Children and Education Policy and Accountability Committee - Monday, 9th November, 2020 6.30 pm

Venue: Online - Virtual Meeting. View directions

Contact: David Abbott  Email:

Link: Watch the meeting on YouTube

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Roll call and declarations of Interest

The Chair will carry out a roll call to confirm attendance. Members will have an opportunity to declare any interests.


If a Councillor has a disclosable pecuniary interest in a particular item, whether or not it is entered in the Authority’s register of interests, or any other significant interest which they consider should be declared in the public interest, they should declare the existence and, unless it is a sensitive interest as defined in the Member Code of Conduct, the nature of the interest at the commencement of the consideration of that item or as soon as it becomes apparent.


At meetings where members of the public are allowed to be in attendance and speak, any Councillor with a disclosable pecuniary interest or other significant interest may also make representations, give evidence or answer questions about the matter.  The Councillor must then withdraw immediately from the meeting before the matter is discussed and any vote taken.


Where Members of the public are not allowed to be in attendance and speak, then the Councillor with a disclosable pecuniary interest should withdraw from the meeting whilst the matter is under consideration. Councillors who have declared other significant interests should also withdraw from the meeting if they consider their continued participation in the matter would not be reasonable in the circumstances and may give rise to a perception of a conflict of interest.


Councillors are not obliged to withdraw from the meeting where a dispensation to that effect has been obtained from the Standards Committee.



Minutes and matters arising pdf icon PDF 336 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting as an accurate record and discuss any matters arising.


Public Participation

This meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to ask a question about any of the items on the agenda, either via Microsoft Teams or in writing, please contact:


You can watch the meeting live on YouTube:


H&F Teaching Commission pdf icon PDF 247 KB

This item introduces the new H&F Teaching Commission that will be looking at how to recruit and retain the best teachers and school staff for the borough.


Free School Meals - October half-term briefing pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Officers will provide a short briefing on free school meals in H&F over the October half term break.


Ofsted Inspection of Children’s Services pdf icon PDF 244 KB

The report provides an overview of the Ofsted framework for inspecting Children Services, improvements from the last inspection of H&F Children Services and the feedback from the annual engagement meeting in September.

Additional documents:


Children’s Services Inspection Frameworks pdf icon PDF 214 KB

This report provides an overview of the framework for inspecting of Children Services, including the interim arrangements put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Education Service Update Report 2020 pdf icon PDF 345 KB

This is a short report to update on the OFSTED categorisations of schools prior to the pandemic and the ‘Safe return to school’ for the September / October half term. The report also highlights the priorities for school effectiveness in H&F that inform the work of officers in our education service.

Additional documents:


Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled to be held on the 27th of January 2021 (a change from the previously agreed calendar to accommodate remote meetings).