Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor William Russell and Rachel Bower.

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2.

Members' declarations under the Code of Conduct in respect of items on the agenda

Minutes:

There were no declarations.

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3.

Order of the Court of Common Council pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To receive the Order of the Court of Common Council dated 16 July 2020, appointing the Board and setting its Terms of Reference.

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Minutes:

The Town Clerk noted that since publication of the Court Order, Deputy Keith Bottomley had issued his resignation to the Education Board with immediate effect.

 

The appointments of Tijs Broeke (Policy and Resources Committee representative) and Randall Anderson (Community and Children’s Services Committee representative) were to be considered that the next meetings of their respective committees. Until then they retained their appointment to the Education Board.

 

The Order of the Court of Common Council dated 16 July 2020 appointing the Board for the ensuing year was received.

 

 

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4.

Election of Chairman

To elect a Chairman in accordance with Standing Order No. 29.

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Minutes:

An election of Chairman was conducted in line with Standing Order 29. Ann Holmes, being the only Member indicating a willingness to serve, was elected for the ensuing year

 

RESOLVED unanimously, that at the conclusion of his three-year term of office as their Chairman, members of the Education Board wish to extend to Henry Colthurst  their sincere thanks and appreciation for the manner in which he has presided over their deliberations and the detailed care and interest he has shown toward the City’s provision of education.

 

In Henry’s time as Chairman, the Board has supported the expansion of the City of London Academies Trust; introduced an annual Careers Festival and implemented three new fundamental strategies in Education, Culture and Creative Learning, and Skills.

 

During his time as Chairman of the Board, Henry has helped the City respond to significant changes in the national curriculum within its Family of Schools. He has also played a significant role in shaping the scope of lifelong learning and apprenticeships that the City is able to offer its residents, schools, employees and visitors.

 

Henry has performed his role as Chairman with great enthusiasm and dedication.  His vision has helped support the City through the ever-changing landscape of the education and skills sector so that it remains a place that people from the Square Mile and beyond, want to come to learn and teach.

 

Finally, Members wish to thank him for his generous hospitality during his years in office and to convey to him, their good wishes for his and his family’s future health and happiness. 

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5.

Election of Deputy Chairman

To elect a Deputy Chairman in accordance with Standing Order No. 30.

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Minutes:

An election of Deputy Chairman was conducted in line with Standing Order 30. Caroline Haines, being the only Member indicating a willingness to serve, was elected Deputy Chairman for the ensuing year.

 

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6.

Public Minutes pdf icon PDF 187 KB

To agree the public minutes and summary of the meeting held on 5 March 2020.

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED, that the public minutes and non-public summary of the meeting held on 5 March 2020, be approved as a correct record

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7.

Appointment of a Co-Opted Member pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Report of the Town Clerk.

 

To be read in conjunction with the non-public appendix at item 30 of the agenda.

 

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Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Town Clerk regarding the appointment of a co-opted Member of the Board.

 

The Town Clerk explained that the appointment of Dr Ioan Davies was considered at the Board’s informal meeting held in May 2020. Further supporting information was provided as a non-public appendix.

 

RESOLVED, that Dr Ioan Davies be appointed to the Education Board for a term of four years ending April 2024.

 

The Town Clerk advised that Dr Davies would now be invited to join the meeting.

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8.

Appointment of Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Report of the Town Clerk.

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Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Town Clerk regarding the appointment of the Education Board’s sub-committees for 2020/21.

 

Members were first invited to approve the terms of reference of the Nominations Sub-Committee and note that the terms of reference for the Education Charity Sub-Committee are set by the Court of Common Council. No changes were proposed for the Nominations Sub-Committee.

 

Tijs Broeke and Henry Colthurst had expressed an interest in the Nominations Sub-Committee and were duly appointed for the year ensuing.

 

Deputy Philip Woodhouse had expressed an interest in the Education Charity Sub-Committee, as did Randall Anderson. Randall Anderson was advised that he may wish to stand for one of the positions assigned by the Community and Children’s Services Committee. Deputy Philip Woodhouse was duly appointed for the year ensuing, leaving one vacancy on the Sub-Committee.

