Schools Forum - Wednesday, 26th May, 2021 4.30 pm

Venue: Virtual Remote Meeting. View directions

Contact: Lisa Gallacher 023 9283 4056  Email:

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Declarations of Interest


Membership Changes


Minutes of the previous meeting held on 10 February 2021 and Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 94 KB


Early years sufficiency update report pdf icon PDF 147 KB


Update on sufficiency in early years due to the impact of COVID 19 - latest information about sufficiency across the city and any long term impact from the pandemic that may continue to affect providers.


RECOMMENDED that School Forum Members to note the report as set out in section 3.



An evaluation of initiatives to manage the DSG's High Needs Block spending pdf icon PDF 568 KB

Purpose of report


The purpose of this report is to provide an evaluation of the impact of initiatives implemented with the aim of managing demand on the DSG's High Needs Block funding:


(1)          The establishment of a SEND 'Monitoring and Review' Hub to monitor the impact of element 3 funding attached to EHCPs and ensure value for money on behalf of Schools Forum.

(2)          A pilot project to test the use of AV1 'No Isolation' robots to increase the inclusion of children who are unable to physically attend school, and thereby increase the value for money of the medical tuition offer.

(3)          The Turnaround project, funded by a DfE grant which has now come to an end, and which focused on increasing the successful reintegration of children from Alternative Provision (AP) to mainstream schools thus increasing the availability of AP places.  




            2.1       It is recommended that Schools Forum note:


2.1.1  The progress the SEND Monitoring and Review Hub has made and that a full evaluation of the impact of the work after 18 months will be brought to Schools Forum in 2022.

2.1.2  Continued funding of 6 AV1 'No Isolation' robots £15k per annum.


2.2       It is expected that Schools Forum approve:

2.2.1  Funding the Turnaround project circa £100k per annum with a minimum commitment of 3 years. Any future funding would be based on a full evaluation of the project.



Schools Forum Constitution 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 217 KB


·         To update the Schools Forum on the  composition of membership which has been updated to provide for appropriate representation between maintained schools and academies within the city,

·         To seek Schools Forum approval to revise the constitution attached at Appendix A.


RECOMMENDED that Schools Forum approves the revised constitution attached at appendix a, to take effect from 26 may 2021.


Additional documents:


Schools Specific Contingency request pdf icon PDF 199 KB


To request the use of the Schools Specific Contingency by Manor Infant School to support the financial impact of the loss of pupil premium funding as set out in the business case in Appendix 1


RECOMMENDED that schools forum approve the request from manor infant school for financial support to the sum of £17,485 from the schools specific contingency to cover a shortfall in funding as set out in appendix 1.


Additional documents:


Quarter 3 Budget Monitoring pdf icon PDF 210 KB



The purpose of this report is to inform Schools Forum of the projected revenue expenditure of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) for the current financial year 2020-21 as at the end of December 2020.



It is recommended that Schools Forum notes the forecast year-end budget position for the Dedicated Schools Grant as at 31 December 2020, together with the associated explanations contained within this report.



Future Schools Forum meetings

The dates of future meetings are as follows: 

·         26 May 2021

·         7 July 2021

·         6 October 2021

·         1 December 2021

·         19 January 2022

·         9 February 2022


All meetings are at 4:30pm


The Schools Forum are asked to consider whether they wish to proceed with virtual meetings going forward as permitted under the amended Schools and Early Years Finance (England) regulations 2021 or whether they wish to revert to face to face meetings.