Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Forum.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Joanne Graham, Steve Harris, Martyn Patterson, Mark Dale-Emberton, Margaret Mythen, Carrie Gowen and Councillor Linda Bird.

 

Apologies were also received from Councillor Miranda Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 5 October 2016.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Schools Forum held on 18 October 2016 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

 

3.

Matters Arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising.

4.

Declarations of Interest

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

5.

2017 -18 Funding Settlement pdf icon PDF 33 KB

Provide the Schools Forum with an update on the 2017/18 funding settlement for the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

Support the submission of the Authority Proforma Tool – (APT ) which is the basis of the Local Schools Funding Formula for 2017/18. This will incorporate an update on the feedback from the post consultation review with Secondary Schools.

 

Note that a further detailed report and appropriate appendices detailing the National Funding Formula will be published 17 January 2017 prior to the meeting.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the content of the report and approved the submission of Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Local School’s Funding Formula, Authority Proforma Tool (APT) 2017/18 to the Department for Education.

 

Minutes:

The Schools Forum noted the tabled Appendix C which showed National Non Domestic Rates 2016/17 Estimate and Actual – plus 2017/18.

 

The report was presented by the  Children’s Services Finance Manager who updated the Schools Forum on the 2017/18 funding settlement of the Dedicated Schools Grant.

 

The  Children’s Services Finance Manager stated that the 2017/18 Schools Block allocation to the Royal Borough of Greenwich was £212.48m. She reminded the Forum that the Department for Education undertook a re-basing exercise in May 2016 and that the flexibility of funding would be limited and going forward would be ringfenced to a greater degree. As a result the Schools Block Unit of Funding (SBUF) per pupil had dropped from £6019.53 in 2016/17 to £5880.96 for 2017/18. This equated to an overall reduction of SBUF to the Borough of £161k.

 

She continued that an additional funding stream for 2017/18 was the Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) New Burdens Implementation Grant of £274,268. The Section 31 Grant for 2016/17 of £123,586 was to be used in 2017/18 to undertake a strategic review of the Borough’s Special Education Needs strategy, to assist in identifying the High Needs Block. The transitional Education Service Grant for 2017/18 was confirmed at £887k and would be approximately £753k after the academy adjustment and the Borough would also be allocated approximately £590k streamlined into the Dedicated Schools Grant.

 

A member of the Forum asked if the SEND Implementation Grant allocation differed to the previous year. The Assistant Director Inclusion, Learning and Achievement replied that it was much the same as previous years but the Borough were having to contribute more back as the spend was higher.

 

The Children’s Services Finance Manager advised the Schools Forum that at the working group convened to discuss the redistribution of the Post 16 factor and in consultation with Heads and Governors of Secondary Schools the consensus was that the preference was option 1 – Uplift all allowable factors. This generated an uplift of 2.06% on all allowable factors.

 

The  Children’s Services Finance Manager highlighted that the Free School Meals (FSM) ever 6 numbers had significantly reduced by 4% at Primary level and 5% at Secondary, schools needed to be mindful of the impact on the Pupil Premium. The Forum asked for an explanation of the reduction. The Children’s Services Manager replied that the number of parents registering had reduced and she had urged schools to discuss this with parents and encourage them to register. Many reasons including stigma attached to receiving free school meals, Universal infant school meals, mobility issues etc. could all be contributing reasons. She also said that some schools had employed incentives to encourage parents to apply. She added that datasets needed to be completed accurately and fully by schools.

 

She asked that the Forum noted that English as an Additional Language (EAL) in secondary schools had reduced as had Mobility for both Primary and Secondary. However changes to the formula were not being proposed as a result of this. Funding  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Attendance Record pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To advise of attendance at the meetings of the Schools Forum.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the report was noted.