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Appointment of Chair Pro Tem
the absence of the Chair and Vice-Chair, nominations were sought for the
appointment of a Chair Pro Tem of the Children and Young People's Learning
C Hobson was nominated and seconded and, following a vote, appointed as Chair
Pro Tem of the Children and Young People's Learning Scrutiny Panel.
AGREED that Councillor C Hobson be appointed as Chair Pro Tem of the Children
and Young People's Learning Scrutiny Panel for the duration of the meeting.
Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest received
at this point in the meeting.
minutes of the meeting of the Children and Young People’s Learning Scrutiny
Panel held on 10 October 2022 were submitted and approved as a correct record.
Following the Scrutiny Panel’s 2021 review of Behaviour, Discipline and Bullying in Schools, it had been agreed that a comprehensive report on exclusions would be submitted to the scrutiny panel on a 6 monthly basis. Officers will be in attendance to present this data.
Following the Children and Young People’s
Learning Scrutiny Panel’s 2021 review of Behaviour, Discipline and Bullying in
Schools, it had been agreed that a comprehensive report on school exclusions would
be submitted to the scrutiny panel on a 6 monthly basis.
The Council’s Strategic Lead for Inclusion and
Specialist Support Service was in attendance at the meeting to present data and
information on permanent exclusions and suspensions during the 2021/22 academic
year, figures for the current academic year (2022/23) and historical
trends. It was explained that the
monitoring of school exclusion data had recently become the responsibility of
the Council’s Inclusion and Outreach Service.
The scrutiny panel was informed that during
2021/22, Middlesbrough schools had excluded 52 pupils. It highlighted that,
initially, a total of 77 permanent exclusions had been issued throughout that
academic year. However, 25 of those 77 had been subsequently withdrawn and not
During 2021/22, in reference to the 52
Catholic College had excluded the highest number of pupils (17);
males (32) had been excluded than females (20);
Year 10 pupils had been excluded than any other year group (21), followed by
Year 9 (10) and Year 8 (10);
three most common reasons for pupils being excluded were identified as
persistent disruptive behaviour (22), physical assault on a pupil (11) and
physical assault on an adult (6).
Middlesbrough’s historic exclusion figures were
shared with the scrutiny panel. Those figures identified the number of pupils
that had been excluded at each of Middlesbrough’s schools, over a three year
It was highlighted to Members that, in respect
of the last academic year (2021/2022), it had not been mandatory for
Middlesbrough’s schools to report suspensions to the Local Authority. Analysis
of the data that had been received had identified that those schools with the highest
level of suspensions (previously known as fixed-term exclusions) were Trinity
Catholic College, Outwood Academy Ormesby and Outwood Academy Acklam.
During the current academic year (2022/23), for
the period September to October half term, there had been 9 pupils excluded
from Middlesbrough’s schools. It highlighted that, initially for that period,
11 permanent exclusions had been issued and 2 had been subsequently withdrawn
and not upheld. Members heard that, when compared with the data collected over
the same period in 2021/22, there had been a 34% reduction in permanent
During 2022/23, in reference to the 9 pupils
that had been permanently excluded over the period September to October:
males (8) had been excluded than females (1);
Year 9 pupils had been excluded than any other year group (5), followed by Year
10 (2) and Year 8 (2); and
two most common reasons for pupils being excluded were verbal abuse and threats
to an adult (4) and physical assault on an adult (2).
For the period September to October half term (2022), Trinity Catholic College, Outwood Academy Ormesby and Outwood Academy Acklam had continued to report the highest level of suspensions. It was confirmed that ... view the full minutes text for item 22/28
Following Ofsted’s recent inspection, the Scrutiny Panel will receive the Trust's response to Ofsted’s findings, which contains actions planned to secure improvements.
Following a recent inspection, Outwood Academy
Ormesby had been judged inadequate by Ofsted. The Trust’s response to Ofsted’s
findings had been circulated with the agenda pack for the meeting and the
response outlined actions planned to improve the academy’s performance.
The Director of Education and Partnerships
advised that when an academy was judged as inadequate, it was standard
procedure that the DfE would write to the academy providing a warning that the
academy’s funding agreement could be terminated. The document circulated with
the agenda pack was the Academy Trust’s response to that letter, which stated
that the Trust’s preferred option was to bring about the rapid change needed to
remove the academy from its inadequate judgement. It was commented that the
Trust had conveyed a preference to submit written evidence to today’s meeting,
to illustrate the improvement work that was planned, rather than provide a
It was explained that Outwood Academy Ormesby
was working closely with the Local Authority and the DfE to improve the
academy’s performance. It was added that the Council’s Head of Achievement had
been appointed as a member of the Academy Improvement Board.
Members queried whether the school would
subsidise the Local Authority for the support it was receiving from officers.
The Director of Education and Partnerships advised that the Local Authority was
unable to charge for the services and support provided. The Strategic Lead for
Inclusion and Specialist Support Service advised, however, that given the high
levels of permanent exclusions, the Local Authority had approached the School Management
Forum to request additional funding. Subsequently, the forum had agreed to
transfer £600,000 from schools to the High Needs Budget to enable the effective
delivery of support to those pupils who were at risk of exclusion. In response
to a Member’s query, it was explained that the all schools had contributed an
equal amount to the High Needs Budget, regardless of their exclusion rates.
A Member made reference to the two parents
meetings, which had been held by the Trust, to present the Ofsted inspection
outcome and discuss the Action Plan. The
Member challenged the comment made by the Trust in the submitted letter, which
stated that positive responses had been received. The Member had attended one
of those meetings and conveyed that positive feedback had not been received
The Head of Access to Education and Alternative
Provision advised that as Outwood Academy Ormesby had been judged as
inadequate, a HMI Inspector would now be attached to the academy to monitor
performance. The academy would also be subject to a series of Ofsted monitoring
visits, whereby the academy would be required to demonstrate/illustrate that
significant improvements had been made to the academy’s standards and
A Member commented that the academy had been visited by several Members during the last academic year and staff members and pupils had been polite and respectful. Therefore, the Ofsted judgement was somewhat unexpected. It was commented that the way in which the Ofsted report had been written ... view the full minutes text for item 22/29
Overview and Scrutiny Board - An Update
The Chair will present a verbal update on the matters that were considered at the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Board held on 25 October 2022.
The Chair advised that on 25 October 2022, the
Overview and Scrutiny Board had considered:
Forward Work Programme;
an update on
ongoing work and current key issues from the Executive Member for Adult Social
Care, Public Health, Public Protection and Digital Inclusion; and
updates from the scrutiny chairs.