Agenda and decisions

Schools Forum
Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 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 Solicitorwill 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 17 OCTOBER 2018 & MATTERS ARISING pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2018 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

 

4.

MATTERS RAISED BY SCHOOLS

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

 

 

5.

STANDING ITEM - DSG SCHOOLS BLOCK GROWTH FUND ALLOCATIONS pdf icon PDF 26 KB

Members will be asked to consider, in Document JP, newly proposed allocations to secondary schools and secondary academies from the established DSG Schools Block Growth Fund in 2018/19.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       The Schools Forum is asked to agree to allocate a total of           £486,816 from the Secondary Growth Fund in 2018/19 to schools        and academies as set out in Document JP.

 

(2)       Members are asked to note that an indicative total sum of            £1,122,628 of surplus balance within the Growth Fund is ring-          fenced and is forecasted to be carried forward into 2019/20. The            Schools Forum will be asked to consider the allocation and        retention of this balance in support of Growth Fund costs in 2019/20 at the meeting 9 January 2019.

 

        (Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That £486,816 be allocated from the Secondary Phase Growth   Fund as set out in Document JP.

 

(2)       That a forecasted sum of £1,122,628 of surplus balance within the        2018/19 Growth Fund is ring-fenced and is to be carried forward    into 2019/20.

 

ACTION: Business Advisor (Schools)

 

 

6.

STRATEGIC SEMH & SEND REVIEWS

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

           

Recommended –

 

Members are asked to consider and to note the update.

 

            (Marium Haque– 01274 431078)

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the update be noted.

 

(2)       That the Authority’s plan for the creation of additional specialist            places be presented in outline to the next meeting.

 

 

7.

PUPIL PREMIUM GRANT FOR CHILDREN LOOKED AFTER pdf icon PDF 10 KB

The Schools Forum is asked to consider a report, Document JR, which sets out the Local Authority’s plan for the allocation of Pupil Premium Grant for Children Looked After from April 2019.

           

Recommended –

 

The Forum is asked to consider this report.

 

            (Marium Haque– 01274 431078)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the information presented in Document JR, including that Bradford’s Virtual School for Looked After Children will retain           50% of Pupil Premium Plus Grant from April 2019, be noted.

 

(2)       That the Virtual School’s annual report to the Corporate Parenting       Board, to be published in January, be shared with the Schools Forum.

 

ACTION: Deputy Director – Education and Learning

 

 

8.

2018/19 DSG SPENDING AND CARRY FORWARD BALANCES FORECAST pdf icon PDF 45 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a report, Document JS, which updates Members on the forecasted spending positions of each of the DSG Blocks in 2018/19. This document gives Members a view of the estimated values of balances to be carried forward into 2019/20 and a view of the uses of these balances.

           

Recommended –

 

Members are asked to consider whether sufficient information has been provided to enable final recommendations to be made on 9 January 2019 on the allocation and / or retention of estimated DSG balances.

 

         (Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       The Schools Forum requests that the Authority discusses with             Beckfoot Academies Trust whether the financial support model     for Beckfoot Upper Heaton Academy could be adjusted where the            financial position of the Academy has improved to surplus.

 

(2)       That sufficient information has been provided to enable the        Schools Forum to make its final recommendations on 9 January   2019 on the allocation and / or retention of forecasted DSG             balances.

 

ACTION: Business Advisor Schools

 

 

9.

2019/20 DSG UPDATE pdf icon PDF 32 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a report, Document JT, which provides a summary-level indicative forecast of the DSG income / expenditure position for the 2019/20 financial year.

 

Recommended –

 

Members are asked to consider the information presented in the report, for reference, in advance of making final recommendations on 9 January 2019.

 

         (Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That the Schools Forum notes the indicative 2019/20 DSG income / expenditure position.

 

 

10.

CONSULTATION OUTCOMES - PRIMARY AND SECONDARY FORMULAE pdf icon PDF 20 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a report, Document JU, which asks Members to consider the outcomes of the consultation of Schools Block formula funding and centrally managed funds. Please note that an appendix to Document JU will be tabled at the meeting, which will set out the feedback received. This report includes further information on the proposal for the establishment of a Falling Rolls Fund, as well as further discussion on place-planning matters, which have been raised by Members in the last two meetings.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       The Forum is asked to consider the outcomes of the consultation        and whether any of the proposals on the primary and secondary            funding formulae for 2019/20 should be changed in the light of      responses.

 

(2)       The Forum is asked to consider the additional information          presented on the matters raised by Members in September and October regarding place-planning and the proposal for the             establishment of a Falling Rolls Fund.

 

(3)       Members are asked to note that they will be asked to make final             recommendations on the Schools Block formulae, and the criteria             for the allocation of Schools Block funds, on 9 January 2019. As    such, Members are asked to consider whether sufficient information has now been provided to enable these   recommendations to be made.