 

The Chair and Deputy Chair would assume ex-officio roles on both sub-committees as per their Terms of Reference.

 

The Town Clerk then verbally updated the Board on matters concerning the Education Board’s appointments to the City of London Academies Trust (COLAT) Board of Trustees.

 

In January 2016, the Court of Common Council resolved that the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Education Board would serve as Company Members/Trustees of COLAT. Accordingly, the new Deputy Chair, Caroline Haines, will in her own right, be appointed to the COLAT, effective immediately.

 

In October 2017, the Court resolved to amend its resolution of January 2016, to permit a representative/nominee of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Education Board to serve as Company Member/Trustee of the City of London Academies Trust, where the original candidate is not able to serve.

 

The new Chair, Ann Holmes, has indicated to me that she does not feel able to serve on the COLAT Board of Trustees and instead wishes to

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9.

Public outstanding Actions pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Report of the Town Clerk.

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Minutes:

Members received a report of the Town Clerk regarding the Boards public outstanding actions.

 

RESOLVED, that the report be noted.

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10.

COVID-19 Update

Director of Community and Children’s Services to be heard.

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Minutes:

Members heard an update from the Director of Community and Children’s Services regarding COVID-19 as part of the following agenda item (item 11).

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11.

The New Normal: Schooling After Covid-19 pdf icon PDF 738 KB

Director of Community and Children’s Services to be heard.

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Minutes:

Members received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services regarding the New Normal: Schooling after COVID-19. The following matters were raised in presentation:

 

·         The City Family of Schools were planning to open in September 2020 with a full cohort of pupils and staff. The aim was to provide a broad and balanced curriculum and there would be an encouragement to resume school trips within local areas.

 

·         Schools would plan for closures and re-openings if there were any local COVID outbreaks, there would also be a hybrid offer.

 

·         Adult education and apprenticeships were being delivered online and this was also due to move into a hybrid model of online and face to face tuition.

 

·         Risk assurance training would be issued in September.

 

·         Members were particularly concerned about the most disadvantaged children who were likely to have received less home schooling during the lockdown period.

·         An independent review had been commissioned into the new normal: schooling after COVID-19. 

 

·         Following questions from Members, the Board was reassured that comprehensive training would be available for teachers around safety. There had also been a considerable amount of additional resource from the Department for Education on mental health support for both children and teaches, with more to come in due course.

 

·         Key areas for COLAT were curriculum catch-up and the parallel learning. Schools’ provision of hybrid learning had ramped up and a substantial programme would be delivered to children in isolation, with clear emphasis around expectations on their participation.

 

·         A query was raised on the Education Board’s involvement, if any, with the Chair of Policy & Resources work on COVID-19 Hidden Heroes. This would be explored outside of the meeting.

 

·         The presentation was noted and the final review would come to the Board in the autumn.

 

RESOLVED, that the report be noted.

 

 

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12.

Education, Cultural and Creative Learning and Skills Annual Action Plan 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services regarding the Education, Cultural and Creative Learning and Skills Annual Action Plan 2020/21.

 

RESOLVED, that the report be noted.

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13.

Education Board Revenue Outturn 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Joint report of the Chamberlain and Director of Community and Children’s Services.

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Minutes:

Members received a report joint of the Chamberlain and Director of Community and Children’s Services regarding the Education Board’s Revenue Outturn 2019/20.

 

RESOLVED, that the report be noted.

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14.

Education Board Budget Update for 2020/21 Financial Year pdf icon PDF 198 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

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Minutes:

Members received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services regarding the Education Board’s Budget update for the 2020/21 Financial Year.

 

RESOLVED, that the report be noted.

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15.

City Premium Grant Allocations 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 121 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

 

To be read in conjunction with the non-public appendix at item 31 of the agenda.

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Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Director of Community & Children’s Services regarding the 2020/21 City Premium Grant Allocations.

