Agenda and minutes

Equalities Board - Tuesday, 17th January, 2023 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XA. View directions

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The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting. Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Hannah Dyson, Cllr Bektas Ozer and Cllr Ruby Sampson. Cllr Rye substituted for Cllr Dyson, Cllr Akbulut substituted for Cllr Ozer and Cllr Fox substituted for Cllr Sampson.


Apologies for absence were also received from Peter George, (Director of Development), Tinu Olowe, (Director of HR & OD), Lucy Nasby, (Strategy & Policy Manager), Ginnie Landon, (Enfield Women’s Centre) and Chandra Bhatia (Enfield Racial Equality).


Apologies for lateness were received from Cllr Paul Pratt.



Members of the Board are invited to identify any disclosable pecuniary, other pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests relevant to the items on the agenda.



There were no declarations of interest registered in respect of any items on the agenda.



To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 19 October 2022.


AGREED the minutes of the meeting held on 19 October 2022.



To update the Board on the work with schools to reduce inequality in attainment.

Additional documents:


RECEIVED the report of Peter Nathan, Director of Education and Lucy Nutt, Head of Schools & Early Years Improvement.




1.    The report outlines the attainment outcomes in the 2022 school assessments and exams identifying differences in attainment between groups.

2.    All results should be treated with caution this year as there have been different levels of COVID impact within schools and geographical areas.

3.    Schools will need to understand and interpret their own data, and at borough level the data provides a starting place for school improvement conversation and challenge.

4.    The advice nationally is that performance data for 2022 should not be directly compared with 2019 and earlier and comparisons should not be made between schools.

5.    With regards to which groups are underperforming, analysis of previous results led the Enfield learning Excellence Partnership Board to agree targets for the following groups:

·       Turkish heritage

·       Black Caribbean

·       Disadvantaged pupils.

6.    Analysis of the 2022 data showed that the above groups continued to underperform. However, a breakdown by gender suggested that it was the boys whose attainment was low.

7.    The attainment of Looked After Children (LAC) is always a priority. However, it can be difficult to draw conclusions as there are very few LAC in any year group.

8.    The attainment of disadvantaged pupils will be at least at the London average (Key Stages 2,4 & 5) by 2025.

9.    A significant improvement to at least the London average for all pupils from the 2019 baseline in GCSE outcomes for lower performing groups including Black Caribbean pupils and Turkish heritage pupils by 2025.

10. Information was provided on the Disadvantaged Pupil Project led by Marc Rowland which started in September 2021 and so far, 40 schools have taken part. A network has been set up to keep this work current and refreshed.

11. The project involves working with LBE schools, school leaders and the local authority to review the use and impact of strategies to improve outcomes for boys. It also aims to identify and promote high quality practice as well as making recommendations for further improvements for individual schools and for the local authority. The focus is also on building leadership expertise and capacity to meet pupil need.

12. Information was provided on the Enfield Inclusion Charter. The Charter set out a shared vision for inclusion and a set of principles by which schools, education settings and related services can achieve inclusion for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

13.  The Charter has been co-produced with schools, parents, pupils, partners and council officers and guidance is included. To date, 42 schools have expressed an interest in the Charter and a process has been developed for schools to self-audit and then become accredited as Inclusion Champions. Work will be led by the Safeguarding and Inclusion Adviser.


The following questions and comments were raised:


(i)             Cllr Rye commented that the data provided was fine up until a point, but he would also like to see a breakdown by  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.



To receive a presentation from North Central London Integrated Care Board.


Received the report of Ruth Donaldson, Director of Communities, North Central London Integrated Care System and Dudu Sher-Arami, Director of Public Health, London Borough of Enfield, highlighting the following:


1.    The introduction by Dudu Sher-Arami, Director of Public Health (LBE)

2.    In 2020, a Communities Team was established to ensure that the Integrated Care Board (ICB) is addressing inequalities and improving access, outcomes, and experience for its most underserved communities.

3.    COVID shone a light on the differential outcomes for Enfield’s most deprived residents who experience three times more hospital emergency admissions and five times longer length of stay. Within Enfield we see a difference in life expectancy of 7.4 years (male) and 7.2 years (female) between our most and least wealthy wards.

4.    The North Central London (NCL) ICB established an Inequalities Fund of £8.75m, with funding weighted across NCL towards the 20% most deprived wards. The team also lead on Inclusion Health (homeless health and asylum seeker/migrant health), the Sustainability Plan, Blood Borne Viruses, Serious Youth Violence, and the Anchors Programme.

5.    Further information was provided on the work of the Communities Team, the Inequalities Delivery Group, the Inequalities Fund, and the impact of some of the projects that had been implemented.

6.    The next steps had been identified and were discussed in detail as part of the presentation. Positive progress is being made but it was acknowledged that there is still a lot to do.

7.    In response to a question raised by Cllr Pratt, clarification was provided on the Enfield’s life expectancy figures and how these compared nationally and to other London boroughs.

8.    Pastor Nick Chanda praised the work of Dudu and her team for the amazing engagement work they undertake with the minority community groups, especially during COVID, which included educating the black community on how to access vaccinations and all other aspects of health care. He encouraged other community groups to liaise closely with Dudu and her team as the practical work they provide is central to bridging the gap in health inequality.

9.    Dudu thanked Pastor Nick for his support. She said that some key learning has originated from the work that took place over the COVID period and this can now be used to address lots of other health issues moving forward and her team will continue to work hand in hand with communities and residents to do this. These ongoing relationships will help provide the team with a better understanding of its residents and an insight into what is and isn’t going to work, and it is only really people within certain communities who can provide that feedback as people with lived experience is another dimension that is crucial to everything.

10. Ruth echoed Dudu’s comments and added that she is also keen to ensure that there are clear routes and processes in place to enable people to feedback effectively.

11. Cllr Rye said that the key to good health, good education and good life outcomes is having good quality  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


WORK PROGRAMME 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 194 KB

To note the Equalities Board Work Programme 2022/23.


NOTED the Equalities Board Work Programme 2022/23,



To note that the next meeting of the Equalities Board is scheduled to take place on Thursday 30th March 2023 and will be held in the Conference Room at the Civic Centre.



NOTED that the next meeting of the Equalities Board is scheduled to take place on Thursday 30th March 2023 and will be held in the Conference Room at the Civic Centre, commencing at 7:00pm.