Agenda

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Items
No. Item

1. Order of business

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1.1

Order of business

Including any notices of motion and any other items of business submitted as urgent for consideration at the meeting.

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2. Declaration of interests

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2.1

Declaration of interests

Members should declare any financial and non-financial interests they have in the items of business for consideration, identifying the relevant agenda item and the nature of their interest.

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3. Deputations

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3.1

Deputations

If any

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4. Minutes

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4.1

None.

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5. Forward Planning

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5.1

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Work Programme

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5.2

Rolling Actions Log pdf icon PDF 372 KB

Rolling Actions Log

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6. Business Bulletin

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6.1

Business Bulletin pdf icon PDF 525 KB

Business Bulletin

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7. Executive decisions

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7.1

Edinburgh Children’s Partnership Children’s Service Plan 2020-2023 pdf icon PDF 5 MB

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7.2

Schools Re-Opening Update pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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7.3

Standards and Quality Report pdf icon PDF 496 KB

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7.4

Promoting Equality pdf icon PDF 168 KB

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7.5

Outcome of the Consultation Process for the Naming of the New Castlebrae Community High School Building pdf icon PDF 599 KB

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7.6

New Primary School Name Confirmation – Frogston Primary School pdf icon PDF 105 KB

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7.7

Early Years Expansion to 1140 Funded Hours - Progress Update pdf icon PDF 386 KB

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7.8

Revenue Monitoring 2020/21 – Month Three Position pdf icon PDF 146 KB

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7.9

Appointments to the Sub-Committee on Standards for Children and Families, Consultative Committee with Parents and Working Groups 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 179 KB

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8. Routine decisions

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8.1

None

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9. Motions

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Motion by Councillor Laidlaw - Urgent Need to Reconsider ECC Stance on Extra-Curricular Sport

By Councillor Laidlaw – Urgent Need to Reconsider ECC Stance on Extra-Curricular Sport

“Committee:

 Notes City of Edinburgh schools have yet to return to scheduled after-school sports, including those that are played outside.

Recognises the importance of sports for physical and mental health and the very low level of coronavirus risk for sports played outside.

Notes that Edinburgh’s independent schools have resumed after-schools sports, with many taken advantage of additional slots at City of Edinburgh facilities, and that such activities have prevented spectators attending to reduce any coronavirus contagion risk.

Notes that Council Sports Academies - which provide extra training for S1 and S2 pupils – allowing an advantage to independent school children in the chance to successfully trial for developmental pathways to district and national team selections.

 

Agrees to an immediate return to activity on a sport-by-sport basis for all schools, where the national governing body for that sport has guidelines for safe return to play.”

 

 

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Motion by Councillor Burgess - School Extra Curricular Activity

By Councillor Burgess – School Extra Curricular Activity

“This Committee:

1.    Notes the current Council practice to suspend all school extracurricular activities, including primary school football on public parks;

2.    Understands the decision is because of the concern about spreading covid19 virus and is intended to minimise contact between children or young people, and adults who are not teachers, and also to minimise the possible mixing of pupil year-group ‘bubbles’ during activities;

3.    However, notes the positive benefits of extracurricular activity on the overall health and well-being of children and young people and that many extracurricular activities take place outdoors, some conducted in public parks and that in many cases children take part in their established school bubble;

4.    Notes the relatively low risk of contagion during outdoor activity as reflected by Scottish Government guidance. Further notes that private sports have been permitted under Scottish Government regulations since August and that children who attend private schools or who are members of private clubs have been taking part in extracurricular sports while children attending council schools have not be able to do so;

5.    Believes that it would be possible to put in place guidance for groups undertaking at least certain extracurricular activities such as primary school football in public parks, in order to minimise the risk of contagion and allow activities to go ahead;

6.    Therefore, requests that the current position on school extracurricular activity be reviewed in time for the return to school after the October holiday, with appropriate guidance issued to schools and school sports clubs about which extracurricular activities may be carried out and in what way, with a briefing note on this review circulated to committee members.”

 

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Motion by Councillor Burgess - Outdoor Learning

By Councillor Burgess – Outdoor Learning

“This Committee:

1.             Welcomes that the Council’s Local Delivery Phasing Plan for the return to school emphasises the importance Outdoor Learning in response to the Covid19 pandemic and states that for both secondary and primary schools that ‘outdoor learning will be maximised’;

2.             Regrets that outdoor centres and outdoor learning projects across Scotland face a bleak future with greatly reduced income and that the Council’s own outdoor centres face a shortfall of nearly £1.4m this year;

3.             Recognises that there is some outdoor learning being provided by school staff. However, understands that third-sector outdoor learning providers in the City are ready to provide additional outdoor learning for schools and that many schools would be glad to have that extra teaching capacity.  Yet, the engagement of outdoor learning partners is currently suspended by the council;

4.             Acknowledges that the well-being of pupils and staff during the covid19 pandemic is paramount but that by its nature outdoor learning is relatively a low-risk activity in terms of contagion, that pupils tend to take part in class or year-group ‘bubbles’ and that risks could be mitigated through the application of a risk assessment and appropriate guidance;

5.        Notes that Scottish government guidance issued on 2 September states    that ‘In the autumn term, if they wish to, schools can resume non-overnight domestic educational visits

6.       Therefore, calls for an immediate review of the current suspension of outdoor learning provided by third-sector partners, with a view to maximising outdoor learning opportunities for council school pupils following the October holiday and a briefing note on this review circulated to committee members.”

 

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10. Motions and Amendments pdf icon PDF 53 KB

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