Schools Forum
Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 4.30 pm

Venue: Conference Room B - Civic Offices. View directions

Contact: Jane Di Dino 023 9283 4060  Email:

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Declarations of Interest


Membership Changes.


Minutes and matters arising from the previous meeting held on 7 December 2016. pdf icon PDF 83 KB


2017-18 School revenue funding arrangements and dedicated schools grant budget. pdf icon PDF 417 KB


The purpose of this report is to:

a.    Seek endorsement for the final stage submission to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) by the 20 January, of the 2017-18 mainstream school revenue funding pro-forma for the Primary and Secondary phases.


b.    Inform Schools Forum of the initial determination of the schools budget (including the individual schools budgets) for 2017-18 and to seek the necessary approvals and endorsements required.



It is recommended that Schools Members:

a.    Endorse the proposed changes to the mainstream schools revenue funding formula as set out in section 5.


b.    Agree (mainstream school members only) to the de-delegation of:

             i.   Funding for Behaviour Support Services for the period April to August 2017 (primary only).

            ii.   Funding to contribute to the costs of services provided to maintained schools previously funded from the ESG general funding rate.


c.    Endorse the de-delegated unit values for 2017-18 as shown at Appendix 4.


d.    Endorse the carry-forward of the final balance of the Schools Contingency Fund from 2016-17 into 2017-18 for use for the same purpose.


e.    Endorse the amount of the growth fund for 2017-18 at £275,300.


f.     Note the estimated pressures on the Growth Fund for 2018-19 and the proposals to consult with schools on changes to the growth fund criteria.


g.    Endorse the school revenue funding pro-forma at Appendix 7 for submission to the EFA on the 20 January 2017.


h.    Invite the views of Schools Forum and seek their agreement to adopt one of the following options in respect of the AP top-up funding rate for the Harbour School:

          i.          Maintain the AP top-up funding rate at the current £6,000 per annum.

         ii.          Increase the AP top-up funding rate from £6,000 to £8,000 per annum and a further reduction in the Basic Per Pupil Funding rate for mainstream schools by £4.63.

        iii.          Increase the AP top-up funding rate from £6,000 to £7,000 per annum and a further reduction in the Basic Per Pupil Funding rate for mainstream schools by £2.32.


It is recommended that Schools Forum:

i.      Endorse the determination of the 2017-18 schools budget (including the individual schools budgets) shown at Appendix 1, together with the supporting explanations contained within this report and specifically agree the following budget lines:

                 iv.        Admissions;

                  v.        Schools Forum;

                 vi.        ESG retained duties.


j.      Endorse the 2017-18 Element 3 Top-up rates for the Special Schools Resourced Units and Alternative Provision (Flying Bull only) settings as set out in Appendix 5.


k.    Endorse the decision that any carry-forward balances from 2016-17 be used to assist with the continued introduction of the funding reform changes and fund any potential financial pressures arising during 2017-18.


l.      Note that a report will be presented in February 2017 setting out:

                 i.       The local funding arrangements in respect of the 2, 3 and 4 year old early years provision for 2017-18; which will comply with the requirements of both the regulations and the operational guide.

               ii.       The necessary amendments to the 2017-18 budget, in  ...  view the full agenda text for item 5.

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