Agenda and decisions

Schools Forum
Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 8.00 am

Venue: Committee Room 1 - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Asad Shah - 01274 432280 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

The City Solicitor will report the names of alternate Members who are attending the meeting in place of appointed Members.

 

 

2.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

To receive disclosures of interests from Members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it only becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

 

3.

MINUTES OF 5 DECEMBER 2018 AND MATTERS ARISING pdf icon PDF 159 KB

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 25 December 2018 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)  Alongside the Virtual School Headteacher’s report on Looked After Children, which is scheduled to be presented to the next meeting in March, that clarification is provided on whether schools can use their Pupil Premium Grant allocated for Looked After Children to employ additional staffing.

 

(2)  That the additional information presented: the DfE letter of 17 December 2018 ‘High Needs Provision and Support’ and the ‘SEND Provision (Intended Places Development During 2019) – subject to consultation’ outline plan, be noted.

 

(3)   That clarification is provided in a report to the next meeting in March on the Authority’s continuum of provision for children and young people with SEMH.

 

 

4.

MATTERS RAISED BY SCHOOLS

Members will be asked to consider any issues raised by schools.

 

 

Decision:

No resolution was passed on this item.

 

 

5.

STANDING ITEM - DSG GROWTH FUND ALLOCATIONS

There are no new allocations for consideration at this meeting for 2018/19.

 

 

Decision:

No resolution was passed on this item.

 

 

6.

UPDATE ON THE 2019/20 DSG FUNDING POSITION pdf icon PDF 188 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a report, Document JZ, which updates members on the position of the Dedicated Schools Grant for the 2019/20 financial year. This is a main reference document for this meeting.

 

Recommended –

 

The Forum is asked to note the information provided. This will inform decisions and recommendations to be taken under agenda item 10.

 

(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That the information contained in Document JZ be noted.

 

 

7.

UPDATE 2018/19 CENTRALLY MANAGED FUNDS SPENDING POSITION pdf icon PDF 107 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present an analysis, Document KA, which updates members on the estimated value of 2018/19 carry forward balances (one off funding) available.

 

Recommended –

 

The Forum is asked to note the information provided. This will inform decisions and recommendations to be taken under agenda item 10.

 

(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That the information contained in Document KA be noted.

 

 

8.

CENTRALLY MANAGED AND DE-DELEGATED FUNDS 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a report, Document KB (Appendices 1, 2 and 3), which sets out the position of the funding of Schools, Central Schools and Early Years Block central and de-delegated items, to enable Members to make recommendations and decisions under agenda item 10. This information is updated on that presented in 5 December.

 

Recommended –

 

The Forum is asked to note the information provided. This will inform decisions and recommendations to be taken under agenda item 10.

 

(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That the information contained in Document KB Appendices 1-3 be noted.

 

 

9.

INDICATIVE DELEGATED BUDGETS 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 203 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a report, Document KC (Appendices 1 -5), which shows the indicative value of delegated allocations for individual schools, academies and other settings for the 2019/20 financial year and also shows the draft Primary and Secondary and Early Years Pro-formas. Please note that the allocations and the Pro-formas are subject to the final decisions and recommendations to be made by the Schools Forum under agenda item 10.

 

Recommended –

 

The Forum is asked to note the information provided. This will inform decisions and recommendations to be taken under agenda item 10.

 

(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That the information contained in Document KC Appendices 1-5 be noted.

 

 

10.

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS AND DECISIONS 2019/20 DSG pdf icon PDF 153 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present Document KD (and Appendices 1-5), which summarises the decisions and recommendations that the Schools Forum is asked to make in setting the allocation of the DSG and final formula funding arrangements for the 2019/10 financial year. The Forum will be asked to take decisions / make recommendations on the items listed under the following main headings:

 

·         Schools Block Centrally Managed Funds

·         Early Years Block Centrally Managed Funds

·         The Central Schools Services Block

·         The High Needs Block

·         The Allocation & Retention of forecasted Balances Brought Forward

·         Early Years Single Funding Formula and Pro-Forma

·         Primary & Secondary Formula Funding and Pro-Forma

 

Recommended –

 

The Forum is asked to make final recommendations and decisions on the allocation of the 2019/20 DSG and the one off monies available.

