Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
(a) That the online and written responses to the consultation, and feedback given through public meetings, in particular the high level of support received for the development of new Special Educational Needs and Disabilities provisions, be noted;
(b) That the Director of Children and Family Services be requested to take the views of the Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee (due to meet on 4 June) into account in developing the provision;
(c) That the fact that there have been no objections made to the Statutory Notice (published on 4 April 2019) setting out proposals for the development of new SEND provision in maintained schools be noted;
(d) That the Director of Children and Family Services, following consultation with the Cabinet Lead Member for Children, Families and Safer Communities, be authorised to agree a shortlist of potential academy trusts to be recommended to the Department for Education (Regional Schools Commissioner) for a decision on a preferred Trust to operate the new 80-place Communication and Interaction school to open in Barwell in September 2020.
REASONS FOR DECISION:
The public consultation exercise closed on 31 March and has received a very positive response. Consideration of the responses received is helping to further guide the development of the new SEND provisions and provide assurance for the Council that the actions proposed are appropriate. The Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee will receive a report on the proposals on 4 June 2019.
Seeking expressions of interest from suitable academy proposers (sponsors) to operate the new Communication and Interaction school in Barwell, is in keeping with the requirements placed upon the Council by section 6A (the Free School Presumption) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006, as introduced by the Education Act 2011.
Authorising the Director to decide on the shortlist of potential academy sponsors to be recommended to the Regional Schools Commissioner, will enable an early decision to be taken, to ensure that the process for the new school remains on schedule for September 2020 opening.
Divisions Affected: (All Divisions);
Report author: Director of Children and Family Services
Publication date: 24/05/2019
Date of decision: 24/05/2019
Decided at meeting: 24/05/2019 - Cabinet