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All Hail Macbeth…….and Taggart and Rebus!

Am guessing that you’ll all be very much back into things following the summer breaks – I know I only have to look at my diary to know I am. I’ve flipped over to using WordPress for the update this week – will explain why in subsequent posts. But for now, here’s what’s on my horizon for this week.

I’m met with the Early Years team yesterday about how we might shape early years advice and support along with the early years offer we make to children and families. In addition I will be finalising our LA Response to the Government’s current consultation on Early Years funding tomorrow when I meet with Finance.


I am off to see Macbeth at The Globe this weekend. Ordinarily that would be simply a straight forward night at the theatre. But Macbeth is a bit different because anytime I watch it I can’t help thinking about the Scottish TV Detective series Taggart – I just get this almost irresistible urge when I watch Macbeth to shout out “There’s been another murder!”. If you know Taggart and its deep rolling ‘r’s’ then hopefully you’ll know what I’m on about – if you don’t know Taggart then apologies as you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about!!



The agenda and accompanying papers for the next committee meeting were published yesterday. In recent months the agenda has been pretty full as there were key decisions on things like Children’s Centres, Youth Services and the Education Spin Out. So by comparison the agenda for the next meet isn’t as hectic. The key reports are an update on Pupil Place Planning, which includes an update on the progress with Sutton Free School developments. The EFA and DfE made decisions on those on Friday of last week and will publish a further update on those decisions and what happens next in due course. The other key report is the draft Children’s Performance Report. At this stage Richard and I have made suggestions to members on the key indicators to track at committee and once it’s finalised will let you know what the Performance Indicator set will contain.


There are almost always a few of these in my diary each week and the next few days are no exception. The DV/VAWG Strategy Group meets today and  given the high reported rates and the prevalence of DV issues in cases we manage, this is one of the most important groups.

On Wednesday the Safer Sutton Young People Group meet and the agenda and papers for this have been published. A key focus for the group is the performance on youth crime and this group provides the oversight of the work of our YOT in Sutton.


You’ll have read through INSIGHT that an independent staff survey has been launched for all staff in the Council. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to feedback your views as it will give us a clearer insight into your experience of working for the Council at the moment and will allow us to compare and contrast your views with those of colleagues in other teams, other services, other buildings and other parts of the Council. Some people have asked me about how to balance any response you make

As some of you know I’m a big fan of Scottish author Ian Rankin who writes the DI Rebus detective novels, set in Edinburgh. His new novel comes out at the beginning of November, but if you are quick, Waterstones are currently offering a copy signed by Mr Rankin himself if you pre-order now! Yes I know it’s a bit pathetic….. ok it’s a LOT PATHETIC…. but I don’t care- I couldn’t resist!!!



This is now moving on from Children’s Centres and Youth Services to look at Social Care Transformation and will now include Early Help because the recent external review by iMPower bases almost 65% of the anticipated savings for Social Care services on a reconfiguration of early help across both what we do within the Council and what our partners do on early help. The Transformation Board, chaired by Tolis, meets today and then on Wednesday the People DMT meet with CMT to look at the transformation work from a savings perspective.


We are moving into the specifics of the TUPE consultation with staff in the education services and so over the next few weeks there will be a series of briefings with staff.  Invitations to these sessions have already been sent to staff, but just to confirm for this week there will be briefings on Tuesday at 12:30 at Denmark Road, on Wednesday morning at 9:30 at Bandon Hill and on Friday at 2:00 pm at Civic. As well as Council, HR and Education Spin Out representation, colleagues from trade unions have also been sent the dates and times


On Thursday morning we will have the first meeting of the new academic year with Primary Heads at Chaucer Centre. Among the items on the agenda are DSG Savings Programme, Primary School Results, Education Spin Out and Primary Pupil Place Planning. As part of other ‘items’ I’ve already been alerted to a few things to mention. If you’ve got something you want me to flag up to Primary Heads let me now by email before we meet on Thursday.


