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									                                                                                                                                                                                                           ANNEX 1

Scheme of delegation to Chief Officers

Decisions delegated to the Director of Education

Decision   Power to be delegated                                 Nominated Officers                                      No. of cases and costs (where applicable) in the 2004/05 academic year
record No.
H3         To approve Local Education Authority                  Assistant Director of Education (School                 140 new instruments of government were approved.
           representatives on school governing bodies and to     Improvement); Head of School Improvement                The appointment of local authority representatives is the subject of discrete Portfolio
           make orders to approve or revise the instrument of    Strategy and Policy; Governor Services Officer          reports.
           government for LEA maintained schools.
H4         To regulate the employment of children and young      Principal Education Welfare Officer and all officers    949 children were issued with work permits for employment under the byelaws; 533
           persons in accordance with relevant legislation and   employed in the Education Welfare Service               children were licensed to perform in entertainment.
           bye-laws.                                                                                                     [This is a regulatory power and, as such, a separate report has to be made to the
                                                                                                                         Planning and Licensing Committee].
H6         To administer any educational foundations and         Assistant Director of Education (School and             Two applications were received for financial support from the Granby Trust (need
           endowments on behalf of the County Council in         Community Services); Head of Local Education            details). (This is a charitable trust, administered by the local authority, for the benefit
           accordance with their relevant schemes of             Services; Head of 14 – 19 Strategy and Lifelong         of children and young people living in the parish of Granby-cum-Sutton).
           administration.                                       Learning; Lifelong Learning Manager                     The financial support for one applicant was £25 as a contribution towards music
                                                                                                                         tuition, and the other amounted to £171 for the purchase of study books.
H7         To make any decisions in relation to financial        Assistant Director of Education (Inclusion Services);   a) 1,248 pupils were assisted with clothing and footwear expenses under the local
           assistance to pupils as allowable under relevant      Assistant Director (School and Community                     authority’s scheme of support, at a total cost of £74,475.
           legislation.                                          Services); Head of Local Education Services; Head            [Please note: these payments related to the 2004/05 financial year, as such
                                                                 of 14 – 19 Strategy and Lifelong Learning; Head of           assistance is made on a financial not academic year basis]
                                                                 SEN Strategic Services; Head of Performance             b) 64 school access grants for post-16 students were approved at a cost of £25,062.
                                                                 Standards and Business Support (School and                   This support is funded through a ring fenced Standards Fund allocation.
                                                                 Community Services); Senior Education Officers;
                                                                 Local Education Officers; Lifelong Learning
                                                                 Manager; Student Finance Officer
H8         To exercise the power delegated to the Local          Head of 14 – 19 Strategy and Lifelong Learning;         Financial support for higher education courses was approved as follows:
           Education Authority to determine support for          Lifelong Learning Manager; Student Finance Officer       38 students for repeat courses.
           students on designated courses.                                                                                2 students – transferring from HND to first or second year of a degree course.
                                                                                                                          10 late applications.
                                                                                                                          5 students – requesting continued support following an interruption of studies e.g.
                                                                                                                             for reasons of illness.
                                                                                                                          7 students – seeking tuition fee support for a second course.
                                                                                                                         No applications were refused.
                                                                                                                         None of the approved cases involved any cost to the local authority as funding is
                                                                                                                         made available through the student support scheme (100% grant, paid through the
                                                                                                                         student loans company).
H9         To institute, defend and conduct on the County        Principal Education Welfare Officer; Senior             211 cases; £4,340 court costs were awarded to the local authority by the
           Council’s behalf any proceedings in courts of         Education Welfare Officers                              magistrates.
           summary jurisdiction relating to non-school                                                                   Additionally 26 penalty notices were issued by the local authority in relation to
           attendance of a pupil or employment of children and                                                           unsatisfactory school attendance, generating the collection of £450 in penalty
           young persons.                                                                                                payments.
H11        To discharge the LEA’s duty in respect of excluded    Senior Education Officers; Local Education Officers     There were 148 permanent exclusions in 2004/05. Each pupil will have had an
           pupils.                                                                                                       individual education plan issued by the local authority.




