RS and EA Policy Committee Update - February 2019

Resources & Sustainability and Educational Achievement Policy Committees

The Resources & Sustainability (R&S) and Educational Achievement (EA) Policy Committees met jointly on Thursday 31 January in London to discuss shared areas of interest. The meeting was largely focused on issues around SEND with representatives from ISOS attending to present their LGA commissioned report on SEND budget pressures, Have we reached a ‘tipping point’? Following this, representatives from the Department for Education (DfE) joined the committee to discuss pressures on the high needs block.

The committee also discussed the forthcoming Education Select Committee inquiry into the impact of SEND reforms, and views were garnered to contribute to evidence which Charlotte Ramsden, Chair of HCAN committee is giving on behalf of ADCS. Finally, the committee discussed an upcoming NAO ‘value for money study’ into support for pupils with SEND, scheduled for Spring this year, for which they are seeking ADCS views.

In December R&S led on the development of the Association’s submission to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the funding of children’s services. Members also attended a Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government roundtable to discuss the Designated Schools Grant and high needs block ahead of the spending review.

Since the last meeting of the EA Policy Committee in November 2018, the committee has led on a response to the Department for Education’s consultation on draft statutory guidance for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education. Further, during the development of the Elective Home Education Survey, published in November, ADCS was approached by a production company and asked to include some additional questions to help inform an upcoming episode of Dispatches about home education. The episode airs on Monday 4 February on Channel 4.

The R&S committee will meet again on 17 May in London and the EA Policy Committee will next meet jointly with the SPI Policy Committee on 31 May in London to discuss shared areas of interest.


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FUNDING 156 EAPC 77 RSPC 67 SEND 35

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