Cabinet Member Report
City of Westminster
Cabinet Member: Children’s Services
Classification: For General Release
Title of Report: Developing Extended Services in Westminster
Report of: Deputy Chief Executive, Children and Community
Wards involved: All
Policy context: Improving outcomes for children and young people in
line with the objectives of Every Child Matters.
Responsive, locally-based services for families
accessed through extended schools are at the heart
of Westminster’s developing children’s trust
Financial summary: The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) has
allocated Standards Fund and General Sure Start
grant funding over 2006-8 as follows:
Capital 2006-8: £368,389
Revenue 2006-08: £923,310
Improvement Programme: £186,000
Financial Regulation 20 approval is sought for minor
capital schemes in targeted primary schools
amounting to £368,389
Report Author: Kerry Crichlow, Change for Children Programme
Contact details 0207 641 2273 firstname.lastname@example.org
1.1 This report sets out proposals to enable all children, young people and their
families to access a range of services and activities, often beyond the school
day, by developing extended services in Westminster schools.
1.2 Extended schools are key to delivering the objectives set out in Every Child
Matters to improve outcomes for all children and young people through
access to high quality childcare wrapped around the school day, access to
health and family support services often on-site, and increased access for the
local community to sports, arts and ICT facilities in schools.
1.3 By 2010 the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) expects all schools
to be extended schools, providing access to a core offer of services and
activities to help met the needs of children, their families and the wider
community. This is consistent with the community ambition set out in
Westminster’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) proposals. There are
strong links between the Extended Schools and Children’s Centre
programmes, with the common core objective of delivering integrated,
seamless services to children and their families.
1.4 Over 2006-8 additional grant funding is provided to local authorities and direct
to schools to support the development of extended services. Local authorities
are required to release this kick-start funding against a strategic plan for
developing extended services across the community, following wide
consultation and taking into account levels of services already provided.
1.5 Additional capital and revenue funding of £368,389 and £923,310 respectively
has been allocated to the City Council for 2006- 2008 through the Standards
Fund and General Sure Start Grants.
1.6 The proposals take account of the role of the Local Authority as the
accountable strategic lead for developing children’s services, bringing
together local partners, both statutory and non-statutory, in order to improve
outcomes for children and young people.
2.1 That the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services approves the strategic
approach set out in Appendix 1 of this report, the Developing Extended
School Services Strategy.
2.2 That the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services approves under Financial
Regulation 20, expenditure for minor capital works in the seven primary
schools that are Children’s Centre lead settings in the sum of £368,369 over
the two years 2006-2008 as set out in Appendix 2.
2.3 That a further report be submitted in October 2006 detailing the alignment of
the capital expenditure with the Sure Start Children’s Centres Capital Grant in
the seven primary schools.
2.4 That the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services approves the allocation of
General Sure Start Grant revenue funding to schools as set out in Appendix 3.
3. Background Information
3.1 An extended school is one that recognises that it cannot work alone in
helping children and young people to achieve their potential. By working in
partnership with other agencies that provide services which contribute to
improved outcomes for children and young people and with the local
community extended schools aim to help meet not only the schools’
objectives but also to help meet the wider needs of children, young people,
families and their community.
3.2 Following consultation with the school and wider community to determine
needs, extended schools are expected to make access to the following core
offer available to parents and carers:
3.2.1 High quality wraparound childcare provided on the school site or
through other local providers, with supervised transfer arrangements
where appropriate, available 8am — 6pm all year round.
3.2.2 A varied menu of activities including homework clubs and study
support, sport, music tuition, dance and drama, arts and crafts, special
interest clubs such as chess and volunteering, business and enterprise
3.2.3 Parenting support including information sessions for parents at key
transition points, parenting programmes run with the support of other
children's services and family learning sessions to allow children to
learn with their parents.
3.2.4 Swift and easy referral to a wide range of specialist support services
such as speech therapy, child and adolescent mental health services,
family support services, intensive behaviour support, and (for young
people) sexual health services. Some may be delivered on school
3.2.5 Providing wider community access to ICT, sports and arts facilities
including adult learning.