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Decision   Power to be delegated                                    Nominated Officers                                   No. of cases and costs (where applicable) in the 2004/05 academic year
record No.
H12           To make any decision under and in accordance with     Head of Local Education Services; Head of SEN        a) Home to school transport : full travel costs were paid in 8,034 cases (7,872
              relevant legislation in respect of transport          Strategic Services; Special Educational Needs           involving the issuing of free bus passes and 162 where grants in lieu of a free
              arrangements and expenses for the purposes for        Officers; Assistant Special Educational Needs           pass were paid). Part costs were approved in 1,171 cases. 327 pupils with
              enabling access to education for children and young   Officers; Transport Officer; Technical Officers         special transport needs were provided with special transport to mainstream or
              persons.                                              (Environment Department)                                special schools – an increase of 75 cases (30%) over 2003/04. The home to
                                                                                                                            school transport budget for non-special transport is held by the Environment
                                                                                                                            Department and is currently £5.409 million. The budget for special transport
                                                                                                                            cases is held by the Education Department and totals £4.512 million.
                                                                                                                         b) Home to college transport : 104 cases were approved for special transport, at a
                                                                                                                            total cost of £329,033. 12 applications for support were refused.
H13           To make any decision in relation to special           Assistant Director (Inclusion Services); Principal   A wide range of decisions were made in relation to children and young persons with
              educational needs of children and young persons       Educational Psychologist/Head of SEN Support         special educational needs (SEN):
              under the duties and powers conferred by relevant     Services; Head of Education Otherwise than at         38 notices were served on parents to the effect that the local authority was
              legislation.                                          School; Head of SEN Strategic Services; Special         considering carrying out a statutory assessment of their children’s SEN.
                                                                    Educational Needs Officers; Assistant Special         128 notices were served on parents to the effect that the local authority had
                                                                    Educational Needs Officers; Head of Home                decided to carry out a statutory assessment of their children’s SEN; 56 notices
                                                                    Education Service; Head of Pupil Referral Units;        were served on parents to the effect that the local authority had decided not to
                                                                    Head of Tailor Made Education                           carry out such assessments.
                                                                                                                          131 decisions were made to make statements of SEN; 3 decisions were made
                                                                                                                            not to make such statements.
                                                                                                                          7 requests were approved from parents for a reassessment of children for whom
                                                                                                                            statements were maintained by the authority.
                                                                                                                          157 decisions were made, on requests received from parents, to carry out a
                                                                                                                            statutory assessment for children for whom the local authority did not maintain a
                                                                                                                            statement of SEN.
                                                                                                                          2 decisions were made to make an assessment and/or make a statement of SEN
                                                                                                                            for children under two years of age.
                                                                                                                          195 notices were served on parents requiring their children’s attendance for
                                                                                                                            examination as part of the statutory procedure to assess the children’s SEN.
                                                                                                                          20 decisions were made in response to requests from parents of children for
                                                                                                                            whom statements were maintained to change the name of the school named in
                                                                                                                            the statement.
                                                                                                                          137 decisions were made either to amend or not amend statements of SEN.
                                                                                                                          8 decisions were made to cease to maintain statements of SEN.
                                                                                                                          12 appeals by parents in relation to SEN matters were defended by the local
                                                                                                                            authority at the SEN and Disability Tribunal. Of these, 6 appeals were upheld, 5
                                                                                                                            withdrawn and one dismissed.
                                                                                                                          10 children with SEN were placed by the local authority at non-maintained special
                                                                                                                            schools or at independent schools under arrangements approved by the
                                                                                                                            Secretary of State, at a total cost of £288,068 per annum.
                                                                                                                          184 children unable to attend school for medical reasons, pregnancy or anxiety
                                                                                                                            related conditions, were provided with home education.
                                                                                                                          274 pupils who were either permanently excluded or had other behaviour
                                                                                                                            difficulties were provided with education in pupil referral units or off-site, e.g. at
                                                                                                                            colleges of further education or through the local authority’s tailor made
                                                                                                                            programmes team.

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