Chair: Debbie Barnes

Meeting Dates

1 February 2018 | Manchester
Joint Meeting with Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee

17 May 2018 | London
Joint Meeting with Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee

3 October 2018 | Manchester
Joint Meeting with Health, Care & Addtitional Needs Policy Committee

23 November 2018 | London
Joint Meeting with Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee


Chair: Debbie Barnes, Director of Children’s Services, Lincolnshire County Council. To contact Debbie, email

ADCS Policy Officer: Katy Block supports the work of the committee. To contact Katy, email


The remit of the Educational Achievement Policy Committee (EA) covers all aspects of education including:

  • Early years
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Further education and training providers
  • Support for the improvement of education standards
  • Curriculum and the skills agenda
  • Assessment.

In particular, the Committee leads on school improvement, relationships with academies and free schools, regional commissioners and the role of the local authority in education.

The Committee liaises closely with the Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee with regard to school improvement and the Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee with regards to admissions and budgets. It also works with the Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee on the wellbeing and educational outcomes of children in care and provision for learners with special educational needs.


Debbie Barnes, Director of Children’s Services, Lincolnshire County Council

Debbie Barnes is the Director of Children’s Services in Lincolnshire and has been in post since 2012. She has a professional background in sick children’s nursing and during the early part of her career she worked in London and more recently in Lincolnshire.

In 2010 Debbie was appointed Assistant Director for Children’s Services at Lincolnshire County Council where she was responsible for universal services. Later that same year she was influential in helping the service achieve an outstanding Ofsted inspection result under the SLAC framework, an outstanding APA followed in 2011. As part of Ofsted’s most recent safeguarding inspection, the SIF, children’s services in Lincolnshire were judged to be good with outstanding features under Debbie’s leadership.

Debbie believes passionately that education provides a pathway out of child poverty and has chaired the Association of Directors of Children’s Services’ Educational Achievement Policy Committee since the summer of 2014. The committee seeks to influence policy at a national level so that all children, particularly the most vulnerable, can access good or outstanding teaching and outcomes.

Debbie believes that the interface with early help and attainment cannot be underestimated and as such Lincolnshire’s operating model is based on the principles of integrated working and prevention. Debbie feels that high-quality coordinated early help, delivered in partnership with schools and children centres are key to improving outcomes.

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