Lead Councillor for Education


(1)        To develop, promote, and implement policies, strategies, and procedural arrangements for the provision of the Council's educational institutions, including the Council’s scheme for the financing of schools.


(2)        To work with the Director for Children, Education & Early Help and the Chief Executive and Chair of Brighter Futures for Children to establish the Children’s Company for Reading and be accountable for its delivery of the Education functions of the authority covered by the contract.


(3)        To ensure the effective commissioning and clienting of the contract with ‘Brighter Futures for Children’ for the delivery of the following functions of the Council as Local Education Authority covered by the service contract:


·         Planning of school places

·         School admissions and appeals

·         Elective Education

·         Commissioning high needs places

·         School Improvement, including Governor Support, Advisory Services and Educational Welfare

·         School Improvement Support, including Careers Advice, Occupational Health


(4)        To ensure the provision of the following education services:


·         Maintenance and development of maintained school buildings, including capital schemes for new school buildings

·         The Academisation programme, including conducting competitions for new Free schools

·         Finance/IT support for schools, including the management of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG)

·         New Directions Service

·         Home to school transport


(5)        To oversee the development and implementation of the following corporate strategies and policies, in conjunction with Brighter Futures for Children where appropriate:


·         Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Strategy (with Children)

·         Adult Learning Plan

·         School Improvement Strategy

·         Berkshire Post-16 Partnership plan


(6)        To work in partnership with Brighter Futures for Children, neighbouring local education authorities, maintained schools, Academies, Free schools, the Regional Schools Commissioner and other educational providers to promote high educational standards and opportunities within Reading and for Reading children, and to ensure that the Council as local education authority is able to meet its statutory duties to ensure the effective education of all local children.


(7)        To co-ordinate and monitor the nomination and/or the appointment of Borough representatives on School Governing and other Educational Bodies.


(8)        To be consulted on, and oversee and monitor, the responses by Brighter Futures for Children to inspections and consultation undertaken by external bodies eg DfE, Ofsted and the LGA on education provision by schools in Reading, and provision outside Reading affecting residents in Reading.


(9)        To promote good community relations and consultation, with particular reference to the following partnerships and key stakeholders in the Education Service, parents, governors, teachers and the voluntary sector:


·         Children’s Trust

·         Berkshire Post-16 Partnership


(10)     To monitor and challenge Brighter Futures for Children and schools with regard to:


·         Standards and attainment

·         Inclusion

·         Budgets

·         Ofsted outcomes to be good or outstanding


(11)      To be responsible for the following environmental health and public protection legislation and services within the Borough:


·         Environmental education and health promotion (with Health, Wellbeing & Sport)

·         School Transport Drivers’ Licences


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