 

The figure assigned to Newham Collegiate Sixth Form (NCS) was clarified as a comma fell in the wrong place. The Proposed City Premium Grant 2020/21 for NCS should read 150,000.

 

It was noted that the second recommendation on the £330k supplementary City Premium Grant could be considered by the Policy & Resources Committee under urgency procedures. A decision would not, therefore, need to wait until their September meeting as the report header indicated.

 

RESOLVED, that

·         The release of City Premium Grant funding to City academies for academic year 2020/21 be approved as per Schedule 1 below:

 

Schedule 1 – Proposed City Premium Grant funding to City academies.

Academy

School Allocation[1]

Proposed City Premium Grant 2020/21

Galleywall Primary School

60,000

59,676

Redriff Primary School

100,000

100,000

City of London Primary Academy Islington

40,000

39,514

City of London Academy Southwark

250,000

250,000

City of London Academy Highbury Grove

250,000

249,910

City of London Academy Highgate Hill

200,000

199,823

City of London Academy Shoreditch Park

140,000

95,200

City of London Academy Islington

250,000

250,000

The City Academy Hackney

250,000

250,000

Newham Collegiate Sixth Form

150,000

150,000

Total

1,690,000

1,644,123

 

·         The supplementary City Premium Grant funding to academies to address educational gaps due to COVID-19 apportioned to academies as per Schedule 2 below, be endorsed for onward approval by the Policy & Resources Committee under urgency procedures.

 

Schedule 2 – Proposed supplementary City Premium Grant funding based on schools’ number of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding

Academy

Proposed supplementary funding

Galleywall Primary School

5,000

Redriff Primary School

10,000

City of London Primary Academy Islington

5,000

City of London Academy Southwark

70,000

City of London Academy Highbury Grove

60,000

City of London Academy Highgate Hill

25,000

City

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16.

Grant Report - City Educational Trust Fund (290840) & City of London Corporation Combined Education Charity (312836) pdf icon PDF 144 KB

Report of the Chief Grants Officer.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Head of Grants regarding the City Educational Trust Fund and City of London Corporation Combined Education Charity.

 

Both Members and officers were disappointed that the City was not in a position to make any awards in 2020 but that this decision was necessary to enable the charities to recoup income for 2021.

 

Following a question, Members were assured that applications would be directed to other funds and sources of support. There was a lot available and applicants would also be encouraged to reapply next year.

 

RESOLVED, that

 

·         the Central Grants Programme eligibility criteria be noted;

 

·         the budget be noted and the closing of the Education and Employment Programme of the Central Grants Programme until April 2021 be approved.

 

·         the recommendation to reject all of the applications received to the April 2020 round of the Education and Employment Programme, be approved.

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17.

Governor Appointments Update pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

 

To be read in conjunction with the non-public appendices at item 32 of the agenda.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services regarding the Governor appointments update. The following matters were raised:

 

·         Members requested that officers consider providing some new governor induction training (including some safeguarding training) early in the academic year.

 

·         Members were informed that some of the Governing Bodies of the Family of Schools were still carrying vacancies for September. The City was striving to fill those places with candidates that met any skills gaps on each Board, whilst encouraging a diverse membership.

 

·         A number of governor terms were due to end in August 2020, this was because a number of governors had been appointed when COLAT was first established. Efforts were being made to ensure that vacancies were better staggered in future. Some larger governing bodies would also likely be reduced in size.

 

·         It was noted that some updates were needed for City of London Academy Islington. It was the hope of the Chair of the Education Board and the Chair of COLAT, that a more up-to-date process for this reporting may be available to Members in future.

 

RESOLVED, that

 

·         the appointment of Mary Robey as Chair of Governors to the Local Governing Body of City of London Primary Academy Islington (CoLPAI), be approved;

 

·         the appointment of Martin Jermyn as Chair of Governors to the Local Governing Body of City of London Academy Highbury Grove (CoLAHG), be approved;

 

·         the appointment of Shravan Joshi as Chair of Governors to the Local Governing Body of City of London Academy Southwark (CoLAS), be approved;

 

·         the appointment of Bethan Ferguson, Ann Holmes and Mary Robey to the Local Governing Body of CoLPAI, be noted;

 

·         the appointment of Colette Bowe, Joe Caluori, Maggie Elliott and Rachel Sherman to the Local Governing Body of

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18.

