Urgent Reminder - Data Collection – Children Not in Receipt of Full Time Education
Thank you to the 48 primary and 8 secondary schools that have responded to the data collection request made by Huw Jones on 26 November to enable the Council to meet its statutory obligation to ensure that all children and young people in Newham receive a suitable education. If you have not already completed the return, please can I urge you to send a nil return or to provide details of all children on a reduced timetable before the end of term. The template can be found here This information is required to support the ILACS inspection expected early in the new year. More information about the context of this request is detailed below.
Local authorities have duties in relation to children missing education which require monitoring of all children receiving alternative education which includes the total number of hours they are receiving (alternative provision plus mainstream), as well as any child on a reduced timetable. DfE and Ofsted expectation is that all pupils receive full-time education (25 hours or equivalent of education a week), unless medical or mental health evidence is provided to identify that this
would be detrimental to the child’s health and wellbeing or the child is on a short term, time bound integration programme with a clear plan to re-engage to full time education. All children with a reduced timetable should have a plan identifying:
· Clearly defined objectives and expected outcomes
· Be for a specified and limited period of time
· Be kept under regular review
· Risk assessment addressing any potential safeguarding, welfare, offending or harmful behaviour concerns
· Not be implemented without the signed parental agreement and the consent of any key children’s service open to the
The original decision to establish a formal data collection for children on reduced timetables arose during preparations for the OfSTED inspection of children’s services. The guidance notes for the inspection contain an annex which summarises the range of data that OfSTED expects to see, and paragraph 2.05 states that there should be:
“A report on children, for whom the local authority is responsible, who are of school age and who are not in receipt of full-time school education at the time of inspection. This report should include for each child:
· child unique ID or UPN and the date of birth
· type of educational provision that they are receiving, including home tuition
· number of hours provision per week (in particular, whether they are
· receiving more or less than 25 hours per week)
· type of exclusion (if the child has been excluded)
· date when alternative provision commenced.”
The LA has therefore decided to request information each month on all children in Newham schools that are accessing alternative provision and/or receiving less than 25 hours education per week.
The LA trialled the original template with three schools (2 primary and 1 secondary) who indicated that it would be straightforward and not time-consuming to collect the data required.
To date we have received 58 responses (including nil returns) with schools indicating typically only a few pupils with reduced timetables. The template has caused a few technical problems (which we believe is due to differing versions of Office software) and will be amended for the next return in January. The LA did not want completion of the template to be an onerous task and has minimised the amount of information requested. The LA is adding additional data to the template (for example, to see if these children are known to social services) to reduce the workload for schools.
Update on Every Child programme consultation
The Mayor’s aspiration is that every child and young person in Newham should experience the richness of our cultural offer. Each young person should have the opportunity to discover and develop their individual talents, to achieve excellence and to have fun doing so. Music education - in school and beyond – remains part of this vision.
Today we are launching a consultation on a proposal:
*to cease the Every Child Programme and its funding in its current form from the school year starting September 2019.
*to retain up to 50% of the current budget to develop and deliver an enhanced added value enrichment provision in schools for children and young people, including a commitment to music, cultural and sporting activities based on the Mayor’s vision for young people.
These proposals reflect research evidence and feedback we have received including from schools.
The savings resulting from these proposals will enable the Council to prioritise those programmes where we consider there is the strongest evidence of benefits to residents, such as the Eat for Free programme.
We encourage all our stakeholders, including yourselves to take part in this formal consultation; and to contribute to a longer term engagement process to design the proposed new provision.
We will also be engaging with children and young people through various methodologies and we would welcome your input on securing feedback from children and young people.