Monthly Archive 31 May 2023

Specialist school provision to open in September

A primary school in Grimsby is set to open some new school places offering specialist support to children with additional needs.

Littlecoates Primary Academy, part of Wellspring Academy Trust, is working with North East Lincolnshire Council to launch the new 12-place provision from September, specifically for children with communication and interaction needs.

The new provision – called Launch Pad – will be the first of its type in North East Lincolnshire, and will be specially designed to be a ‘turnaround provision’ for early years children and those in Key Stage 1 (aged 4, 5 and 6).

Turnaround provision is aimed at those children who have low level additional needs, where some short-term support can help them to adjust to mainstream school.

Councillor Margaret Cracknell, portfolio holder for children and education at North East Lincolnshire Council, welcomed the move:

“I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to work with the team at Littlecoates Primary and the wider Wellspring Academy Trust to make this a reality, and would like to thank them for their support with this initiative. This is the first of its kind in our area.

“Launch Pad is by no means a catch-all solution. Launch Pad will be a very small, focussed provision that can make a difference, over time, to a good number of students.

“There are a lot of children in our area who have some additional needs, but can continue successfully in a mainstream school provided that they receive some targeted support at a key point in their education journey.”

Neville Wilkinson, Principal at Littlecoates Primary, added: “At Littlecoates, our philosophy is all about creating an inclusive, innovative and exciting school environment where every child can learn, play and achieve together. The new Launch Pad initiative fits with that ethos perfectly and we’re looking forward to playing an important role in supporting more children with SEND and enabling them to stay in mainstream settings. Specialist support is essential in helping children with additional needs meet their potential and enjoy their school life. This new specialist service is going to be a fantastic asset for the whole community.”

North East Lincolnshire SEND team will manage admissions to this provision in line with the SEND Code of Practice (2015) via annual reviews of EHCPs. Parents and Professionals are advised not to contact the setting directly at this moment in time due to ongoing building works and mobilisation of this provision.

There will be opportunities to see the provision via the school and SEND Local offer website, as well as open days during the summer term.

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Council Cabinet confirmed for 2023-24

The Cabinet for North East Lincolnshire Council has been confirmed at the Council’s Annual General Meeting today (25 May) with just one change of portfolio holder.

The Cabinet responsibilities for the following year are set to be:

Cllr Philip Jackson: Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economy, Net Zero, Skills and Housing – with responsibility for economic strategy, regeneration, inward investment and growth, business support and local enterprise, all aspects of housing, net zero, decarbonisation, the NEL Carbon roadmap and the green agenda, strategic economic collaboration, skills and employability.

Cllr Stan Shreeve: Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Social Care – with responsibility for adult social care, health and adult social care commissioning and provision, public health and health inequality, health and care partnership, collaboration and integration.

Cllr Stephen Harness: Portfolio Holder for Finance, Resources and Assets – with responsibility for financial strategy and corporate governance, revenue budget and capital programme, digital strategy, inclusion and development, shared services and commercial development, financial inclusion, assets (corporate, commercial, community) and estate management.

Cllr Margaret Cracknell: Portfolio Holder for Children and Education ­­- with responsibility as statutory lead member for children’s services for safeguarding of children and young people, corporate parenting, care leavers and family support, early help, SEND, school improvement and education.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn: Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport – with responsibility for planning, development control, highways and transportation, traffic management, parking and regulation, waste, recycling and environmental management, neighbourhood services, street scene, parks, open spaces, climate change related policy implementation affecting the natural environment.

Cllr Ron Shepherd: Portfolio Holder for Safer and Stronger Communities – with responsibility for all aspects of local authority enforcement and regulatory services, environmental health, port health, food safety, pollution control, trading standards and licensing, community safety and anti-social behaviour, voluntary and community sector, emergency planning and civil contingencies.

Cllr Hayden Dawkins: Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and the Visitor Economy – with responsibility for tourism and the visitor economy, leisure, sport and recreation, including the playing pitch strategy, culture, Borough heritage, museums and the arts and equalities, diversity and inclusion.

Cllr Philip Jackson, leader of the Council, said: “Over the last 12 months we have worked hard to bring projects forward and provide stable leadership and direction for the council. This year, we welcome Cllr Dawkins to the Cabinet to take on the culture, heritage and visitor economy portfolio. We will continue to press on with our priorities this year, delivering on our promises to help create a stronger local economy and safer and stronger communities for all.”

These appointments have been at the Annual General Meeting of the Council, along with other committee chairs and placings.

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New Mayor elected in historic ceremony

SCARTHO Ward Councillor, Ian Lindley, has been sworn in as Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire during a special ceremony late last week.

The Worshipful The Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Ian Lindley, was elected following his term as Deputy Mayor from May 2022 to May 2023.

The Mayor has appointed Mrs Helen Lindley as his Mayoress.

Outgoing Mayor and Ward Councillor for the East Marsh, Councillor Steve Beasant, was elected to the position of Deputy Mayor of North East Lincolnshire during the same Special Council Meeting. Mrs Carol Beasant has been appointed as his Deputy Mayoress.

Dignitaries, Councillors, members of the local community, friends and family members gathered at the Mayor Making ceremony on Thursday 18th May 2023 to witness the election of the new Mayor and the exchanging of the official chains of office.

The Mayor is the first citizen of North East Lincolnshire and undertakes an important ceremonial role in and outside of the borough.

Shortly after being elected to the role, Councillor Ian Lindley expressed his joy and gratitude for the nomination:

“I’m incredibly grateful to Councillor Shepherd for his nomination and to my fellow Councillors for electing me.

“I first came to Grimsby during the early 1990s with work, and have stayed ever since. I am really passionate about this place and its people and I look forward to spending my Mayoral year getting out and meeting people in our community.”

Born in Nottingham, Cllr Lindley came to Grimsby on a 3-week contract as an Operating Department Practitioner in the 1990s and stayed on to continue working at the Diana Princess of Wales hospital.

Councillor Lindley has represented Scartho Ward since 2015.

The Mayor is not directly elected by the people and therefore holds no direct power. They are politically neutral in carrying out their Mayoral duties, and act as the Chair of Council meetings.

His Mayoral Year will run until May 2024, when a new Mayor will be elected. Councillor Lindley has chose Sunflowers Children’s Action Group and the Pink Rose Suite at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital as his Mayoral charities, and will be undertaking fundraising activities throughout his Mayoral year for these causes.

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