Agenda

Schools Forum
Wednesday, 12th July, 2017 4.30 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 Interests

3.

Membership Changes.

4.

Appointment of Chair and Vice Chair.

5.

Minutes and matters arising from the previous meeting held on 15 February 2017. pdf icon PDF 89 KB

6.

Schools Forum constitution. pdf icon PDF 118 KB

 

Purpose.

The purpose of this report is to seek Schools Forum approval of the revised constitution attached at Appendix 1. The amendments proposed within this report 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.

 

 

RECOMMENDED

 

It is recommended that the Schools Forum:

a. approve the revised constitution attached at Appendix 1 to take effect from 13th July 2017; and

b. note that with the increasing number of Academies within the city, the constitution will be reviewed at least annually to ensure appropriate representation on the Forum.

 

Additional documents:

7.

Scheme for financing schools. pdf icon PDF 202 KB

Purpose.

This report outlines the proposed changes to the Scheme for Financing Schools which reflect the revisions directed by the Department for Education.

 

RECOMMENDATION

It is recommended that Schools Forum members representing maintained schools approve the revised Scheme for Financing Schools attached at Appendix 1, to come into force on 1 August 2017.

 

 

Additional documents:

8.

2016-17 Dedicated schools grant outturn report and revised budget 2017-18. pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Purpose.

The purpose of this report is to inform Schools Forum of the year-end outturn

position as at the end of March 2017 for the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG)

and to propose revisions to the DSG budget for 2017-18.

 

RECOMMENDED

It is recommended that Schools Forum:

a. Note the year-end outturn budget position for the Dedicated Schools Grant as at the end of March 2017 and the variance explanations contained within this report.

b. Endorse the revised DSG budget for 2017-18 as set out in Appendix 1.

 

 

9.

Maintained school balances as at 31 March 2017. pdf icon PDF 458 KB

Purpose.

The purpose of this report is to inform Schools Forum of the level of maintained schools' revenue and capital balances as at 31st March 2017.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that Schools Forum notes the level of maintained schools' revenue balances and capital balances as at 31st March 2017 as shown in Appendices 2 & 3 and the monitoring action taken by the council.



 

10.

2017- 18 Funding formula benchmarking. pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Richard Webb, Finance Manager will present the attached benchmarking analysis.

11.

The Harbour school. pdf icon PDF 140 KB

Purpose.

The purpose of this report is to update Schools Forum on the progress that has been made to address the financial and structural issues at The Harbour School (THS); whilst ensuring the educational offer to pupils is maintained and enhanced. 

 

RECOMMENDATION

It is recommended that Schools Forum note the significant progress that has been made to address the financial and structural issues at The Harbour School and endorse the next steps that are now being taken as set out in section 4 of the report.

12.

SEND capital funding for special school places pdf icon PDF 151 KB

 

Purpose.

The purpose of this report is to provide an update on the progress and costs of the works required to adapt the accommodation at both Redwood Park Academy and Cliffdale Primary Academy to support the remodelling of the Special Schools and to support children with more complex needs.

 

Recommendations

 

It is recommended that Schools Forum note that:

 

a)    the project at Cliffdale Primary Academy will be completed in full. This will enable Cliffdale Academy to be fully equipped with sufficient and appropriate provision for primary aged pupils with more complex needs. The completion of the Cliffdale project will also enable modern modular accommodation to move to Redwood Park Academy, providing a medium-term temporary solution addressing the majority of the phase 1 requirements at Redwood Park Academy.

 

b)    £896,000 of capital funding is to be re-allocated from Redwood Park Academy to Cliffdale Primary in order to provide the necessary funding (of £3.096m) to complete the Cliffdale project and relocate the modular buildings.

 

 

13.

Future school funding formula changes.

Richard Webb, Finance Manager will give a verbal update.