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RS November 2015 Update

The Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee met on 9 October.

The committee welcomed the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) to discuss the work they are doing with public sector partners to develop an evidence base on effective models of early intervention. Their report, Spending on late intervention, states that LAs are spending £6.5 billion a year on addressing problems that affect children and young people. However, looking at the public sector as a whole, this figure rises to £17 billion. The committee are starting to think about the concept of a long term strategy, setting out the ways services can intervene in a timely and cost effective way to address the problems children and young people may experience. The work EIF and others are doing on effective models of intervention will be key to this and the committee will be working with other partners over the coming months to develop their thinking on what a long term strategy could look like.

The group also welcomed representatives from the Department for Education (DfE) to discuss school funding reform. The group touched on a range of issues relating to school funding including the key relationship between the dedicated schools grant, higher needs and early years funding, the role of the pupil premium and the need for value for money. The committee stressed the need for any reforms to consider the educational function of a local area, including alternative provision and the impact of academy schools and free schools.

The Chair of the committee continues to be involved in the steering group overseeing the work DfE are doing to further understand costs and delivery in children’s services. The findings from the project are expected to be published later this year.

Members of the committee are also continuing to develop pieces of work on fair access protocols, school admissions and new practice models.

A forward plan of meetings for 2016 has been developed and includes joint meetings with the Educational Achievement Policy Committee, and the Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee.

The next meeting of the committee will take place on 10 December and will focus on alternative delivery models and the work Loughborough University have done to develop a children’s services cost calculator.

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