Schools Forum
Wednesday, 16th January, 2019 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 28 November 2018. pdf icon PDF 81 KB


Early Years SEND funding review. pdf icon PDF 309 KB


The proposed closure of the Willows Nursery School provides an opportunity to remodel the way in which Portsmouth City Councils supports early years children to access their funded entitlement. This report outlines the proposed changes to the funding and support for young children with SEND.



RECOMMENDED that the Schools Forum:

Endorse the following changes to funding and support for early years children with SEND (which are fully outlined in section 5):


1.    Commission places for early year's children with complex SEND through a specialist provision at Cliffdale Primary Academy (subject to the conclusion of the current consultation on the closure of Willows Nursery School).


2.    Establish a single funding steam for mainstream early years providers which has 2 elements:

·         A flexible 'complex needs' funding stream (EY Inclusion Fund - Enhanced) where funding will follow the child to the setting of their parent's choice. This element will be funded through the DSG High-Needs Block, using the funding released from the proposed closure of Willows Nursery School.

·         A refocussed Early Years Inclusion Fund (EY Inclusion Fund - Core) which supports children with 'low and emerging' needs, in-line with Statutory Guidance. This is already funded from the Early Years Block.


3.    Subject to consultation with the current service providers, refocus the allocation of funding to early years outreach on a resource which can consistently deliver practical support and role modelling to settings across the spectrum of needs. A SEND outreach officer role will be managed either through the Early Years Area SENCO team or Portage Plus.


4.    Review existing training and development opportunities for mainstream early year's providers to ensure they meet the needs of children and the settings they access.



Schools funding arrangements 2019-20. pdf icon PDF 342 KB

This report will follow.

Additional documents:


Any other business.