 

(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

1.         Schools Block Centrally Managed Funds 2019/20

 

Schools Block De-Delegated Funds

 

Document KB Appendices 1 – 3.

 

1.1 Schools Members representing maintained primary & secondary schools agreed the values of de-delegated funds on a phase-specific basis with contributions to be taken from 2019/20 formula funding allocations as per Document KB and its appendices.

 

a)    School Re-Organisation Costs (Safeguarded Salaries) (Primary & Secondary): agreed to continue de-delegation from both the primary and secondary phases for the actual cost of continuing safeguarded salaries in maintained primary and secondary schools.

 

b)   School Re-Organisation Costs (Sponsored conversions budget deficits) (Primary only): agreed to de-delegate from the primary phase at the 2018/19 per pupil value. The Schools Forum will be provided with monitoring reports where this provision is used. A report will be provided to the March 2019 meeting on the allocation of the current fund / brought forward balance in support of the primary schools that have converted in autumn 2018 with deficit balances.

 

c)    Exceptional Costs & Schools in Financial Difficulty (Primary only): agreed to continue de-delegation from the primary phase at the 2018/19 per pupil value. Members also agreed and noted that there is no ‘positive’ separate additional provision made for the conclusion of the Forum’s discussions on financial support for Falling Rolls / Under-Subscription. Where the Forum agrees that additional financial support should be provided to eligible maintained primary schools from de-delegated funds in 2019/20, this will need to be financed either from brought forward balances within primary phase de-delegated funds or via a retrospective contribution taken through de-delegation from primary maintained school allocations in 2020/21.

 

d)   Costs of FSM Eligibility Assessments (Primary & Secondary): agreed to continue de-delegation from both the primary and secondary phases at the 2018/19 per FSM values, with contributions taken using FSM Ever 6 data.

 

e)    Fisher Family Trust (Primary only): agreed to continue de-delegation from the primary phase, recovering the cash value to match the actual cost. The secondary phase and all primary academies will be invited to subscribe through the Local Authority (paying for this from their delegated budgets via invoice). Please note that the Schools Members representing maintained primary schools decided on 17 October 2018 to continue de-delegation in 2019/20 for the purposes of subscribing to FFT. As such, this decision is repeated here only for reference and completeness.

 

f)     Trade Union Facilities Time – Negotiator Time (Primary & Secondary): agreed to continue de-delegation from primary and secondary phases at the 2018/19 per pupil values.

 

g)   Trade Union Facilities Time – Health and Safety Time (Primary & Secondary): agreed to continue de-delegation from primary and secondary phases at the 2018/19 per pupil values.

 

h)   School Maternity / Paternity ‘insurance’ fund (Primary only): agreed to continue de-delegation from the primary phase at a value forecasted to afford the scheme for a full year. The £app cost is shown in Document KB Appendix 2 (£27.41 per pupil). The reduction from £43.28 in 2018/19 to £27.41 per pupil includes the release, on a one off basis, of £0.25m of balance  ...  view the full decision text for item 10.

11.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS (AOB) / FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

Members will be asked for any additional items of business, for consideration at a future meeting.

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That the update given verbally on the position of the SEMH Free School be noted.

 

 

12.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

A provisional meeting has been planned (subject to this being needed to complete agenda item 10) to take place on Wednesday 16 January 2019.

 

The next substantive Forum meeting is planned for Wednesday 13 March 2019.

 

 

(a) Denotes an item for action

(i)  Denotes an item for information

 

 

Decision:

The next meeting of the Schools Forum is scheduled for Wednesday 13 March 2019.

 

Please note that the provisional meeting scheduled for 16 January 2019 is not required and is cancelled.

 

 

 

FROM: Parveen Akhtar

City Solicitor

            City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

 

Committee Secretariat

Contact Asad Shah:  01274 432280