Communications : At the Members Briefing on 19th December it was requested that the presentation made by Sue Gradwell, Chief Executive of NYBEP, be circulated for information.
What it is :
•Based on Education Summit aspirations for children and young people in Scarborough and Filey, 0-16 years – to enhance existing provision/initiatives and improve outcomes
•£750k NYCC investment – now fully allocated
•Projects are progressing well across three main work-streams and will continue through to the end of the next academic year in July 2018
•Some gaps in what we have been able to deliver when cross-referenced to original summit vision e.g. mentoring, key curriculum/ subject areas
•Some aspects require further development e.g. student voice, evaluation, promotion to the local community
•Also scope for further partnership development including with employers.
Speech and language
Early intervention for speech and language through:
-Use of Language Links assessment & resources
-Appointment of a speech and language
specialist to work directly in schools
Careers & employability
Culture & heritage
What are Opportunity Areas? (How?)
•DfE investment of £60 million for 10 areas over the next three years – Scarborough amongst initial 6 areas (others are West Somerset, Norwich, Blackpool, Oldham and Derby)
•Inclusive of North Yorkshire Coast – Whitby to Filey
•Broad education initiatives for children and young people aged to 18+
•Initial proposal to be submitted to DfE by end of January 2017
•Requirement to link with other related Government initiatives/investment
Other Investment includes : (tis just the start)
•National Collaborative Outreach Programme – improving access to HE for those from disadvantaged backgrounds (£1.2 mill Y&NY)
•Music and Arts Education Hubs (£300 mill nationally)
•Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (£75 mill nationally)
•Careers & Enterprise Fund for employer engagement with schools (£4 mill nationally)
Opportunity Areas will gain ‘priority access’ to these initiatives.
Areas of Activity :
•Early Years – high quality education and workforce, engaging parents
•Schools – attracting good teachers and leaders, incentivising support from successful academy sponsors
•FE and skills – clear employer led technical routes to employment and helping adult learners develop skills
•HE – encouraging young people to go onto HE through partnership between HEIs, FE colleges and schools in areas of disadvantage
•“The best start in early years, improve teaching and leadership in schools, increase access to university, strengthen technical pathways for young people and work with employers to improve young people’s access to the right advice and experiences.’
Building On the Pledge :
The work of the Pledge provides a good basis to build on, however…
•The scale of Opportunity Areas is far greater - implications for infrastructure, co-ordination, governance, accountability, evaluation and procurement
•There would need to be full incorporation of the Whitby area
•The age-range would need to be expanded to include post-16 students
•The range of stakeholders involved would need to be reviewed and become broader
•Full integration with other initiatives would be critical, which would require significant co-ordination and collaboration.
A consultation took place on 7 December with local schools, colleges, businesses and other stakeholders on:
-What difference do we want to make through this opportunity, and for whom?
-What current work strands of the Scarborough Pledge would we seek to enhance or deepen?
-What specific additional work is required, particularly in relation to post-16 education, HE and skills and to include the Whitby Area?
-What are the investments that can be proposed as early wins?
-How can we ensure that everyone in the district is able to feel ownership and involved in the opportunity area programme?
Next Steps : (Buzzz ... )
•The consultation findings will inform future planning
• A detailed proposal will be put to the DfE by end of January 2017
• Implementation of Opportunity Areas and related initiatives from Easter 2017
Ditch the Dummy?
A leading NYCC Care Case Worker has expressed concerns about the PSPO and some disjointed 'thinking' between NYCC & SBC: "... especially for those who do not have appropriate support in place and have no one to advocate for them... this proposal does not have the backing of various community groups and statutory services.... nor with CaVCA."