3.3 By 2010 the DfES expects all schools to be extended schools, with half of
primary and a third of secondary schools providing access to the full core offer
3.4 Inner London authorities were set an additional target of 15% of schools
extended schools by September 2006. Westminster achieved this target in
4. Improving outcomes for children and young people
4.1 Extended schools are a key part of the school improvement process.
Extended services and activities contribute to raised standards for pupils,
create opportunities for learners of all ages, and support community cohesion
and regeneration. The programme also offers opportunities to implement the
National Service Framework (NSF) for children, young people and maternity
services, a key driver for the Primary Care Trust and the Children and Young
People’s Strategic Partnership as set out in the Children and Young People’s
4.2 By bringing services together at a local level the Extended Schools
programme will help the Westminster City Partnership achieve the local
priorities for improvement identified in the Local Area Agreement and the
Children and Young People’s Plan, listed here against the top-level outcomes
for Every Child Matters:
For children and young people to lead healthier lifestyles
For children and young people to feel safer and more secure
Enjoy & Achieve
For secondary school pupils to achieve more academically
Make a Positive Contribution
For children and young people to demonstrate more positive
behaviour in and out of school
Achieve Economic Well-Being
For young people to have better prospects on leaving school
4.3 The DfES expects that by 2010 all schools will be extended schools, with half
of primary and a third of secondary schools providing access to the core offer
4.4 The Extended Schools programme will contribute to the achievement of
Westminster’s education vision for the Building Schools for the Future
“Westminster’s vision for a world-class learning city places
schools at the heart of learning communities. Children, young
people and adults have access to stimulating, effective and
enabling learning and recreation. People of all ages have access
to teaching, coaching, training, development and resources at the
time and place they need it. The local neighbourhood and
community contribute to education and education to the
community and neighbourhood”.
5. Developing integrated delivery
5.1 The Extended Schools and Children’s Centre programmes are building blocks
for integrating services for children, young people and families at
neighbourhood level. Co-locating services in children's centres, extended
schools and health settings will mean more professionals working closely
together, able to recognise the additional needs of individuals early and
handle issues effectively. This will mean:
More efficient use of practitioner time, through quicker, accurate
Earlier intervention, often within schools, linked to a the common
assessment framework that identifies emerging needs
More effective targeting of specialist services for children who need them
including, where a child has complex needs, a lead professional linking the
child to multi-agency support
5.2 The development of integrated services based in schools and other universal
settings is at the heart of the Westminster’s developing children’s trust
5.3 At a local level, schools and their partners will determine the services to be
developed, drawing on the audits of provision completed in 2005 and paying
particular attention to the outcomes of consultation with local stakeholders -
pupils, parents and carers and agencies. Schools and their partners will
develop services and activities against the following principles:
Target resources at gaps and priorities identified in the audits at school
and local level to avoid unnecessary duplication.
Schools to dedicate School Standards Grant resources to match kick-start
Where appropriate identify opportunities to mainstream services provided
through The Children’s Fund and Behaviour Improvement Programme, as
these funding streams end in 2008.
5.4 Co-locating Children’s Centres with primary schools and aligning funding
around the common core offer for the Extended Schools and Children’s
Centre programmes will maximise the impact of these time-limited funding
6. Developing a Strategy for Extended School Services
6.1 A cross-agency strategy group was established in summer 2005 to develop a
draft strategy for extended services in Westminster Schools, as set out in
6.2 Audits of services and activities provided by schools and by statutory and non-
statutory services around schools were completed between July and
November 2005, to identify gaps in provision, build on existing strengths and
avoid unnecessary duplication.
6.3 The draft strategy was subject to thorough consultation with stakeholders and
delivery partners including schools and governors’ groups between January
and March 2006. Quintin Kynaston hosted a multi-agency consultation
conference in February 2006. Children and young people’s views gathered
through the CYP City Survey informed the development of the final strategy.
7. Local Authority Statutory Duty
7.1 Section 10 of the Children Act 2004 establishes a duty on Local Authorities to
make arrangements to promote co-operation between agencies and other
appropriate bodies such as voluntary and community organisations, in order
to improve children’s well-being, defined by reference to the five outcomes. A
duty is also placed on key statutory partners contribute to these
7.2 The Children Act 2004 also provides a new power to allow pooling of
resources in support of these arrangements.
