£18m of Government Money for Eight Cornish Primary Schools

The (near) end of the week has resulted in some fantastic news for Cornwall and Cornwall Council from the Schools Minister, David Laws. This is the award of £18m in funding under the Targeted Basic Needs Programme.

This money will provide 840 new school places in the following eight schools:

Indian Queens Community Primary School and Nursery
Mount Hawke Academy
Nanpean Community Primary School
Pondhu Primary School
St Columb Minor Academy
St Petroc’s C of E VA School
The Bishops C of E Primary School
Treleigh Community Primary School

I feel this is brilliant news for the Council after all the hard work in submitting the bid. Amazingly, all eight schools were successful. The Council knows that there has been an increasing pressure on places in a number of areas on Cornwall. This money will enable the schools and council to create more places in these schools.

Well done to everyone involved.

Numbers of School Children in Cornwall

Statistics are not everyone’s cup of tea; so those who hate them look away now. The following statistics are on the numbers of children currently attending school within Cornwall. Also included in the figures are the number of children who are receiving free school meal, ethnicity and the number of children from service families. These has been collated as part of the Single Issue Panel looking into children’s readiness for school that I am a member of.

The total number of children between the in both primary school and secondary school is: 69,293

Primary School: 37644
Secondary: Age 11-15: 28471 – Ages 16-19: 3178 – Total 31,649

In receipt of free school meals: Primary: 5328 (14.15% of pupils); Secondary 3431 (10.84%)

Black and Ethnic Minority: Primary: 1922 (5.1%); Secondary: 1323 (4.2%)

Children from service families: Primary 1026 (2.7%); Secondary: 753 (2.4%)

Gypsy: Primary 85 (0.2%); Secondary 59 (0,2%)

A more detailed breakdown on the statistics can be found HERE.

A Glossary of Acronyms For One Committee

The use of acronyms (or initialism) is one area Local Authorities and other public sectors really excel at, and would no doubt win many awards for the sheer number they come up with. This plague really took hold in the latter half of the twentieth century as before the 1950’s they were rarely used.

Today I was sent a glossary of acronyms that are used in the Children’s Schools and Families Committee. The sheer number is enough to give me a headache. I do hope there won’t be a test.

A&E ​Accident and Emergency

ASM​ Additional Support Manager

AWP ​Area Wide Prospectus

B&A ​Behaviour and Attendance

BAME ​Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic

BSF ​Building Schools for the Future

BSO ​Business Support Officer

CA ​Core Assessment

CAF ​Common Assessment Framework

CAMHS ​Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CAPH ​Cornwall Association of Primary Headteachers

CASH ​Cornwall Association of Secondary Headteachers

CC ​Cornwall Council

CiC ​Children in Care

CiCESS ​Children in Care Education Support Service

CL​ Care Leavers

CLG ​Children’s Leadership Group (multi agency leadership group)

CLL ​Communication, Language and Literacy

CPD ​Continual Professional Development

CP ​Child Protection

CPS ​Child Protection System

CQC ​Care Quality Commission

CRB ​Criminal Records Bureau

CSC​ Children’s Social Care (now known as Complex and Acute)

CSF ​Children, Schools and Families

CSWS ​Community Social Workers/Children’s Social Work Service

CVA ​Contextual Value Added

CYP ​Children and young people

DAAT ​Drug and Alcohol Action Team

DfE ​Department for Education

DLT ​Directorate Leadership Team

EAL ​English as an Additional Language

EDRMS ​Electronic Document Record Management System also
​Education Recording Management System

EHE ​Elective Home Education

EMS ​Education Management System

EYQISP ​Early Years Quality Improvement Support Programme

EWO​ Education Welfare Officer

FIS ​Family Information Service

FWi​ Framework i (data base)

GCSE ​General Certificate of Secondary Education

GRT ​Gypsy, Roma Traveller

HOS ​Head of Service

HR​ Human Resources

IA​ Initial Assessment

IAG ​Information, Advice and Guidance

IB​ Improvement Board

ICPC ​Initial Child Protection Conference

ICT ​Information and Communication Technology

IDP ​Inclusion Development Programme

IYSS​ Integrated Youth Support Services

KS​ Key Stage

LAC ​Looked After Children – These are children who are looked after by the Local Authority either in foster care, under care orders or in residential facilities.

