Agenda

Cabinet Member for Education
Thursday, 16th January, 2020 4.00 pm

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

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

Webcast: View the webcast

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Declarations of Members' Interests

3.

School Modernisation and Sufficiency Programme pdf icon PDF 168 KB

Purpose of report

To provide an update on the progress of:

 

·      Urgent school condition projects

·      Mainstream school sufficiency schemes aimed at increasing school place capacity within the city

·      Special school sufficiency schemes aimed at ensuring that schools can take children with more complex SEND.

 

RECOMMENDED

 

(1)  It is recommended that the Cabinet Member notes the progress on the school modernisation "urgent condition" projects, the secondary school sufficiency projects and the special school sufficiency projects (as set out in the report and in Appendix A).

 

(2)  It is recommended that the schemes agreed with the Lead Member since the last report are formally approved.

 

Additional documents:

4.

Education Portfolio Budget Monitoring Report for the Second Quarter 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Purpose of report

 

To inform the Cabinet Member of the projected financial position for the portfolio revenue cash limit and capital programme for the current financial year 2019/20. This report sets out the budget position and contributing factors to the projected spend within the portfolio as at the end of September 2019.

 

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member notes the Education Portfolio forecast revenue and capital budget positions, as at the end of September 2019, together with the variance and pressure explanations.

 

 

5.

Dedicated Schools Grant 2019-20 Quarter 2 budget monitoring pdf icon PDF 219 KB

Purpose of report

To inform Cabinet Member of the projected revenue expenditure of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) for the current financial year 2019-20 as at the end of September 2019.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member:

 

(1)  Notes the forecast year-end budget position for the Dedicated Schools Grant as at 30 September 2019, together with the associated explanations contained within this report.

 

(2)  Approves the necessary adjustments to Dedicated Schools Grant to reflect:

·           Early years budgets and DSG income budget, to reflect the adjustment in grant funding due to pupil number changes, as set out in paragraphs 3.30 and 3.31.

 

6.

Targeted Short Breaks pdf icon PDF 185 KB

Purpose of report

 

To inform the Cabinet Member for Education of the feedback from the engagement activity carried out regarding the budget pressures to the Targeted Short Breaks and to recommend a way forward.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member for Education agrees to the steps below which will ensure that Personal Budgets in the form of Prepaid Cards, can continue to be provided to eligible families within the budget available:

 

a)     The value of pre-paid cards is set every year, dependent on the estimated number of applications.

 

b)     Pre-paid cards are only available to those who are not already accessing a specialist short break package.

 

c)     Families will have to apply for a pre-paid card annually.

 

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7.

School Revenue Funding Arrangements 2020-2021 pdf icon PDF 405 KB

Purpose of report

 

The purpose of this report is to:

 

a.      seek approval for the final stage submission to the Education and Funding Skills Agency (ESFA) by the 21 January, of the 2020-21 mainstream school revenue funding pro-forma for the Primary and Secondary phases.

 

b.      inform the Cabinet Member of the progress towards the initial determination of the schools budget (including individual schools budgets) for 2020-21 and to seek the necessary approvals and endorsements required.

 

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member:

 

a.    Approve the proposed changes to the mainstream schools revenue funding formula as set out in section 7.

 

b.    Approve the school revenue funding pro-forma at Appendix 4 for submission to the ESFA on the 21 January 2020.

 

c.    Approve the budget to be held centrally for the payment of central licences negotiated nationally for all schools by the Secretary of State

 

d.    Approve the implementation of the disapplication requests as set out in Section 8

 

e.    Endorse the carry forward the final balance of the Schools Specific Contingency Fund from 2019-20 to 2020-21 to be used for the same purpose.

 

f.     Endorse the Growth Fund criteria for 2020-21 and secondary values as set out in Section 7 and Appendix 5.

 

g.    Endorse the budgets to be held centrally, specifically:

 

·         Schools Forum

·         Admissions

·         Duties retained by the local authority for all schools.

 

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8.

Home to School Transport pdf icon PDF 433 KB

Purpose of report

The purpose of this report is to outline the ongoing pressures on the home to school & college transport budget, which are becoming increasingly difficult to manage within the overall Education and Early Help budget, and the actions that are being taken to address them.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member:

 

a)     Notes the scale of the budget pressure together with the remedial actions taken by the Education & Early Help Service over an extended period in order to contain overall costs as set out in sections 3 and 4 of the report;

b)     Notes the actions and plans that the Education & Early Help Service is undertaking in 2019/20 to address existing and future budget pressures as set out in section 5 of the report and in Appendix 3.

 

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