7.3 Judgements made as part of the Joint Area Review (JAR), the new inspection
arrangements for children’s services, will comment on the role of the Local
Authority in securing high quality extended provision in the area, and the
contribution this makes to the outcomes achieved by children and young
people. In Westminster, the JAR is anticipated in the autumn of 2007.
8. Financial Implications
8.1 It is intended that all Capital and Revenue expenditure set out below is fully
funded by grant allocation from General Sure Start and Standards Fund
Grants. This is within the 2006-7 revenue and capital estimates.
8.2 Westminster Local Authority will receive time-limited grant funding to kick-start
the development of extended services in schools. The grants are to support
local authorities and schools to deliver the national targets for extended
schools. By 2010 all schools should provide access to the full extended offer,
with half of primary and a third of secondary schools reaching this target by
8.3 Grant funding is as follows:
2006-07 2007-08 Total
General Sure Start Grant
o Capital £182,099 £186,290 £368,389
o Revenue £132,965 £327,373 £460,338
o Extended Schools £231,486 £231,486 £462,972
o Targeted BIP £93,000 £93,000 £186,000
Total funding: £635,784 £834,383 £1,477,699
8.4 Allocations of capital funding amounting to £368,389 over the two years 2006-
2008 are set out in Appendix 2.
8.5 The General Sure Start Revenue Grant is a new funding stream, available
over 2006-8 to support schools and their local partners to deliver extended
services by 2010.
8.6 Targeted Behaviour Improvement Programme (BIP) funding must be allocated
to Quintin Kynaston over 2006-8 to develop as Westminster’s full-service
extended school, making the full core offer available on-site.
8.7 Kick-start grant funding is to help start up extended services. Over time these
services should become self sustainable either through charging, for childcare
for example, or through reconfiguring funding streams at local level through
children’s trusts arrangements and pooling budgets across services and
sectors to support extended services in schools.
8.8 Following consultation with Headteachers, £100,700 from the combined
revenue grants will be managed centrally by the Local Authority to provide the
following new activities not currently supported by the City Council:
An Extended Schools Programme Manager
The development and extension of the pathfinder schools programme
An on-line information and resource base
Dissemination of good practice
8.9 The remaining revenue grants will be allocated to schools using an existing
formula agreed by Westminster schools that is weighted to reflect pupil needs
and numbers in schools
8.10 Schools and their partners will determine the services to be developed,
drawing on audits of local provision, the school Self-Evaluation Form (SEF)
that identifies priorities for raising pupil achievement and paying particular
attention to the outcomes of consultation with local stakeholders.
8.11 Following changes in legislation governing bodies may use their delegated
budgets to support or subsidise extended activities that bring an educational
benefit to pupils on roll. In addition every school governing body must publish
a charging and fee remission policy, in consultation with parents, and cannot
make any charges for childcare or out-of-hours activities without such a policy
8.12 The Extended Schools Programme Manager will support governing bodies
and headteachers to plan extended services that will be self sustaining
beyond 2008. It will be the responsibility of governors, advised by
headteachers, to pick up any shortfall in funding once the current pump-
priming grants cease in March 2008.
8.13 Local authorities are required to devolve the General Sure Start Capital Grant
to primary schools to build capacity to deliver the core offer. In Westminster,
seven of the twelve Sure Start Children’s Centres are co-located with primary
schools. Following consultation with primary Headteachers, it is proposed
that the Capital Grant is allocated to these seven primary schools as set out in
Appendix 2. This will maximise the impact of limited additional resources by
joining-up funding streams across the two programme areas.
8.14 The additional resources will be deployed alongside the Children’s Centre
capital grant funding to develop schools’ physical capacity to deliver the
parenting support, community access and swift and easy referral strands of
the core offer, and make these available to neighbouring schools and their
communities. This approach is set out in section 8 of the Developing
Extended School Services Strategy, Appendix 1.