 

            (Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the analysis of the consultation responses be noted.

 

(2)       That sufficient information has been provided to enable the        Schools Forum to make its final recommendations on 9 January   2019 on the Schools Block formulae and the criteria for the             allocation of Schools Block funds for 2019/20.

 

 

11.

CONSULTATION OUTCOMES - EARLY YEARS SINGLE FUNDING FORMULA 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 24 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a report, Document JV, which asks Members to consider the outcomes of the consultation on the 2019/20 Early Years Single Funding Formula. Please note that an appendix to Document JV will be tabled at the meeting, which will set out the feedback received.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       The Forum is asked to consider the outcomes of the consultation        and whether any of the proposals should be changed in the light           of responses.

 

(2)       Members are asked to note that they will be asked to make final             recommendations on the Early Years Block formulae on 9 January            2019. As such, Members are asked to consider whether sufficient information has now been provided to enable these final recommendations to be made.

 

         (Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the analysis of the consultation responses be noted.

 

(2)       That sufficient information has been provided to enable the        Schools Forum to make its final recommendations on 9 January   2019 on the Early Years Block formulae for 2019/20.

 

 

12.

CONSULTATION OUTCOMES - FUNDING HIGH NEEDS 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 25 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a report, Document JW, which asks Forum Members to consider the outcomes of the consultation on the 2019/20 High Needs Funding Model and the planned number of high needs places to be commissioned. Document JW also gives an update on the position of other strategic high needs funding matters, provided in advance of asking Members to make final recommendations on 9 January 2019.Please note that an appendix to Document JW will be tabled at the meeting, which will set out the feedback received.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       The Forum is asked to consider the outcomes of the consultation        and whether any of the proposals should be changed in the light           of responses.

 

(2)       Members are asked to note that they will be asked to make final             recommendations on the structure of the High Needs Block             funding formulae on 9 January 2019. As such, Members are asked           to consider whether sufficient information has now been provided       to enable these final recommendations to be made.

       

(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

(1)       That the analysis of the consultation responses be noted.

 

(2)       That sufficient information has been provided to enable the        Schools Forum to make its final recommendations on 9 January   2019 on the High Needs Block funding formulae for 2019/20.

 

 

13.

INDICATIVE BUDGETS 2019/20 PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES pdf icon PDF 15 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a report, Document JX, which provides Members with updated indicative modelling of Primary & Secondary delegated budget shares in 2019/20, using the pupil numbers taken from the October 2018 Census. This modelling is tabled only for information at this stage, prior to asking Members to make final recommendations on 9 January 2019.

           

Recommended –

 

(1)       The Forum is asked to note the Primary and Secondary modelling        information. A further update will be provided on 9 January, when Forum Members will be asked to make final recommendations on        the values of funding allocated via each formula factor.

 

(2)       Members are asked to consider whether sufficient information has       been provided to enable final recommendations to be taken on 9        January on the matters presented in    this report.

 

(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

No resolution was passed on this item.

 

 

14.

CENTRAL SCHOOLS SERVICES, EARLY YEARS & SCHOOLS BLOCK FUNDS pdf icon PDF 36 KB

The Business Advisor (Schools) will present a follow up report, Document JY, which asks Forum Members to further consider the position of the funding of Schools, Central Schools Services and Early Years Block central and de-delegated items in 2019/20, following the initial discussion had in the meeting of 17 October 2018. This report includes the re-issue of the value for money analysis of Trade Union Facilities Time arrangements, which was initially considered by the Forum in March 2018.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       Members are asked to note the information provided in the report.

 

(2)       Members are asked to consider whether any further information is       needed to enable final recommendations and decisions to be           taken on 9 January 2019 on the funding of centrally managed and          de-delegated Early Years, Schools and Central School Services            Block items in 2019/20.

 

         (Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the information provided in Document JY be noted.

 

(2)       That sufficient information has been provided to enable the        Schools Forum to make its final recommendations on 9 January   2019 on the funding of centrally managed and de-delegated Early Years, Schools and Central School Services Block items in         2019/20.

 

 

15.

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:

·         Update from the Schools Financial Performance Group (SFPG)

·         Update from High Needs Block Steering Group (HNBSG)

·         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:

Resolved –

 

That the update on standing items be noted.

 

 

16.

AOB / FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

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

 

 

Decision:

No resolution was passed on this item.

 

 

17.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Please see the published schedule of meetings –

 

·         The next Forum meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 9 January 2019.

·         A provisional meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 16 January 2019 (if this is needed to complete 2019/20 DSG recommendations).

 

 

 

 

(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 9 January 2019.

·         A provisional meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 16 January 2019 (if this is needed to complete 2019/20 DSG recommendations).

 

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FROM:   

Parveen Akhtar

City Solicitor

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

 

Committee Secretariat Contact:

Asad Shah, 01274 432280

 

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