outlined in the Adult Learning Statement of Ambition and New Skills Agenda for Europe but clearly focuses on delivering upon Council priorities and as outlined at paragraphs 4.20 – 4.23;

2.4.6 Recommendation Five - Exploring wider opportunities that exist for maximising cross sector Training, Learning & Development /Lifelong Learning opportunities through Community Planning Partners. This will look at how resources could be better shared and co-ordinated; how joint training needs could better met and how existing expertise (internal & external) could be better utilised and deployed, including identifying any associated efficiencies and to help inform a future Centre of Excellence Model and as outlined at paragraphs 4.24 – 4.31; and (5)  agree that further consideration will be given to additional opportunities stemming from this review as part of a potential Phase 2 once the Outcome of the Government Review of Enterprise and Skills is known and as outlined paragraphs 4.32 – 4.39.
 

8. WELLBEING TEAM WORK PLAN 2017 - 2018 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Members are asked to approve the Wellbeing Team Work Plan 2017-2018 as shown at the Appendix

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

Issue Date:- 13 March 2017 at 11:36