Agenda and minutes

Cabinet Member for Education
Thursday, 13th October, 2016 4.15 pm

Venue: The Executive Meeting Room - Third Floor, The Guildhall. View directions

Contact: Lisa Gallacher 02392 834056  Email: lisa.gallacher@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

7.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Denny and also from the Labour Group.

8.

Declarations of Members' Interests

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

9.

Future Changes to Early Years Funding pdf icon PDF 369 KB

Purpose of report

To provide the Cabinet Member with an initial summary and impact assessment, of the proposals contained within the consultation document issued by the Department for Education (DfE) on the 11th August 2016 tilted: 'An early years national funding formula - And changes to the way the three-and-four-year-old entitlements to childcare are funded'.

 

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member:

 

(1)  Note the Department for Education's proposed changes to the early years funding arrangements for three and four year olds and the potential impact of these changes, as set out within this report,

 

(2)  Note the submission of the response to the Department for Education's (DfE's) consultation, as shown at Appendix 1.

 

(3)  Note the areas of the existing local funding formula that are to be reviewed in response to the DfE's proposed changes; as set out in paragraph 7.16.

 

(4)  Endorse the proposed consultation process with early years childcare providers as set out in section 11.

 

Minutes:

(TAKE IN REPORT)

 

The report was introduced by Richard Webb, Finance Manager.  Anthony Harper, Service Manager - Children's Centres and Childcare Development was also present for this item to answer questions.  In response to a question, officers advised that current parents and children are not expected to notice any difference in their provision as a consequence of the DfE's proposed funding changes. However, Portsmouth as a whole is anticipated to benefit positively as a result of the DfE's proposed funding formula changes. 

 

DECISION: the Cabinet Member

(1)  Noted the Department for Education's proposed changes to the early years funding arrangements for three and four year olds and the potential impact of these changes, as set out within the report,

(2)  Noted the submission of the response to the Department for Education's (DfE's) consultation, as shown at Appendix 1.

(3)   Noted the areas of the existing local funding formula that are to be reviewed in response to the DfE's proposed changes; as set out in paragraph 7.16.

(4)  Endorsed the proposed consultation process with early years childcare providers as set out in section 11.

 

10.

School Funding Arrangements 2017-18 pdf icon PDF 292 KB

Purpose of report

The main purpose of the report is to inform the Cabinet Member for Education of the progress being made towards the implementation of changes to the school revenue funding arrangements for 2017-18 and to seek the necessary approvals at this stage.



RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member:

 

(1)  Endorse the principles proposed by the mainstream working group in Appendix 1 to guide and inform the development of the funding arrangements for 2017-18.

 

(2)  Approve, that following the confirmation of the 2017-18 Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG), officers will amend the funding 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.

 

(3)  Approve the proposed changes to the mainstream funding formula factors, together with choices the council has made in implementing these factors locally, as set out in section 5.

 

(4)  Agree to the de-delegation of the following budgets for central administration in 2017-18 and note the proposed rates for de-delegation (as shown at paragraph 3.41 of the consultation document), which will be finally agreed in January:

 

                                                        i.        Behaviour Support - Primary Only

                                                      ii.        Special Staff Costs (Union Duties)

                                                     iii.        Schools Contingency Fund

                                                     iv.        Licences

 

(5)  Note that subject to the guidance awaited from the Department for Education (DfE) and the results of the work being undertaken by the Inclusion Commissioning Manager, that the authority is not proposing to make any changes to High Needs place numbers for Special Schools, Resources Units and Alternative Provision settings for 2017-18.

 

(6)  Note that subject to the guidance awaited from the DfE that the authority is not proposing to make any changes to the annual rates for Element 3 Top-up funding for Resource Units and Alternative Provision settings for 2017-18.

 

(7)  Note that as set out in paragraph 7.2, work is being undertaken by the Inclusion Commissioning Manager to review the Element 3 Top-up funding arrangements for Special Schools.

 

(8)  Approve the MFG exemptions submitted to the DfE by the required deadline of 30 November 2016 as set out in paragraph 7.3.

 

(9)  Approve the funding allocation to Redwood Park Special School as set out in paragraph 8.2.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(TAKE IN REPORT)

 

The report was introduced by Alison Egerton, Group Accountant. 

 

The Cabinet Member thanked officers for their work on this as it has been hugely complicated but this report sets out the situation very clearly.  Officers explained that this report would go to the Schools Forum next week for endorsement.

