Issue details

To agree the commissioning plan for education provision 2012-17 - 12/01936

How the decision  relates to BS4K and Corporate Objectives

1.The project is in line with Kent strategies and in particular supports the following;

2. Bold Steps for Kent prioritises 

3  Ensure all pupils meet their full potential

4: Shape education and skills provision around the needs of the Kent economy


The Commissioning Plan

One of the key strategic roles of the Local Authority is to ensure there are sufficient education places of high quality available to the children and young people of Kent.  This responsibility is intertwined with our other strategic duties; to promote high standards in schools, and to be the champion of children, families and their communities.  The new Commissioning Plan will set out how Kent will discharge its responsibility as the Strategic Commissioner of education provision


Impact/costs and risks of proposed decision

Following the outcomes of the consultation there may be changes to school provision in identified areas.  These changes will ensure every child can go to a good school where they make good progress and can have fair access to school places


Decision type: Key

Decision status: For Determination

Decision due: 17 Sep 2012 by Cabinet

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: David Adams, Director of Education Email: Tel: 01233 898559.

Consultation process


Notify all Members of the Council




Aims and level(s) of consultation (KCC consultation levels attached)

Feedback from this consultation will help to inform the final version of the Commissioning Plan.  We hope that the final plan will inform all education providers and sponsors of the commissioning needs and timescales for new provision, to enable them to come forward with proposals.

Gather opinions and Gather information from the identified parties below to ensure

Key consultee groups

MPs, Members, Officers, Developers, Schools, School Governing Bodies, Community Groups, District Councils, Neighbouring Las, LCTBs, Town / Parish Councils, Academies, Diocesan Authorities, Fe/HE Colleges, Free School applications groups, DFE, Unions, KPPS, EFA, Director for Public Health (Kent and Medway),

Start and finish dates of consultation.

24 Apr 2012 to 19 Jun 2012

Equalities Impact Assessment included in the consultation documentation. Please state where this can be found.


Date of publication of consultation outcomes and updated Equalities Impact Assessment

Education Committee – 10 July 2012


Informing Only (Who and when)


Has the matter already been discussed by a Cabinet Committee? If not when will be it discussed by the Cabinet Committee and the date of the meeting

ELS Cabinet Committee on 9 May 2012

ELS Cabinet Committee on 10 Jul 2012

Cabinet on 17 September 2012

Is the matter referred to in your Business Plan or Medium Term Capital Programme?



Which Members and electoral Divisions are affected by this proposed decision? Is it All Members?

All Members


Financial implications: David Adams - Area Education Officer Mid Kent 01233 898559 -

Legal implications: 12/01936

Equalities implications: Major policy that is not in the Policy framework or change to existing policy