Agenda and minutes

Extraordinary Meeting, Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Friday, 26th February, 2021 10.00 am, NEW

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Joel Hammond-Gant  Tel: 01270 686468 Email:

Link: Meeting recording

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


There were no apologies for absence.


Minutes of Previous meeting pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 25 January 2021.





That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 25 January 2021, be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.


There were no declarations of interest.


Whipping Declarations

To provide an opportunity for Members to declare the existence of a party whip in relation to any item on the agenda


There were no declarations of a party whip.


Public Speaking/Open Session

A total period of 15 minutes is allocated for members of the public to make a statement(s) on any matter that falls within the remit of the Committee. Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes, but the Chairman will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned, where there are a number of speakers.


Members of the public wishing to make a statement to the committee are asked to provide notice up to three working days in advance of the meeting.


There were no members of the public present who wished to speak.


Covid-19 Update

To receive the standing update on Covid-19 through a verbal report.


The committee gave consideration to a verbal update on the current position in respect of Covid-19 and the work undertaken by the council to respond and recover from it, as well as what preparatory work had taken place following the Prime Minister’s 22 February announcement that schoolchildren would return to classroom learning from 8 March.


Members asked questions and put comments in relation to;


·         what guidance had been issued by government on the requirement for pupils to wear face coverings in classrooms and/or on school grounds;

·         whether or how schools may enforce the government guidance on pupils wearing face coverings;

·         how the council and its schools planned to try and encourage children and young people to follow social distancing guidance when commuting to and from school;

·         how the in-school Covid-19 testing would be carried out;

·         whether entire classes or year groups would be required to self-isolate for a certain period of time following the report of a pupil receiving a positive Covid-19 test result; and

·         how the council had engaged with schools about adhering to and enforcing government guidance that parents should not enter school premises unless invited to do so.


The committee was also updated on the current national position in respect of vaccinations of foster carers, and noted that teachers of special schools had begun to be vaccinated.




That the update be received and noted.


Cheshire East Dedicated Schools Grant

To consider a presentation on the Dedicated Schools Grant for Cheshire East.


Consideration was given to the council’s Dedicated Schools Grant Management Plan 2021/22 to 2024/25, which was due to be presented to Cabinet for decision on 9 March 2021.


Members asked questions and put comments in relation to;


·         whether any work had been undertaken by the council and partners to understand why the number of Early Help and Care Plans (EHCPs) had increased;

·         how Early Years services could be supported to combat the growing number of EHCPs in the borough and ensure longer-term sustainability within Children’s Services;

·         how engaged academy schools had been with the council to support its Access to Send Services Strategy;

·         how the council had managed, or put in place provisions to manage, projected increases in demand on services; and

·         whether service provision was equitable across the borough and what planned work had been put in place to address any inequalities identified.




1          That the update be noted.


2          That the documentation presented to committee, as well as the forthcoming Cabinet (9 March) papers, be circulated to committee members outside of the meeting.




Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 189 KB

To review the council’s Forward Plan of key decisions.


Consideration was given to the council’s Forward Plan of key decisions.




That the Forward Plan be noted.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To review the committee’s work programme.

Additional documents:


The committee reviewed its work programme.




That the work programme be agreed.