 

DECISION: the Cabinet Member:

(1)  Endorsed the principles proposed by the mainstream working group in Appendix 1 to guide and inform the development of the funding arrangements for 2017-18.

(2)  Agreed, that following the confirmation of the 2017-18 Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG), officers will amend the funding 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.

(3)  Approved the proposed changes to the mainstream funding formula factors, together with choices the council has made in implementing these factors locally, as set out in section 5.

(4)  Agreed to the de-delegation of the following budgets for central administration in 2017-18 and note the proposed rates for de delegation (as shown at paragraph 3.41 of the consultation document), which will be finally agreed in January:

i. Behaviour Support - Primary Only

ii. Special Staff Costs (Union Duties)

iii. Schools Contingency Fund

iv. Licences

(5)  Noted that subject to the guidance awaited from the Department for Education (DfE) and the results of the work being undertaken by the Inclusion Commissioning Manager, that the authority is not proposing to make any changes to High Needs place numbers for Special Schools, Resources Units and Alternative Provision settings for 2017- 18.

(6)  Noted that subject to the guidance awaited from the DfE that the authority is not proposing to make any changes to the annual rates for Element 3 Top-up funding for Resource Units and Alternative Provision settings for 2017-18.

(7)  Noted that as set out in paragraph 7.2, work is being undertaken by the Inclusion Commissioning Manager to review the Element 3 Top-up funding arrangements for Special Schools.

(8)  Approved the MFG exemptions submitted to the DfE by the required deadline of 30 November 2016 as set out in paragraph 7.3.

(9)  Approved the funding allocation to Redwood Park Special School as set out in paragraph 8.2.

 

 

 

11.

Change to SEN designation of Redwood Park School - outcome of statutory representation stage pdf icon PDF 206 KB

Purpose of report

This report sets out the outcome of the statutory representation undertaken between 3rd September 2016 and 3rd October 2016 on the proposal to change the type of SEN need catered for by Redwood Park School.


The report seeks approval to move to the next stage in the process which is implementation of the proposal by 1st November 2016.


RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member for Education:

(1)  Considers the outcome of the statutory representation undertaken between 3rd September and 3rd October 2016.

(2)  Approve the proposal to change the formal designation of Redwood Park School from a school for pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) and / or Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) to a school for pupils with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) or Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASD).

(3)  Authorise the Deputy Director for Children’s Services - Education to proceed with the implementation of the proposal.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(TAKE IN REPORT)

 

The report was introduced by Chris Williams, Pupil Place Planning & Capital Strategy Officer. He advised that if agreed, the changes would be implemented on 1 November 2016. 

 

Councillor Young said that he was pleased that the proposal would not affect children already in the school and he was fully in support of the proposal.

 

DECISION: the Cabinet Member:

(1)  Considered the outcome of the statutory representation undertaken between 3rd September and 3rd October 2016

(2)  Approved the proposal to change the formal designation of Redwood Park School from a school for pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) and / or Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) to a school for pupils with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) or Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASD)

(3)  Authorised the Deputy Director for Children’s Services - Education to proceed with the implementation of the proposal.

 

12.

Closure of Brambles Nursery School and replacement full day care provision at Goldsmith Infant School pdf icon PDF 162 KB

 

 Purpose of report

This report sets out the outcome of the statutory representation undertaken between 3rd September 2016 and 3rd October 2016 on a proposal to close the Brambles Nursery and for Goldsmith Infant School to operate full day care provision comprising a 0 - 4 provision alongside the infant school.

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member for Education:

(1)   Consider the outcome of the statutory representation undertaken between 3rd September and 3rd October 2016

(2)  Approve the proposal to close The Brambles Nursery School (Maintained) for Goldsmith Infant School to operate full day care comprising 0-4 provision alongside the operation of the Infant School from 1st April 2017

(3)  Authorise the Deputy Director of Children's Services - Education, to proceed to the implementation stage.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(TAKE IN REPORT)

The report was introduced by Chris Williams, Pupil Place Planning & Capital Strategy Officer.  In response to a question, officers explained that parents and children would not notice any difference following the changes. The change in status of the school will be reinforced by the completion of the capital works later this year to modernise the buildings and to expand the infant provision.

 

DECISION: the Cabinet Member

(1)   Considered the outcome of the statutory representation undertaken between 3rd September and 3rd October 2016

2) Approved the proposal to close The Brambles Nursery School (Maintained) for Goldsmith Infant School to operate full day care comprising 0-4 provision alongside the operation of the Infant School from 1st April 2017

(3) Authorised the Deputy Director of Children's Services - Education, to proceed to the implementation stage.