Notice of a public meeting of


Children, Culture and Communities Scrutiny Committee



Councillors Nicholls (Chair), Nelson (Vice-Chair), Clarke, Crawshaw, Cuthbertson, Knight, Pearson, Waller, Wells and Wilson



Tuesday, 23 January 2024



5.30 pm



The Thornton Room - Ground Floor, West Offices (G039)








1.          Declarations of Interest 

(Pages 1 - 2)


At this point in the meeting, Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest or other registerable interest they might have in respect of business on this agenda, if they have not already done so in advance on the Register of Interests. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.


An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it

becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.


[Please see attached sheet for further guidance for Members]




2.          Minutes 

(Pages 3 - 8)


To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 5 December 2023.






3.          Public Participation 



At this point in the meeting members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. Members of the public may speak on agenda items or on matters within the remit of the committee.


Please note that our registration deadlines are set as 2 working days before the meeting, in order to facilitate the management of public participation at our meetings. The deadline for registering at this meeting is 5:00pm on Friday, 19 January 2024.


To register to speak please visit to fill in an online registration form. If you have any questions about the registration form or the meeting, please contact Democratic Services. Contact details can be found at the foot of this agenda.


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During coronavirus, we made some changes to how we ran council meetings, including facilitating remote participation by public speakers. See our updates ( for more information on meetings and decisions.




4.          SACRE Annual Report 2022-23 

(Pages 9 - 22)


This report presents the committee with the SACRE Annual Report for 2022-23.



5.          Attainment Gap 

(Pages 23 - 32)


This report provides the committee with information about school performance in the academic year 2022-2023, the outcomes of disadvantaged pupils, and the percentage gap in achievement between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.






6.          Early Years and Childcare Reforms 

(Pages 33 - 42)


This report informs the committee about the proposed national Early Years and Childcare Reforms to be introduced from April 2024 to September 2026.




7.          Work Plan 

(Pages 43 - 44)


Members are asked to consider the Committee’s work plan for the 2023/24 municipal year.




8.          Urgent Business 



Any other business which the Chair considers urgent under the Local Government Act 1972.




Democratic Services Officer


Reece Williams

Contact Details:

·        Telephone – (01904) 55 4447

·        Email –






For more information about any of the following please contact the Democratic Services Officer responsible for servicing this meeting:


·        Registering to speak

·        Business of the meeting

·        Any special arrangements

·        Copies of reports and

·        For receiving reports in other formats


Contact details are set out above.