The conclusions and recommendations of the Children and Young Peoples Learning Scrutiny Panel were outlined following a scrutiny investigation of School Holiday Provision.
A discussion took place regarding School Holiday periods and how some academies in Middlesbrough had extended their Summer Holiday provision from six to seven weeks. It was agreed that OSB would contact the leaders of the relevant academies to ascertain the initiatives rationale and its impact on the well-being of children and their families.
A discussion took place regarding how the recommendations could be strengthened to include input from different Council Services. It was agreed that the Chair of the Children and Young Peoples Learning Scrutiny Panel, along with the relevant Democratic Services Officer, would amend recommendation e) of the report.
The Chair thanked the Children and Young Peoples Learning Scrutiny Panel, and Democratic Services Officer, for the work undertaken on producing the report.
The Children and Young Peoples Learning Scrutiny Panel recommended to the Executive:
a) Commitment from Middlesbrough Council to support the funding bid to the Department for Education (DfE) Holiday Activities and Food Research Fund.
b) That Middlesbrough Council works in partnership with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to bid for the DfE Holiday Activities and Food Research Funding.
c) Middlesbrough Council to provide a named Officer within the Council to support the development of a bid to the DfE Holiday Activities and Food Research Fund and to support the growth of the Feast of Fun project.
d) Encourage active partnerships with Middlesbrough Environment City to grow skills in the local community
e) Ensure relevant Council departments are aware of the benefits of the Feast of Fun Project (Childrens Social Care, Education, Public Health, Community Safety) and recommend that budgets are scrutinised to support the Feast of Fun Project to continue and grow.
f) Director of Education to have creative conversations with schools to encourage them to run holiday provision from schools by promoting the Pennyman Primary School Holiday provision as a model of good practice.
g) To examine procurement of Middlesbrough Council contracts to ensure that potential enrichment activities include the provision to support vulnerable children.
h) To actively collaborate with volunteers from Teesside University and the voluntary sector to provide support for the Feast of Fun and other initiatives to support vulnerable children.
i) To continue collaboration with the Primary School Network.
j) The Executive to endorse the recommendation that the Council provides substantive financial support to the Feast of Fun project to enable it to continue and grow.
k) To explore need and potential provision for secondary school age young people.
l)Signposting and publicity on school holiday provision to be available on the Councils website, Love Middlesbrough magazine and other appropriate media, subject to the funding bid being successful.
m) That information on available school holiday provision to be circulated to all Chairs of School Governing Bodies, subject to the funding bid being successful.
That the findings and recommendations of the Children and Young Peoples Learning Scrutiny Panel be endorsed and referred to the Executive.
That OSB contact Academies that extended their Summer Holidays to seven weeks, to establish if implicationsto well-being had been fully considered.
That the Chair of the Panel, in consultation with the relevant officer, amend recommendation e) to ensure that service areas recognise the importance of the project and that investment/financial support is encouraged from across the Council. Furthermore, that the Board receives a report by July 2019, which will enable Members to assess whether the project is receiving sufficient support.