RPA Planning Group Meeting
14 December 2011, 8.30 – 10.30
Future House, Room 6
Attendees: Chris Morton, Bradford Confederations
Maggie Peel, LA Children’s Services (Chair)
Debbie Forsythe-Conroy, Bradford College
Steve Hooton, Shipley College
Darren Cooley, Buttershaw BEC & South Confederation
James Purdie, LA Children’s Services
Jenny Cryer, Prospects
Kerr Kennedy, Young Lives Bradford
John McDermott, CCIS
Bev Moxon, National Apprenticeship Service
Heather Whitehead, Keighley Campus LCC
Angela Taylor, LA Children’s Services
Kay Bottomley, LA Children’s Services
Fozia Uddin, LA Children’s Services
Lyndsey Brown, District PRU
Joanne Finn, Aspire-i
Kim Chambers, Christopher Paul Training & WYLP
Apologies: Richard Humphries, Buttershaw BEC & South Confederation
Nicki Flynn, Three Valleys Partnership
Lin Fawcett, South Bradford Vocational Centre
Steve Mulligan, Central Confederation
Matt Findull, LA Children’s Services
Phil Hunter, LA Children’s Services
Chris Kelly, University of Bradford
Item Notes Action
1. Welcome and Apologies
2. Minutes of the meeting 15 November
DfE has issued ‘KS4 and KS5 Destination Measures’. Matt Findull will cross
reference this with the proposed PIs for this group to see whether any have MF
The Bradford4Learning website needs to support all activity, and a number
of groups need to be aware of this, including elected members, head
teachers and the T&A. Jenny Cryer will discuss with Matt. MF & JC
Messages need to go out to Confederation Management Groups and there
needs to be an RPA lead person in each school. Darren Cooley and
Richard Humphries are working on this in South Confederation but there
has been no response yet from the other two confederations. Maggie Peel MP
will chase this up.
All other action points have been completed.
3. School RPA Strategy
Darren Cooley and Jenny Cryer met and agreed a two tier approach to
getting RPA messages out in schools.
Assembly powerpoint to go out to all schools. Connexions PAs will help with
Y10 ad Y11 assemblies where it is delivered.
Letters to parents
Message that can go on all schools’ websites
A set of lessons fully resourced, based on the Prospectus. Jenny will meet DC & JC
with Darren Cooley to discuss this.
The creation of a central point to share resources.
Daren will meet with South Bradford schools to mock up resources. Other DC
schools can then develop their own based on these.
Issue of whether staff are aware of RPA. They should become aware
through the student resources.
Darren has also developed a proposal to get students to buy in: a district-
wide competition to make a 90 second video selling RPA to young people
their own age. They could write a script or make a storyboard. The winner’s
video is made and used to publicise RPA. Partners to consider whether they
could offer the prize of making the video, or what the costs would be All
Darren will call a meeting in January for all schools’ IAG Leads to explain all
these activities. DC & JC
Funding will be required. Maggie Peel to include this is the RPA Report
going to Confederation Executive in January. Funding for posters, letters and
the video competition will be needed. MP
4. Bradford Learning Offer Statements
Final versions have now been prepared and need to go to schools, initially, MP
with a request to put it on the schools’ VLEs, parents’ communications, etc.
The staff statement will go out as a LA briefing. MP
FE leads will disseminate the statements to staff as CPD. DFC, SH
5. Targeted Support Action Plan
Lyndsey Brown introduced the Targeted Support Action Plan.
Needs to start with data, which Lyndsey will be discussing with Matt Findull
and John McDermott.
This work stream is particularly dependent on other work steams and other
agencies. Some groups of young people are small and hard to reach, but
nevertheless important. Across all ages there are 100 in social care that need
to come back into Bradford, including 57 in residential, also 300 in elective
home education. Young carers are self logged with Carers Resource, there are
likely to be many more than are known about. Lyndsey and Kay Bottomley will LB & KB
work on which groups of young people should be identified within the RPA
work and who has responsibility for them.
Then need to identify how to reach these groups. There may be funding
Lyndsey and Kay will complete the current version of the Action Plan. The LA LB & KB
and schools must ensure that CEIAG is available to these young people.
CCIS is seen by government as key. It will need to be used for these
The accepted definition of vulnerability is moving to being about young
people’s circumstances rather than about their behaviour.
The need for these young people to be in education or jobs with training will be
particularly demanding for some of these groups, many of whom just want a
6. RPA Self Assessment Tool
The group went through the Assessment Tool and agreed the scores for
Bradford, which had been previously proposed by the work stream leads.
Maggie will update and circulate it. MP
Provision was upgraded as the group thought that transition into provision
was more of an issue than a lack of provision.
The Assessment Tool will be considered at the Yorkshire & Humber
Learning Visit on January 17th, which will be attended by James Purdie, JC, JP &
Jenny and Maggie. MP
7. RPA Monthly Report
John McDermott presented the monthly RPA Report.
Now tending to use ‘non participation’ rather than NEET.
When calculating non participation, Y13 need to drop off the data base on JMcD
their 18th birthday. The programme needs adjusting to reflect this.
Definitions of not active NEET and LDD were clarified.
John McDermott presented papers about the Bradford Risk of NEET
It is based on crystal reports from CCIS and is a tool for practitioners,
producing a BRONI score showing the risk of individual young people or
groups of young people becoming NEET.
DfE Participation strategy is still due by the end of December. It will be for
ages 16-24. (N.B published 16/12/11 and attached with these minutes) MP
The RPA Planning Group meetings in January and March have been moved
to different dates because they clashed with Confederation Executive.
Dates of Meetings:
NB: dates in red are changes to those previously issued.
Thursday 26 January 2012, 8.30-10.30, Future House, Room 6
Tuesday 21 February, 8.30-10.30, Future House, Room 6
Tuesday 27 March, 8.30-10.30, Future House, Literacy Room
Tuesday 24 April, 8.30-10.30, Future House, Room 6
Tuesday 22 May, 8.30-10.30, Future House, Room 6
Tuesday 19 June, 8.30-10.30, Future House, Room 6
Tuesday 10 July, 8.30-10.30, Future House, Room 6