Schools Forum
Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 9.00 am

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Jacqui Phillips - 01202 456147  Email:

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Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests from Forum Members/Officers in matters appearing on the agenda.



Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 154 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting, held on 17 January 2020, as a correct record.


Public Issues

If you would like to raise anything for consideration at the upcoming schools forum meeting please contact the meeting clerk, no later than Thursday 2nd July. The Chair to the Forum will decide whether this should be considered at the meeting under Any Other Business, and you will be contacted in a timely manner to notify you of the outcome of this decision.




Dedicated Schools Grant Outturn 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 286 KB

The report considers the end of year position for the DSG budget 2019-20 at a net deficit of £1 million.


There is an overspend of £1.9 million from pressures within the High Needs Block, but this is partially offset by funding adjustments relating to prior years (£0.6m), and savings in other blocks (£0.3 million).


The resulting accumulated deficit at 31 March 2020 is £4.6 million with this required to be carried forward and recovered from future DSG allocations. 


Looked After Children Pupil Premium Arrangements 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 448 KB

To take a decision whether to agree the arrangements for 2020-21


COVID response and funding pdf icon PDF 126 KB

1.    The government have implemented a number of financial support packages for education providers.

2.    This report provides a summary of the most significant support available, and an overview of local financial policy that has been implemented.



SEND Sufficiency Proposals - Update pdf icon PDF 169 KB

1.    As reported to the Schools Forum in January, the LA are implementing a programme of special school and resource base expansion to meet sufficiency needs for specialist placements in the area.

2.    This additional provision is intended to meet some of the additional needs being identified as well as reduce reliance on often expensive Non-Maintained and Independent provision, to support reducing pressure within the High Needs revenue budget.


Election of Chair for the 2020/21 Academic Year

The Forum is asked to elect its Chair for the 2020/21 Academic Year.


Dates of Future Meetings

11 September 2020 8am

10 November 2020 8am



Any Other Business

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


Exclusion of the Public and Press

To consider passing the following Resolution (if required):


"RESOLVED that, in accordance with Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the Meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that it/they may involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph(s) [INSERT PARAGRAPH NUMBER HERE] of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Said Act as the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it”.