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Title: DCSF Review of School Improvement and Childrens Social Care

  • Welcome
  • Children and Young Peoples Agenda Sharon Scott
    (Interim Director of Childrens Services)
  • Community Cohesion Kewal Goel
  • Succession Planning for School Leaders Trisha
  • Feedback on DCSF Review of Local Authority
    David Gamble
  • Update on Budget and Services for Schools David
  • Managing Allegations Against Staff Jayne
    Murphy/David Howe

Children and Young Peoples Agenda
  • Sharon Scott (Interim Director of Childrens

Community Cohesion
  • Kewal Goel

Community Cohesion
What is community cohesion?
Diversity appreciated and valued
Common values
Sense of belonging
Strong and positive relationships
Equal life opportunities
Knowing rights and responsibilities
Trusting each other and local institutions
Shared vision for community
Shared access to English
Many definitions are being produced
What is community cohesion?
Community cohesion is what must happen in
all communities to enable different groups of
people to get on well together. A key
contributer to community cohesion is integration
which is what must happen to enable new residents
and existing residents to adjust to one another.
In February 2008 the Government adopted a new
definition of Community Cohesion
  • Difference between
  • race equality
  • community cohesion
  • preventing violent extremism

Race equality
  • Race equality is about building an equally free
    and fair society for all people regardless of
    their racial or ethnic background.
  • It focuses on narrowing gaps in outcomes for
    different groups.
  • This will help promote cohesion and tackle
    extremism, but it is not enough on its own, and
    there are other, wider, motivations for promoting
    race equality.

Building community cohesion
  • Building community cohesion is about building
    better relationships between people from
    different backgrounds including those from new
    and settled communities. Experience has shown
    that violent extremism can emerge from even the
    most cohesive communities, but that extremist
    messages are less likely to find support in the
  • So work to build cohesion can help prevent
    violent extremism but will not be enough on its

Preventing violent extremism
  • To prevent violent extremism we often need a
    targeted approach which deals with the specific
    threat, builds resilience to extremist messages
    at a community level but also works to counter
    the global terrorist ideology.
  • At the same time a community in which extremism
    is minimised is likely to be one where people
    have more confidence to build relationships with
    one another and so increase community cohesion
    and race equality.

Community Cohesion
We can inspect these through the schools duty to
promote community cohesion
The six Equalities Strands have a narrower,
sharper focus and are inspected through the
equalities and discrimination judgement

Religion and non-religion
Ethnicity and Culture
Community Cohesion
The different social dimensions of community
Ethnicity and culture
Religious and non-religious
Engagement Ethos
Equality Excellence
The Global Community
Teaching, Learning Curriculum
UK Community
Community in which school is located
The schools contribution can be grouped under
these headings.
School Community
The different scales or geographical dimensions
of community
The duty on schools is to promote community
  • The duty must be linked to the leadership of the
    school, as it is on the governing body
  • This duty is linked to the effectiveness of the
    schools provision what it is doing about it
  • The school should not be judged according to the
    local community, but according to what it is

Inspecting community cohesion
  • Inspection can be built around three key
  • questions
  • 1. What does the school know about the
  • communities it serves?
  • 2. How has it used that knowledge to
  • promote community cohesion and serve the needs
    of its users?
  • How does it know whether its strategy is
  • successful?

Inspecting community cohesion
  • Inspectors will look at data from the SEF,
    RAISEonline etc to identify issues about
    ethnicity, deprivation etc.
  • Inspectors will engage with school leaders about
    their understanding, strategies and evaluation of
  • Inspectors will examine schools own evidence
  • Inspectors will talk with learners and observe

  • Succession Planning for School Leaders
  • Trisha Wright
  • School Improvement Adviser
  • Leadership and Management

Succession planning
  • The range of activities and approaches
    employed to ensure a sufficient quantity of
    engaged and talented school leaders.

Recruitment challenge
A drawn-out apprenticeship
Perceptions and realities of Headteacher role
Succession planning
  • Systematic approach to leadership recruitment and
  • System wide challenge
  • Local issues need local solutions
  • Need to plan

MK Succession Planning Strategy
  • To develop effective and innovative local
    solutions to secure a sufficient long term supply
    of talented, committed and engaged leaders at all
    levels in our schools.

NCSL guidance
NCSL guidance
MK - Summer Term 2008
  • Steering group set up to oversee development of
    strategy and action planning
  • Succession planning officer headteacher
    secondment for part of Summer Term
  • Future Leaders conference 17.6.08 Local launch
    for Heads, Deputy / Assistant Heads and Chairs of
    Governors to raise awareness, gather views ,
    suggest possible actions
  • Deputy / assistant headteacher session with NCSL
    succession planning consultant - 5.6.08
  • Potential NPQH applicants workshop session
  • Aspiring leaders workshops jointly being
    planned with Bucks
  • Questionnaires will be coming out to schools to
    obtain views

  • Karen Kilshaw, Succession Planning Officer,
    01908 254091
  • Trisha Wright, School Improvement Adviser,
    Leadership and Management
  • 01908 253972
  • Sheila Ellis, Admin Assistant
  • 01908 253881

  • What implications does this have for you and your
  • What do you think are the local issues in Milton

DCSF Review of Local Authority
David Gamble
Reasons for the Review
  • DCSF concerns about strategic capacity at LA
  • Part of National Strategies programme of LA
    reviews of LA School Improvement services
  • Low standards at KS2 and KS4 and low CVAs