8.15 Headteachers will work up detailed spend plans for the capital allocations. A
further report will be submitted in October 2006 detailing the alignment of the
capital expenditure with the Sure Start Children’s Centres Capital Grant in the
8.16 The Local Authority will be the accountable body for the proposed
8.17 The Standards Fund allocations are included at appendix 4 for information.
8.18 From April 2007 Local Authorities will be required to forward plan capital
improvements to primary schools within the Primary capital programme to
ensure a strategic, co-ordinated approach to improving school buildings.
9. Legal Implications
9.1 The City Council has the statutory, strategic responsibility to make
arrangements to promote co-operation between partners to improve children’s
well-being, defined by reference to the five outcomes.
10. Staffing Implications
10.1 An Extended Schools Programme Manager post was established in April
2006, fixed term until March 2008, to lead and co-ordinate the development of
extended services in schools and to support schools and their local
partnerships to tackle some of the challenges identified in the schools’ audit.
11. Outstanding Issues
11.1 This report is part of a developing agenda around Every Child Matters and
Westminster’s move towards Children’s Trust arrangements.
12. Business Plan Implications
12.1 The recommendations in this report support the aims of the
Children’s Services Business Plan 2006, and the priorities and targets in the
Children and Young People’s Plan 2006-9.
13.1 The proposals in this report have the support of key partners whose
representatives sit on the Extended Schools Strategy Group. The approach
has been discussed and feedback received from a significant number of
stakeholders, including the CYPSP and primary headteachers’ executive.
13.2 Over 80 staff members from schools, statutory services and the community
and voluntary sector attended a conference at Quintin Kynaston School in
February 2006 to launch consultation on the draft strategy.
13.3 Chairs of Governors were consulted through the termly Chairs of Governors’
meeting, and governing bodies were offered input to the spring and summer
13.4 Parents, carers, pupils and local communities will have ongoing opportunities
to contribute their views following approval of the approach by the Cabinet
Member for Children’s Services. A key focus for the Extended Schools
Programme Manger is to support schools’ local consultations to inform the
further development of extended provision and activities.
14. Crime and Disorder Act
14.1 Extended schools will contribute to reducing the gap between disadvantaged
and advantaged families by contributing to improving the life chances of
children and helping parents overcome barriers to employment. The emphasis
on preventative services will support the crime reduction agenda by reducing
poverty and increasing access to learning opportunities.
15. Health and Safety Issues
15.1 There are no health and safety issues arising from this report.
16. Co-operation with Primary Care Trust (Health Authorities)
16.1 The proposals in this report have been developed in partnership with the
Westminster Primary Care Trust, through the Extended Schools Strategy
Group. Discussions will continue to ensure that planning is aligned and that
health issues are addressed in the development of both extended schools and
17. Impact on Health and Wellbeing
17.1 The proposals in this report will support the healthy development of children
and reduce the impact of poverty on their lives. They will have increased
access to integrated care and learning and statutory services will be working
more closely within the community to ensure healthy outcomes for all children.
Work will also continue to support health partners in the implementation of the
Children and Young People’s and Maternity Services National Service
Framework and to meet locally defined targets and priorities, as set out in the
18. Human Rights Act 1998
18.1 There are no Human Rights Act issues arising from this report.
19. Reasons for the Decision
19.1 The development of extended services in Westminster schools provides an
additional opportunity to maximise the impact of resources through both
children’s centres and extended schools funding streams; engage
meaningfully with schools in recognition that schools as universal providers
are at the heart of the community and work with local partners to reshape
and/or reconfigure services and opportunities to deliver the core offer for
extended schools, and to provide a seamless service to families, where and
when they need them. This is key to achieving the objectives of Every Child
Matters and improve outcomes for children and young people.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES ABOUT THIS REPORT OR WISH TO
INSPECT ANY OF THE BACKGROUND PAPERS, PLEASE CONTACT
Kerry Crichlow 020 7641 2273; EMAIL:kcrichlow@Westminster.gov.uk; FAX
NUMBER 020 7641 1946
The documents used or referred to in compiling the report were: -
1. Extended Schools: access to opportunities for all. DfES, 2005
2. Next Steps for Children’s Centres. Cabinet Member for Children’s Services,
3. Developing Westminster’s Children’s Centres. Cabinet Member for Children’s
Services, May 2006
4. Extended Schools Planning and Funding Guidance. DfES, 2006.
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