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Committee details

Education Operational Delivery Committee

Purpose of committee

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To oversee the delivery of internal Educational services to customers, scrutinise performance and make improvements to those services.

To ensure improvement to the Council’s Public Performance Recording data for Educational services.



The Committee will, for internal Educational services:-

1.       hold the organisation to account for the performance of all in house services. It will oversee the delivery of all in house services in all areas in line with the outcomes set by the Strategic Commissioning Committee and improve results for Public Performance Recording by scrutinising Key Performance Indicators and rigorous performance management and ensuring  that this:-

1.1    is done in a manner which places the customer first and ensures the expected contribution to outcomes;

1.2    improves the Council’s position in national tables; and

1.3    adheres to financial targets.

2.       provide evidence to the Strategic Commissioning Committee, as requested,  on the contribution of in house services to outcomes;

3.       approve improvements to operational delivery where officers do not have the power to do so;

4.       oversee health and safety obligations to customers and citizens in the operational delivery of services;

5.       explore options for transforming the service delivery model; and

6.       note proposed peer reviews and inspections within the Local Area Network plan for the cycle.




The Committee will maintain an awareness of key issues arising through the work of other committees of the Council, through lead officers, conveners and vice conveners working together, and attending other committees as observers. Specifically:-

1.       The Strategic Commissioning Committee and the Operational Delivery Committee will cooperate to ensure that the internally commissioned services have clear service specifications, identifying contribution to the LOIP outcomes and that sufficient funding is available to deliver the service specification;

2.       The Strategic Commissioning Committee will cooperate with the Strategic Transformation Committee on opportunities to transform service delivery; and


3.       The Operational Delivery Committee in view of the shared remit for improving the delivery of internal services to customers.




Officers work closely with Internal Auditors, a service contracted from Aberdeenshire Council, and with external providers of assurance such as External Audit, Audit Scotland and external examining bodies. In addition, officers will work with local representative bodies such as the Disability Equity Partnership and the Aberdeen City Youth Council to understand how effectively services are being delivered to customers and how they can be improved.



The Committee’s membership will include seven persons with voting rights who are members for education items of business only (which will be identified clearly on the agenda) and who are not members of the Council. The seven external members will be appointed by the Council at its statutory meeting (or other meeting as appropriate) as follows:-

1.       three persons representing religious bodies in accordance with the requirements of Section 124 (4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, being:

1.1    one representative of the Church of Scotland nominated in such manner as may be determined by the General Assembly of that church;

1.2    one representative of the Roman Catholic Church nominated in such manner as may be determined by the Scottish Hierarchy of that church; and

1.3    one other person appointed by the Council having regard:

1.3.1      to the comparative strength within the City of Aberdeen of all the churches and denominational bodies having duly constituted charges regularly appointed places of worship there; and

1.3.2      the representation provided for in (i) and (ii) above;

2.       in accordance with the discretion conferred by Section 124 (3) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973:

2.1    two teachers employed in educational establishments managed by the Council nominated by Teachers’ Consultative Forum, comprising one representative from primary and special needs, including nursery, and one representative from secondary;  and

2.2    two parent representatives, selected by Aberdeen City Parent Council Forum from within its own  membership, comprising one representative from primary and special needs, including nursery, and one representative from secondary.

Education items are matters reported to the Operational Delivery Committee which relate to advising on or discharging the Council’s functions as education authority which are under the responsibility of the Chief Officer of Integrated Children’s and Family Services and the Corporate Landlord.


Executive Lead:  Chief Operating Officer and the Director of Customer Services



Contact information

Support officer: Stephanie Dunsmuir, tel 01224 522503 or email