Education Activities Update pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services regarding the City’s Education Activities update.

 

The Deputy Chair took the opportunity for those representing stakeholders across the Family of Schools, to issue their thanks for the London Careers Festival. No group was left unsupported. Gratitude was also given to officers within the Corporation and other stakeholders who assisted with the LCF 2020 sessions.

 

RESOLVED, that the report be noted.

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19.

School Places and Demand Projections pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report from the Director of Community and Children’s Services regarding school places and demand projections.

 

RESOLVED, that the report be noted.

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20.

City of London Academies Trust, Academies Development Programme - Update pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

 

To be read in conjunction with the non-public appendices at item 33 of the agenda.

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Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services regarding the City of London Academies Trust, academies development programme update.

 

Clarification was sought over whether it was the Education Board or COLAT that needed to approve the role of KPMG and City, University of London as ‘Strategic Partners’. It was noted that agreement was being sought from the CEO, Chair and Deputy Chair of COLAT (on behalf of the Trust), along with the Director of Community and Children’s Services, Chair and Deputy Chair of the Education Board (on behalf of the sponsor). Once the two co-sponsored academies had transferred, these sorts of matters would simply be for the consideration of COLAT.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

·         the progress of academy capital builds be noted;

 

·         the Legal Due Diligence reports for the City of London Academy Islington (COLAI) and The City Academy Hackney (TCAH) to inform the CoLAT Board of Directors’/Trustees’ decision to transfer these academies undertakings into CoLAT, be noted;

 

·         the necessary resolutions required to be approved by the CoLAT Board to accept the transfer of the COLAI and TCAH undertakings into CoLAT by 1 September 2020, be noted.

 

·         the proposed membership of the new COLAI and TCAH Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) which was outside the ‘model’ for CoLAT’s LGBs governing bodies as previously endorsed by the City of London Corporation, be approved;

 

·         Russell Willmer be appointed as Chair to the COLAI LGB and Dawn Elliott as Chair to the TCAH LGB;

 

·         City, University of London in respect of COLAI, and KPMG in respect of TCAH, should continue as ‘Strategic Partners’ to these academies after the undertakings are transferred to CoLAT, and authority be delegated to Director of Community and Children’s Services [in consultation with the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Education Board and Policy & Resources Committee] to

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20a

Appendix 4 - COLAT Board Resolution to accept COLAI pdf icon PDF 85 KB

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20b

Appendix 5 - COLAT Board resoluton to accept TCAH pdf icon PDF 85 KB

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20c

Appendix 6 - COLAI Governing Body Constitution pdf icon PDF 105 KB

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20d

Appendix 7 - TCAH Governing Body Constitution pdf icon PDF 151 KB

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21.

Report of Action Taken Between meetings pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Report of the Town Clerk.

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Minutes:

Members received a report of the Town Clerk regarding action taken between meetings.

 

It was noted that the Board had regularly discussed the subject of summer schools, and whilst COVID-19 had established a need for a summer programme in 2020, there was a desire to rebalance teaching in the academic year so the matter did not have to be revisited again in future.

 

RESOLVED, that the report be noted.

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22.

Questions on Matters Relating to the Work of the Board

Minutes:

There were no questions.

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23.

Any Other Business that the Chairman Considers Urgent

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

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24.

Exclusion of the Public

MOTION - That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED – That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act as follows.

 

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33a

Appendix 1 - Academies Capital Programme Overview

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33b

Appendix 2 - Due Diligence Report - COLAI

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33c

Appendix 3 - Due Diligence Report - TCAH

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33d

Appendix 8 - Memorandum of Understanding City - University of London, City of London Academies Trust, and City of London Corporation

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33e

Appendix 9 - TCAH - Support from KPMG

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