LAC/CL ​Looked After Children and Care Leavers

LMS​ Local Management of Schools​

LSCB ​Local Safeguarding Children’s Board

NCSL ​National College of School Leadership

NEET ​Not in Employment, Education or Training

NI ​National Indicator

NYA​ National Youth Agency

OFSTED ​Office of Standards in Education

PASS ​Pupil Attitudes to Self and School

PDR ​Performance Development Review

PDS​ Performance Development System

PEP​ Personal Education Plan

PSED ​Personal, Social and Emotional Development

PWP​ Placement with Parents

QAAG​(LSCB) – Quality Assurance and Audit Group – audits and scrutinises mutli-agency practice and collaborative working in ensuring that children and young people within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are cared for within secure and stable home and community placements.

QAPM ​Quality Assurance and Performance Management

S47​ Child Protection Enquiry (under s47 of children Act 1989)

SD​ Strategy Discussion (where a multi-agency decision is made to undertake CP enquiries)

SEF​ Self Evaluation Form

SEND ​Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SIP​ School Improvement Partner

SMT​ Senior Management Team

SP​ Strategic Priority

SRU​ Single Referral Unit

SSS ​Short Stay School

SSU​ Safeguarding Standards Unit

TAC​ Team Around the Child

TDA ​Teacher Development Agency

TYS ​Targeted Youth Support

VCS​ Voluntary and Community Sector

YOS​ Youth Offending Service

YPLA​ Young Peoples Learning Agency

Domestic Abuse – The Hidden Side

The Children’s Schools and Families Scrutiny Committee I sit on at Cornwall Council has formed a small Single Issue Panel (SIP) looking into child poverty, the links and effects it has on our children and families. We have looked at various issues that are associated with child poverty by means of asking different organisations to preset evidence to this SIP.
One of those organisations who presented evidence was an organisation called ESTEEM which is an organisation that helps men who have been subjected to domestic abuse, which includes physical, emotional and mental abuse. This form of abuse is rarely discussed, or even thought about because the perception is only men commit this form of abuse. This like other forms of abuse will have a huge effect on children and their families.
Nationally for every three victims of partner abuse, two will be female and one will be male. One in six men (16%) and one in four women (29%) aged 16 and over will suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime. In 2009/10 4.2% of men and 7.5% were victims of abuse. Again, in 2009/10 40% of stalking victims were male.
The most prevalent age group for male victims is 26-34 where 3.7% of men stated they were a victim of partner abuse compared to 1.7% of 45-54 year olds, 3.6% of 16-19 year olds and 3% of 20-24 year olds. Around 20% of men who have suffered partner abuse had done so for more than a year. In 2008/09 this was 97,000 men. The number of women convicted of perpetrating domestic abuse has quadrupled in the past six years from 806 in 2004/05 to 3,494 in 2009/10.

There are various unique issues on this subject in that men do find it difficult to recognise they are victims and when they do, find it hard to report it because they are treated very differently by statutory and voluntary services. Society also treats this differently and you will often hear the comment of ‘man up’ or ‘be a man’, so it is little wonder men find it extremely difficult to report or even talk about it.

If a man is subject to domestic abuse he has no where to go, as currently in the UK there only 11 refuge beds for men, compared to 4000-7000 for women. The nearest refuge bed for a man in Cornwall is in Weston Super Mare and it has one bed; this is compared to 3 dedicated centres for females in Cornwall. Roughly the Government spends £6.5 million per year on female anti-abuse projects/campaigns and almost zero for men.

These figures speak for themselves and highlight this forgotten area. I asked the gentleman who presented this evidence what can we (Cornwall Council) do to highlight this area. He said get the message out on this type of abuse and if you can, fund or build a refuge for men in Cornwall. The later will be tricky without money, but that does not mean it should not be attempted. From my viewpoint I will make sure this topic is in the final report and then make sure it is acted upon.

One last point, here are the contact details of  ESTEEM, please pass them on:

Office – 01872 226981
Mobile – 07825 220232
Website – http://www.esteemmen.co.uk/

(NB: figures have been sourced by ManKind Initiative and come from various Government Departments)