Cabinet Member for Education
Thursday, 27th February, 2020 2.00 pm

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

Contact: Lisa Gallacher 02392 834056  Email:

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Apologies for absence


Declarations of Members' Interests


Dedicated Schools Grant Budget 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 410 KB

Purpose of report

To inform the Cabinet Member of 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 initial determination of the Schools Budget for 2020-21 as set out in Appendix 1.


b.     Approve the 2020-21 Special School, Inclusion Centre and Alternative Provision places as set out in Appendix 2.


c.      Approve the 2020-21 Element 3 Top-up rates for The Harbour Special School, Inclusion Centres (including the addition of an Element 3 Top-up at Trafalgar Inclusion Centre), and Alternative Provision settings as set out in Appendix 3.


d.     Approve the Solent Academies Trust proposal to increase the 2020-21 Element 3 Top-up rates for Solent Academies Trust to include an increase of 1.84% as set out in Appendix 4


e.      Approve the proposal that any carry-forward balances from 2019-20 be used to assist with the continued introduction of the funding reform changes and fund any potential financial pressures arising during 2020-21.


f.       Approve the local funding arrangements in respect of the two, three and four year old early years provision for 2020-21 as set out in section 7 and Appendix 5.



Home to School Transport: consultation on policy for 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 171 KB

Purpose of report


To provide an update on the development of Portsmouth's approach to providing travel assistance and seek approval for the next stages of this work.

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member for Education agrees to:


a)     Consult on the revised Portsmouth travel assistance policies for children of statutory school age and post 16 learners. The revised draft policies and consultation letter are attached at Appendices 2-4.

b)     Delegate to the Director of Children, Families and Education responsibility for finalising the updated policies taking account of feedback during the consultation period.

c)     Note the proposed approach to the commissioning of home to school transport, where provided, which will be implemented fully from 1 September 2020. 



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