Consultation Hub

Welcome to Barnet's Citizen Space. The site will help you find out and participate in consultations that interest you.

The site will also help you find out about how we are using the results from consultations to inform decisions.

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

The future delivery of Barnet’s Education and Skills Service Autumn 2014

We asked:
We asked residents to give us their views on potential options for the future delivery of the council’s Education and Skills service. A separate consultation was conducted with schools as well as three parent focus groups. The resident survey asked for views on the proposed vision and aims for education in Barnet, on the services to be provided by any new model, on the evaluation criteria for assessing the options and on the four proposed models for providing the education support services.
You said:
Of the 123 responses received, the majority agreed with the proposed vision (92%) and aims (86%) for education in Barnet. The evaluation criteria of particular importance were the need to ‘preserve or improve service delivery in key service areas’ and be ‘able to engage with and build trust with all key stakeholders’. The in-house model received the most support (75%) and residents felt it very important (58%) or important (22%) that schools were involved in the running of services.
We did:
As a result of what you told us, the models were evaluated against the criteria within the survey and the resident preference for the in-house model is reflected in the scoring. Some key themes emerged as important to residents (e.g. the potential profit motive of a partner organisation and the role of schools in a new delivery model) and a response to each theme is detailed in the report to CELS committee on 12th January 2015. These themes will help inform and shape the next stage.

Proposal to Expand Monkfrith Primary School

We asked:
We asked how you felt about the proposal to permanently expand Monkfrith Primary School from one to two forms of entry in order to meet demand for school places in the surrounding area.
You said:
The online survey showed that 6 out of 27 (22%) respondents supported the proposal, 19 out of 27 (70%) didn’t support it, and 2 out of 27 didn’t have a view either way. The majority of local residents were concerned about traffic and parking. The governing body considered the responses and was satisfied objections raised could be managed, and proceeded to the representation stage, which involves publishing a statutory notice. One representation was received which raised traffic as a concern.
We did:
The governing body of the school and the council considered the responses to both the initial consultation and the representation period and is recommending the expansion of Monkfrith primary school, to come into effect on 1 September 2015. Traffic and parking concerns will be addressed in the Traffic Impact Assessment and the School Travel Plan, and we will ensure these issues are fully considered during the planning phase.

The future delivery of Barnet's Education and Skills service

We asked:
We asked head teachers and chairs of governors to help us to develop options for the future delivery of Education and Skills services. This included asking for your views on the proposed vision and aims for education in Barnet, on the evaluation criteria for the delivery models, initial views on the six proposed delivery models for providing the education support services and schools’ appetite for different levels of involvement.
You said:
The vast majority of respondents agreed with the proposed vision (96%) and aims (94%) for education in Barnet. With regards to the proposed evaluation criteria, it was clear that any model needs to ‘support delivery of better education outcomes across Barnet’ and ‘ensure it preserves or improves service delivery performance levels in key services’. Of the proposed delivery models the Outsourcing model, Local Authority Trading Company model and In-house model had the least support.
We did:
As a result of what you told us, the suggested two most important evaluation criteria were given increased weightings for the initial appraisal of the delivery models. In line with your views, we recommended three models (Social enterprise, Joint Venture commissioning and Joint Venture ownership) for further investigation and consultation in the draft outline business case that was reported to the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee on Monday 15th September.

During the consultation process, we ask for your feedback, you tell us and then we make positive changes. Public participation is key to our work. See what happens with We Asked, You Said, We Did.