Schools Forum - Friday, 24th June, 2022 9.00 am

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

Contact: Chris Harrod  Email:

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Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Declarations of Interest

Schools Forum Members 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 141 KB

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


Dedicated Schools Grant Outturn Report 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 290 KB

The report considers the end of year position for the DSG budget 2021-22 at a net in-year deficit of £12.5 million.  This is against a budgeted deficit of £9.6 million.

The additional £2.9 million is largely the result of the high needs expenditure increasing further, including a £0.9 million provision for an ongoing legal case. In addition, there has been a net overspend on the early years funding formula of £0.4 million.

The accumulated deficit has grown as a result from £7.9 million to £20.3 million at March 2022, with this required to be carried forward and recovered from future DSG allocations.


High Needs Update pdf icon PDF 146 KB

This report provides an outline of the present challenges and the approach being developed to address these issues.

The number of Education, Health and Care Plans is continuing to increase and whilst there is evidence of increasing numbers within mainstream settings there is continued and increasing demands upon the budget.

BCP Council is progressing the implementation of new mainstream funding bands which will provide funding to meet more needs within mainstream schools as well reviewing the specialist support available to schools.

Work has commenced on developing funding bands across BCP Special Schools to harmonise funding arrangements and ensure there is sufficient resources to meet needs.

BCP Council received a Supplementary School Grant for Special Schools within the High Needs budget, and this is being distributed on a pro rate by commissioned place approach. The plan is to incorporate this within the Special School funding bands being developed.


Mainstream Banding Update


High Needs Sub-Group Update


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To consider and note the Forward Plan

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Dates of Future Meetings

To agree the date of the next Schools Forum meeting.


Any Other Business

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