Key Foci
  • School Improvement
  • The LAs capacity for School Improvement
  • The LAs intervention in schools to secure
  • The collection and use of data
  • Social Care
  • The capacity of childrens social care
  • The collection and use of data
  • Safeguarding capability, inc children in care
  • Suitability and structure of the service

  • 7 DCSF/National Strategies officers
  • Normal inspection processes over 4 days
  • Visits to 6 schools

Context of Milton Keynes
  • Unusual growth and development
  • Increasingly diverse population
  • Above average proportion live in low income
  • School population unusually mobile

Summary and Recommendations
  • School Improvement
  • Good support for weakest schools (ISP) better
    capacity at primary level
  • Effective pupil tracking systems developed
  • Positive responses from headteachers to the
    quality of many LA staff
  • Positive outcomes of DCSF funded Intervention
    Programme (SITU project)
  • Need for significant improvement in capacity of
    LA to improve schools particularly at secondary

Summary and Recommendations
  • Need for clearer school improvement strategy
    generated with partners
  • Better early warning systems to intervene before
    schools decline
  • Better engagement of secondary schools in
    collaboration work
  • Better sharing of good practice including use of
    ASTs and Leading Teachers
  • Recognised SIP implementation in April 08 more
    serving heads

Summary and Recommendations
  • Childrens Social Services
  • Recognised improvements made
  • No unallocated work or waiting lists
  • No evidence of children at risk due to low
    numbers on CP register
  • Weak outcomes for Children in Care

Summary and Recommendations
  • Use of Data
  • More strategic approach to the availability and
    use of data across Childrens Services
  • More central analysis of data available to
    schools and benchmarking against other schools
  • More challenge in target setting process and
    follow up by SIPs

Summary and Recommendations
  • General
  • More meetings between DCS and headteachers to
    drive forward ECM agenda
  • More awareness needed for CAF, Lead Professional,
    integration of service delivery, locality working
  • More pace, fewer interim roles

What has happened?
  • Strategy and Improvement Board set up
  • Monthly meetings
  • Action Plan agreed
  • Monitoring meetings (progress RAG rated)
  • Productive link with Tower Hamlets
  • Good progress

What has happened?
  • Structural changes being implemented plus extra
  • More capacity for performance and data
    management, agreeing data set timetable
  • Interim AD Secondary School Improvement appointed
  • Restructuring of School Improvement Team for
    September 2008
  • Increasing pace of implementation
  • Childrens Trust
  • Locality working
  • New vision more strongly communicated
  • Wide ranging School Improvement Strategy
  • Strategy for Children in Care

What has happened?
  • Using successful schools more within SI Strategy
  • Closer partnership between schools and LA (new
    expectations and accountabilities)
  • Launch conference

  • Update on Budget and Services for Schools
  • David Gamble

  • Changes to funding formulae after much work and
  • Some turbulence, some budget difficulties
  • Impact of formula changes
  • MFG issues
  • Tighter budgets for schools with low deprivation,
    increased charges

Review of new funding formulae
  • EAL allocations
  • Small schools threshold allocation
  • Early years single pupil count
  • Impact of increased charges
  • New school allocations
  • Schools with deficit budgets
  • 52 week residential provision

Formal processes in place
  • Working group reports to Schools Forum
  • Autumn term consultation on any proposed changes
    April 2009
  • Meeting schools with difficulties
  • Reviewing Services to Schools packages and charges

Managing Allegations Against Staff
  • LADO
  • Local Authority Designated Officer

ECM Five Outcomes
  • Be Healthy
  • Stay Safe
  • Enjoy and Achieve
  • Make a Positive Contribution
  • Achieve Economic Well-Being

Named Senior Manager
  • Every agency with contact with children
  • Liaison with LADO

Named Senior Officer
  • Strategic overview

Procedures need to be applied with common sense
and judgement. Some allegations are so serious as
to require immediate referral to social care and
the police for investigation. Others are much
less serious, and at first sight may not seem to
warrant consideration of a police investigation
or enquiries by childrens social care. However,
it is important to ensure that even apparently
less serious allegations are seen to be followed
up, and that they are examined objectively by
someone independent of the organisation
concerned. Consequently, the LADO should be
informed of all allegations that come to the
employers attention and appear to meet the
appropriate criteria, so that s/he can consult
police and social care colleagues as appropriate.
When does LADO need to know ?
  • behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may
    have harmed a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or
    related to a child or
  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that
    indicates s/he is unsuitable to work with children

  • Allegation/concern raised
  • Reported to NSM
  • Contact with LADO
  • Discussion/agreement on action
  • Possible strategy meeting
  • Sharing all relevant information re victim and
    staff member concerned
  • Action agreed e.g. S47, criminal investigation
    and/or internal investigation
  • Review strategy meeting, final outcome recorded

The Three Strands
  • An allegation may require consideration from any
    of the following three inter-related
  • Enquiries and assessment by Childrens Social
    Care about whether a child is in need of
    protection or in need of services
  • Criminal investigation by the police
  • Staff disciplinary procedures of employing agency

July Dec 2007
  • Education 13
  • Oakhill STC 21
  • Foster carers 7
  • Other 5
  • Total 46

Categories of Allegations
  • Physical 33
  • Sexual 10
  • Emotional 0
  • Neglect 0
  • Other 3
  • Total 46

Section 12 Allegations against staff, carers and
  • Milton keynes Guidance based on
  • Working together to Safeguard Children 2006

  • Safer recruitment
  • Safe working Practices

Central direction
Universal safeguarding
Targeted safeguarding
Public awareness
Local delivery
Responsive safeguarding
Ref Staying Safe Action Plan
  • David Howe
  • 01908 254306
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