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10 September 2014

Pupil premium for young carers

At the Council meeting on 10 September 2014,  it was:



This Council notes the educational attainment gap that exists between those who are young carers and other pupils in terms of school attendance and achievement.

This Council therefore asks the Leader to write to the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, and the Minister of State for Schools, the Rt Hon David Laws MP, requesting that a response is given to whether a fund similar to that of the pupil premium could be considered for young carers.


A response has been received from Rt Hon David Laws MP:


Information from SHE Unit


At the Council meeting on 10 September 2014, information was requested on the number of teachers assaulted in the course of their duties.   The following information has been provided by the Council's SHE Unit:


The Council's SHE Enterprise data base records 'assaults against teachers' which includes teachers and teaching assistants but not school support staff. The data only relates to local authority maintained schools and not academies.  It is dependent on self reporting by schools. None of the 'assaults' involved aggression from parents, trespassers etc. Assaults include verbal, physical and biting. A new data base is being introduced which will have improve the quality of information being entered.


The data for 2013/14 records incidents in 5 primary schools. These arose from pupils behaving badly (tantrums) and throwing objects or kicking a teacher. There were no reports from secondary schools.


Only 4 Special Schools regularly report on the SHE data base. Other schools keep their own local records on another data base. There were 177 incidents recorded by the 4 Special Schools. Special Schools have measures in place to calm situations and use appropriate restraint.


Alternative Provision Schools (previously called Pupil Referral Units) reported 7 incidents.


Motion 720 - Residual Waste Contract with Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB)



a)        This Council notes that since May 2013 two motions have been passed by this Council on Javelin Park, both proposed by the Labour Group.  The first motion established the Plan B Working Group which was asked to 'consider alternatives to the current proposals for a waste incinerator at Javelin Park, to be available in the event that the Council's current contract proposal with UBB ultimately fails'.  The second motion endorsed ' the view of the Planning Committee given on 21 March 2013 and instructs our Chief Executive as part of the inquiry process to write to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to strongly reiterate that view'.  The Council now instructs both the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive to send a joint letter to the Secretary of State urging him to make a decision regarding the proposal to build an incinerator at Javelin Park without delay and not to delay such a decision until after the General Election.


b)        That in the event that the Secretary of State rules in favour of the appellant that all councillors be briefed on the economic benefits of the contract with UBB; the potential costs; and the financial consequences to this Council and local taxpayers of cancelling this contract and how officers propose to fund such costs.


c)         That Council notes the establishment of the Plan B Working Group and requests that its final report is published in full and in the public domain when it is due to be completed this month.


Please see the briefing below detailing action following the motion

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