I’ve got my next cycle of one to ones coming up over the next few days with Claudette, Jackie, Lesley, Helen in HR and Jenny Sims, who is the Principal at Sutton College.


The Primary Panel met last week and the first meeting of the Secondary Vulnerable Pupil Panel is tomorrow at 10:00 am at Cheam High.

……..Those of you who are either hopeless romantics or hopelessly in love will probably know this already, but for the rest of you I thought I’d let you know that next Monday is National Love Note Day when you should be telling the special person in your life how much you love them. It can be a card, a post it on the fridge, a note on the dashboard of their car, a romantic photo sent by iMessage ( these are all things I do regularly for my loved one!). So I hope you’ll all join in. I’ve not finished my note to my beloved but am happy to share with you what I’ve written so far. It begins…
…………………………………………………………..’Dear Eric, No matter who Mourinho buys for Man Utd my heart will always belong to you………..for there is only one Cantona!’



Sleeping In Toasters….an Early Morning Breakfast Update!

Rather than wait till the next full blog update ( for that could be anytime between the next 24 hours or 24 months!!!) I thought I’d share the key points from a few important meetings of the last few days ( that makes it sound like only a FEW of the meetings are important and the rest are just……well………………….. the rest…….and that’s not the case, but hopefully you know what I mean!).

And to add to the info you might be interested in reading, below is interspersed with some quotes about morning – which of course is started with that wonderfully philosophy from Garfield that if we were meant to pop out of bed in the mornings we’d all sleep in toasters!!

“WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!……………Already?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” – My daughter on every school morning!

Safer Sutton Young People Group

This showed performance in YOT continues to be strong. The follow up to our YJB National Standards audit was really positive and the issues we had to pick up on had been addressed in full. Going forward we see a need for ensuring we’ve good info sharing between YOT and local GP’s so we will look into this with health colleagues, and we will also look at how we use the considerable data the YOT gathers to best effect.

“The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up on average at 7:30 in the morning………………………………….. ……………….feeling just plain terrible!” – Jean Kerr

On Families Matter, the Group welcomed the news that Sutton had successfully met the Phase One targets from government and that the provision would be extended into Phase Two. We discussed how to ensure that colleagues in health were fully up to speed on the Families Matter Service and on how to access it for families and we will look at this further in the weeks ahead.

Finally the Group got an update from Ian Kershaw on the Safer Sutton Team’s ASB Youth Outreach project which will look at providing diversionary activity in certain parts of the borough.

“There is no snooze button on a dog who wants breakfast!” – Author unknown…… though I can empathise big time!  

People Directorate DMT

We had the first meeting of the new DMT since the People Directorate came into existence at the beginning of this month. We reviewed some standard issues that would previously have been done separately in the Directorates such as Finance and HR reports. ( For our division we will again have a net underspend for the year 14-15 which will help offset cost pressures elsewhere). We updated the Forward Plans for committees and for us it means we have reports going in over the coming months on the Children’s Centres Consultation, the Education Services Feasibility Study and some policy updates in areas such as SEN. We will also be working on proposals for the further redesign of aspects of our Early Help provision for children and young people, and we are currently working on an update to our Early Help Strategy to link in with that. The key decision was the DMT agreed a new Staff Engagement Plan to support the transition from separate Directorates into the combined People Directorate. We will publish that plan to all of you imminently and begin the implementation straight away.

“I have a carpe diem mug – though if I’m honest when the alarm goes off at six it doesn’t make me want to ‘seize the day’ – it just makes me want to slap a long dead poet!” Joanne Sherman

And to help you, as this blog sees itself as a public service (!!), I will end on a more lyrical and less cynical note, the words of William Blake! So, go seize the day and enjoy it!

“Let light

Rise from the chambers of the East. And bring

 The honey’d dew that cometh on waking day  

Oh radiant morning”

Sunrise over Glasgow!
Sunrise over Glasgow!