Agenda

Schools Forum
Wednesday, 15th October, 2014 5.00 pm

Venue: Conference Room A - Civic Offices. View directions

Contact: Jane Di Dino 023 9283 4060  Email: jane.didino@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

2.

Declarations of Interest

3.

Membership Changes

4.

Minutes of the previous meeting held on 16 July 2014 and matters arising pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Additional documents:

5.

School Funding Reform 2015 - 2016 pdf icon PDF 222 KB

Purpose of report

The purpose of this report is to inform Schools Forum of the progress being made towards the implementation of changes to School Funding for 2015-16 and to seek approval for the first stage of the submission to the Department for Education (DfE) of the 2015-16 budget proforma.

 

Recommendations

It is recommended that Schools Members:

 

a.    Agree that following confirmation of the 2015-16 Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG), officers will amend the unit values to minimise the impact of fluctuations in funding at the school level and to maintain overall affordability. In order to provide schools with some certainty, where possible any changes will be limited to the following formula factors:

·         Basic Per Pupil Entitlement

·         Prior attainment

·         Lump Sum

·         The percentage of the financial cap

 

b.    Agree the proposed changes to the mainstream funding formula factors, together with the choices that the Council has made in implementing these factors locally, as detailed at paragraph 4.6.

 

c.    Approve the submission of the draft proforma to the DfE as the first stage of the 2015-16 school's funding formula process.

 

d.    Agree by phase, (maintained primary and secondary schools) the de-delegation of the following budgets for central administration in 2015-16.

 

 

De-Delegation Proposed

Expenditure Item

Primary

Secondary

Administration of free school meals eligibility

Yes

Yes

Licences

Yes

Yes

Special Staff Costs: Union Duties only.

Yes

Yes

Schools Contingency Fund

Yes

Yes

Behaviour Support

Yes

 

No

Museum & Library Services

Yes

No

 

e.     Agree the proposed Growth Fund criteria for 2015-16 as set out on page 15 of the attached consultation document.

 

f.     Agree that Portsmouth will not operate a Falling Rolls Fund in 2015-16, for the reasons explained within the attached consultation document.

 

g.    Note, that subject to the government's consultation on the Finance Regulations, the DfE are proposing to increase the funding for Alternative Provision places from £8,000 to £10,000 from 01 September 2015.

 

h.    Note, that if it is agreed to increase the funding for Alternative Provision places, the top-up rates for Flying Bull Primary and the Harbour School would need to be reduced as follows, in order to maintain overall affordability.

 

 

The Harbour School

Flying Bull Primary Academy

Element 3 Top up rate 1.4.2015 to 31.8.2015

£5,273

£6,638

Element 3 Top up rate 1.9.2015 to 31.3.2016

£2,714

£4,638

 

 

Additional documents:

6.

Schools Forum Constitution pdf icon PDF 206 KB

Purpose

The purpose of this report is to seek Schools Forum approval of the revised constitution attached at Appendix 2. The amendments contained within this paper are intended to update the Schools Forum constitution to ensure that there is appropriate representation; particularly with the increasing number of schools converting to Academy status within the city.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

It is recommended that the Schools Forum approves the revised constitution attached at Appendix 2 of the report to take effect from 1st November 2014.

Additional documents:

7.

School modernisation and capital programme - capital contributions from schools pdf icon PDF 347 KB

Purpose

The purpose of this report is to determine the methodology that should be used to secure a contribution from schools towards the Council's annual school modernisation capital programme.  

 

Recommendations

 It is recommended that Schools Forum consider and approve one of the following options for school contributions to the annual school modernisation capital programme (full details of the options are set out in paragraph 4.5):

 

a)    Option 1a - All maintained schools contribute an amount equivalent to the devolved formula capital (DFC) allocation.

b)    Option 1b - All maintained schools contribute an amount equivalent to 1% of the schools budget share.


The contributions in option 1a and 1b would be weighted as follows:

 

 

DFC

Equivalent

% Budget Share Equivalent

Total balances below £25,000

Nil Contribution

Nil contribution

Total balances £25,001 - £250,000

1X DFC

1%

Total balances £250,001-£500,000

1.5 DFC

1.5%

Total balances over £500,000

2X DFC

2%

 

c)    Option 1c - Only maintained schools with capital projects contribute an amount equivalent to their DFC allocation, on the following basis, using the weighting methodology in option 1a above:


Scheme Value £15,001 - £50,000 – equivalent of 1 year’s DFC allocation

Scheme Value £50,001 - £100,000 – equivalent of 2 year’s DFC allocation

Scheme Value above £100,000 – equivalent of 3 year’s DFC allocation    

8.

Traded services - The Next Steps (presentation)

9.

Dates of future meetings

The next meeting is on 10 December 2014. 

 

The proposed dates for meetings in 2015 are (all meetings are at 4.30pm):

21 January

25 February

22 April

15 July

 

10.

Any other business