Schools Forum - Tuesday, 6th February, 2024 10.00 am

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

Contact: Claire Johnston 01202  Email:

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Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


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.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 366 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting, held on 15 January 2024, as a correct record.


Looked After Children Pupil Premium Arrangements 2024-25 pdf icon PDF 127 KB

This report accompanies the document called the BCP Pupil Premium (PP+ and PP+ post 16) policy April 2024 to March 2025. The policy is in draft format and aims to informs the reader of our intention to spend the grant funding provided by the DfE including allocation to schools and central retention.

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Early Years Single Funding Formula 2024-25 pdf icon PDF 391 KB

A new Early Years Single Funding Formula (EYSFF) for BCP is required for April 2024 and consultation with the early years sector has now concluded.

The DfE notified local authorities of their funding agreement on 29 November 2023, with substantial changes from 2023-24. A group of provider representatives helped to shape the proposal and indicated that their preference was to avoid consulting with the sector during or just before the Christmas break, which Children’s Services agreed to. 

The governments biggest expansion of childcare entitlements begins this year and the proposed EYSFF includes funding rates for the children of working parents aged 9-36 months for the first time.  These changes, along with a revision to the way children with SEND are funded, introducing a Deprivation Supplement to support our most disadvantaged 9–36-month-old children, a significant uplift in the Council’s central functions and the introduction of a contingency fund formed the proposed EYSFF.

31% of providers engaged with the consultation and were, overall, supportive of the proposed EYSFF.  The consultation response may be seen in Appendix A.

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Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To consider and note the Forward Plan


Dates of Future Meetings

All Forum meetings are scheduled for 10.00am on Mondays as follows:


·       24 June 2024

·       23 September 2024

·        18 November 2024

·       13 January 2025

·       23 June 2025


Any Other Business

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