Agenda

Schools Forum - Monday, 16th January, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room, First Floor, BCP Civic Centre Annex, St Stephen's Rd, Bournemouth BH2 6LL. View directions

Contact: Nicky Hooley  Email: democratic.services@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors are requested to declare any interests on items included in this agenda. Please refer to the workflow on the preceding page for guidance.

Declarations received will be reported at the meeting.

3.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 198 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting, held on 13 December 2022, as a correct record.

4.

Early Years Single Funding Formula (EYSFF) 2023-24 pdf icon PDF 273 KB

This report sets out the options for the early years single funding formula (EYSFF) for the financial year 2023/24 to enable a recommendation to be made to the council.

Central budgets to support the council’s statutory duties for early years are also set out in the report for agreement.

A summary of responses to the consultation undertaken with the sector is in the process of being collated and will follow (as Appendix 2).

Additional documents:

5.

DSG Settlement and Draft Budget for 2023-24 pdf icon PDF 356 KB

1.      The DSG Settlement for 2023-24 was received on 16 December 2022. Compared with 2022-23 it provided a 6.4% increase in funding overall:

a.   Indicative allocations for the early years block reflecting increased unit values of 5% for 2 year olds and 5.2% for 3&4 year olds.      

b.   Final allocations for the school’s block based on the October 2022 schools census with the increase in funding through the schools NFF at £6 million (2.5%). Higher funding values account for £3.7 million (1.5%) as reported in November, with additional pupils at census providing a further £2.3 million (1.0%).  Funding for in-year pupil growth at September 2023, has decreased by £43,000 compared with last year. 

c.   A supplementary grant for mainstream schools was announced in the Autumn statement. The £8.5 million for BCP is equivalent to a further funding increase of 3.5%, bringing the mainstream schools increase to 6.0% overall.   

d.   Allocations for the central school services block provide a reduction compared with last year of £12,000 for on-going LA functions with previous levels of funding not yet restored for historic commitments. 

e.   Indicative allocations for the high needs block are for an increase of £5.2 million (9.7%). This includes the supplementary grant for high needs providers of £2.4 million announced in the Autumn Statement. 

A draft DSG budget is provided in the Appendix to provide context for decisions on the meeting agenda.  The funding gap for high needs pupils is projected to grow to £27 million in 2023/24.      

6.

School Funding Consultation and Budget Proposals 2023-24 pdf icon PDF 754 KB

This report sets out the outcome of the 2023-24 school funding consultation and considers proposals for the DSG budget

The schools block proposals include that the mainstream schools funding formula is to continue to adopt the National Funding Formula (NFF), but with a cap introduced to limit per pupil gains, the existing growth fund policy is maintained, and the balance of funding is transferred to support the high needs budget. Also included are budget proposals for the central school services block. 

7.

Central Retention and De-delegation Consultation pdf icon PDF 280 KB

This report provides proposals for:

·     the central retention of services where the LA retains a statutory duty to undertake activity to support maintained schools only (both mainstream and specialist);

·     de-delegation of services applicable only to mainstream schools. These are services where schools retain the statutory duties, but better efficiency could be achieved through central delivery by the LA.

Additional documents:

8.

SEND Capital Programme and Delivering Better Value (DBV) pdf icon PDF 278 KB

This report provides an update on the Council’s progress as part of its participation in the Department for Education’s Delivering Better Value (DBV) programme. The programme is designed to provide dedicated support and funding to help local authorities with substantial deficit issues in their high needs block of the dedicated schools grant (DSG) to reform their high needs systems. BCP Council is one of 55 LAs participating in the first cohort of the programme. The Council is using the DBV programme to validate the direction of travel of the Council’s Written Statement of Action and High Needs Block Recovery Plans and further inform the prioritisation of workstreams, their implementation and associated timelines. The programme will help BCP Council prepare and submit a grant application for transformation funding of £1m and this will be used to impact the trajectory of high needs expenditure.

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9.

Looked After Children Pupil Premium Arrangements 2023-24 pdf icon PDF 280 KB

This report supports the presentation of a draft policy owned by the Virtual School relating to Pupil Premium plus funding for 23-24.

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10.

High Needs Consultation

To receive an update on the High Needs consultation. 

11.

Forward Plan

To consider and note the Forward Plan

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12.

Dates of Future Meetings

The Schools Forum is scheduled to meet on the following dates:

· Monday 26 June 2023, 10:00am

· Monday 25 September 2023, 10:00am

 

13.

Any Other Business

To consider any other business, which, in the opinion of the Chairman, is of sufficient urgency to warrant consideration.