EA February 2016 Update

Update for the February meeting of the ADCS Council of Reference

The Educational Achievement Policy Committee has not yet met since the last meeting of Council of Reference at the end of November. The committee has, however, led the Association’s response to the DfE’s consultation on updates to the ‘Schools Causing Concern’ guidance and to the Department’s call for evidence on the regulation and inspection of supplementary schools.

Significant progress has also been made on two ongoing pieces of work:

The committee has discussed the need for a protocol of sorts between LAs and RSCs in the last couple of meetings. Arrangements are unclear at present and there is a danger that the outcomes of learners might ultimately be affected by this lack of clarity. Work has now begun on this in earnest. A small subgroup of committee members pulled together a ‘ways of working’ document and met with a RSC early in the New Year to discuss some of the specifics and this work is continuing.

In terms of the educational progress and attainment of children in care, several meetings have taken place with various DfE officials to discuss how best to progress the proposals outlined in the joint paper published at the end of November by ADCS, VSHN and NCER. This work builds on the findings of an important study by the University of Oxford and Bristol University in this area. This work will be ongoing throughout 2016.

The committee will meet again on Thursday 11 February in Manchester with members of the Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee to discuss school funding, pupil premium, admissions and SEND.

The Educational Achievement Policy Committee will be joining up with the Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee in March to discuss the inspection of all forms of education provision and school improvement.

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