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Corporate performance on life skills and education

3.1.04 Ofsted judgement at least good or outstanding for early help settings

Stage: Complete

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

100% of PVI settings are currently graded good or better

3.1.05 Children’s centres

Stage: In progress

Due date: 30 September 2019

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Amber

Comments: 

The Willows refurbishment is complete. Currently working with Health to enable effective co-location of HV team. Discussions also taking place with midwifery regarding co-location. Further work ongoing to increase service delivery from the hubs.

3.2.01 Pupil places (Capital Programme)

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

3.2.03 Pupil places (Housing Developments)

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

There were sufficient pupils places to meet demand from pupils arising from new housing in 2019.

The existing surplus primary capacity has meant that the proposed new schools at Amen Corner South and Warfield East have been put on hold with an option to build them if required at some time in the future.

The surplus of secondary places is reducing as the total number on roll across the borough increase. There are no plans to create additional mainstream school places over the next 5 years under the School Places Plan 2020-24.

3.2.04 Infrastructure Delivery Plan

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comments: 

An updated version of the Infrastructure Delivery Plan has been prepared to accompany the Revised Growth Strategy Local Plan which was consulted on during this quarter following approval by the Executive in September.

3.2.05 New education facilities

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Proposals for new schools at Jealott's Hill are included in the Revised Growth Strategy Local Plan which was consulted on during this quarter following approval by the Executive in September.

3.2.06 Amen Corner North primary school

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

3.2.07 Crowthorne CE School (TRL)

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

The programme for the proposed new primary school at Bucklers Park (formerly TRL) remains at September 2022, however there is currently no identified need for these new school places due to the current surplus of primary school places in Crowthorne and across the Borough.

The housing developer Legal and General stands ready to construct the new school if this is required and the council will continue to closely monitor school places and admissions for September 2020 to see if this situation changes.

3.3.01 Ofsted judgement at least good or outstanding for schools

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Green

Comments: 

The new Education Inspection Framework started in September 2019 with significant changes, including the introduction of a 'Quality of Education' judgement. Birch Hill and Meadow Vale Primary Schools were inspected in the autumn term and were both judged to remain 'good' schools under the new criteria.

The Learning Improvement Strategy was refreshed and continues to be the key driver across Education and Learning in providing both challenge and support to schools, particularly those identified as Schools Causing Concern.

3.4.01 Pupil Premium Grant

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Governors from 19 BFC schools attended training led by the Standards and Effectiveness Team on 'The Governors Role in the Pupil Premium' where current best practice reports from the Education Endowment Foundation were shared.

The Voice 21 Oracy project training and events continue to be very well received by the 26 BFC schools taking part. The Bracknell Forest Governor's Pupil Premium Toolkit is in the final stages of development and has been promoted via governor training and the Clerks' Briefing.

As a result of joint working between Bracknell Forest and Reading Councils, 22 Bracknell Forest schools attended a recent conference on the new Ofsted Framework and the importance of reading for pleasure, with a strong focus on the critical role reading for pleasure has for disadvantaged pupils.

3.5.04 Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET)

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 95%

Status: Green

Comments: 

The Elevate Team has tracked all 16 and 17 year olds for whom Bracknell Forest has a duty to report their activity.

This has been a particularly productive period where collaborating with schools and other providers has led to effective tracking.

All those who are NEET have been contacted and are either already receiving support or are 'not available to labour market,' eg illness due to mental health.

3.5.05 Emotional Health and Well Being Action Plan for young people

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Our Local Transformation Plan group, a partnership of key organisations, is currently delivering on a series of changes to transform children and young people's mental health support and services across East Berkshire. More local money is being invested in early intervention by NHS East Berkshire. Some key developments are:

  • increasing capacity by creating a number of additional mental health practitioner posts - staff will be employed by Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, but will form part of each of our local authority Early Help services; we are planning on this being fully operational by April 2020 and recruitment is starting now
  • extending the Young Health Champions (peer education) programme to more secondary schools throughout this academic year

3.5.09 Young Carers Strategy

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Amber

Comments: 

Stakeholder engagement has increased recently and this has increased the input to the strategy. Final draft has been written and is currently being reviewed ready for launch.

3.6.01 Implement Special Educational Needs (SEND) legislation

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 90%

Status: Green

Comments: 

A revised budget proposal for the High Needs Block has been presented to Schools Forum which has been produced in partnership with the Sub Group and Finance.

Consultation on the SEN Commissioning Plan is now live - the outcome of which is expected to provide direction to the future development of this area.

3.6.02 Special Educational Needs achieving a Good Level of Development at the end of EYFS

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 0%

Status: Not set

Comments: 

Data not available at present from DfE - due end of January 2020

3.7.02 Care leavers education, employment and training (EET)

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 64%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Following a change in staffing, the Virtual School is working closely with the Leaving Care Service to review partnership arrangements and develop or offer for this cohort.

3.7.03 Young people in employment

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 June 2020

Percentage complete: 95.10%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Elevate has supported a number of young people aged 16 to 17 into either education or employment during this period.

This is in addition to working with a further 30 (approximately) to either determine their activity or help move them onto a form of education or employment.

3.7.04 Accommodation for care leavers

Stage: In progress

Due date: 30 September 2019

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comments: 

In addition to the 10 high needs beds through Look Ahead Housing there is also agreement that prior to leaving care each child from the age of 16 will have a nominated housing officer to attend CLA reviews. This will make sure each child has a named person to discuss housing options with and they can have a bespoke offer.