Agenda and decisions

Schools Forum
Wednesday, 16th October, 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 Business Advisor (Schools) 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 18 SEPTEMBER 2019 & MATTERS ARISING pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 18 September 2019 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

 

4.

MATTERS RAISED BY SCHOOLS

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

 

 

Decision:

No resolutions were passed on this item.

 

 

5.

STANDING ITEM - DSG GROWTH FUND ALLOCATIONS

There are no new allocations for consideration at this meeting. Proposed allocations to the secondary phase will be presented at the next meeting. This is because October 2019 Census data unfortunately is not yet currently available. The Authority will contact likely eligible secondary schools and academies to give them sight of an indicative allocation as soon as Census data has been collected / released by the DfE (in the case of academies).

 

 

Decision:

No allocations were presented and no resolutions were passed on this item.

 

 

6.

SEND & ALTERNATIVE PROVISION REVIEWS - PROGRESS UPDATE pdf icon PDF 44 KB

A progress update will be provided on the Authority’s strategic reviews of SEND and Alternative Provision.

           

Recommended –

 

The Schools Forum is asked to consider and to note the information provided.

 

(Marium Haque – 01274 431078)

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the information provided in the update be noted.

 

(2)       That the alternative provision working group meets again prior to         the 4 December.

 

(3)       That the update to the next Schools Forum meeting includes     detailed information on the District’s alternative provision offer      going forward (described in the meeting as the ‘ladder of             provision’).

 

LEAD: Deputy Director, Education and Learning

 

 

7.

CONSULTATION ON THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL FORMULAE & SCHOOLS BLOCK MATTERS 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 97 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a report, Document KZ, which asks the Forum to consider the consultation document, which outlines the proposals for the Schools Block, the formulae to be used to calculate budgets for Primary and Secondary schools and academies for the 2020/21 financial year and the criteria that will form the basis of the allocation of additional funding to schools (and academies where appropriate) from DSG centrally managed funds.

           

Recommended –

 

The Schools Forum is asked to agree that the consultation (Document KZ Appendix 1) is published.        

 

(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the information presented in Document KZ be noted.

 

(2)       That a consultation now takes place on the proposals for 2020/21         as set out in Document KZ.

 

(3)       That the Schools Forum approves the submission to the             Education & Skills Funding Agency requesting a ‘dis-application’ to amend the calculation of the Minimum Funding Guarantee, as          presented in Document KZ, which has the effect of delivering a             2.3% MFG in 2020/21.

 

LEAD: Business Advisor, Schools

 

 

8.

CONSULTATION ON EARLY YEARS BLOCK FUNDING MATTERS 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 94 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a report, Document LA, which provides an update on Early Years DSG funding matters and the consultation document, proposed to be published, which sets out proposals for Bradford’s Early Years Block and Single Funding Formula for the 2020/21 financial year.

           

Recommended –

 

The Schools Forum is asked to consider the matters raised in the report and agree for the consultation document to be published.

 

(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the information presented in Document LC be noted.

 

(2)       The Schools Forum notes that announcements regarding the    Early Years Block in 2020/21, and the position of the funding of     maintained nursery schools after August 2020, have not yet           been made by the DfE.

 

(3)       That the Schools Forum agrees for the Local Authority to initiate a       consultation with providers on Early Years Block funding         arrangements for   2020/21, as outlined in Document LA, prior to   the 4 December meeting. It is anticipated that the DfE will make its        announcements in the next couple of          weeks and that a    consultation will begin asap following these. On this timeline, the             outcomes of the consultation will be presented to the Schools   Forum on 4 December. The Schools Forum will also need to     specifically consider the position of maintained nursery schools.

 

LEAD: Business Advisor, Schools

 

 

9.

HIGH NEEDS BLOCK FUNDING MATTERS 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 103 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a report, Document LB, which provides Members with an update on the development of Bradford’s high needs funding models and proposals for 2020/21. This update is presented in advance of a more formal and detailed consultation document, which will be finalised shortly and is expected to be published early in November.

           

Recommended –

 

The Forum is asked to consider and provide initial feedback on the proposals outlined in the report.

 

(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the information presented in Document LB be noted.

 

(2)       That the Schools Forum agrees for the Local Authority to initiate a       consultation with providers on revisions to the high needs       funding model for 2020/21 prior to the Forum’s next meeting. This          consultation will extend into the new year, meaning that the        proposals can be fully discussed with the Forum on 4 December.

 

LEAD: Business Advisor, Schools

 

 

10.

DSG CENTRAL ITEMS AND DE-DELEGATED FUNDS 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 121 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a report, Document LC, which asks the Forum to review the position of Central Schools Services Block, Schools Block and Early Years Block central funds and de-delegated items in 2020/21.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       The Forum is asked to review the position of Central Schools    Services Block, Schools Block and Early Years Block central    funds and de-delegated items, to indicate what further             consideration should be given / review work should take place, in        advance of making final recommendations for 2020/21 at the       January 2020 meeting.

 

(2)       Members representing Maintained Primary Schools are asked to           decide on de-delegation in 2020/21 for the purposes of purchasing        subscriptions to Fischer Family Trust.

 

(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the information presented in Document LC be noted.

 

(2)       That the Schools Forum Members did not request the review of             any of the centrally managed funds presented in Document LC.

 

(3)       That Members representing Maintained Primary Schools decided         to de- delegate in 2020/21 for the purposes of purchasing          subscriptions to Fischer Family Trust.

 

LEAD: Business Advisor, Schools

 

 

11.

SCHOOLS FORUM STANDING ITEMS

Updates on the following Forum standing items will be provided verbally where these have not been covered within other agenda items:

·         Schools Forum membership

·         Update from the High Needs Block Steering Group

·         Update from the Schools Financial Performance Group (SFPG)

·         Update on School / Academy Budgets

·         Update from the Early Years Working Group (EYWG)

·         Update from the Formula Funding Working Group (FFWG)

·         Update on Primary School Places

·         Update on Academies & Free Schools

 

Recommended –

 

The Forum is asked to note the information provided.

 

(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Decision:

No resolutions were passed on this item.

 

 

12.

AOB / FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

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

 

 

Decision:

No resolutions were passed on this item.

 

 

13.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Please see the published schedule of meetings – the next Forum meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 4 December 2019.

 

 

 

(a) Denotes an item for action

(i)  Denotes an item for information

 

Decision:

Please see the published schedule of meetings – the next Forum meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 4 December 2019.

 

 

FROM:                        Parveen Akhtar (City Solicitor)

                        City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

 

Contact Asad Shah:  01274 432280

Committee Secretariat

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