Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Schools Forum
Thursday 20 September 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Cabinet Suite - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Joanne Bolton - 01452 324197 

Items
No. Item

27.

Declarations of Interest

Members of the Forum must declare an interest in any agenda item where the outcome may give them a direct pecuniary advantage or avoid a disadvantage.  A form is available at the back of the meeting room.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

 

28.

Public Questions

To receive any public questions.  Questions can be asked on the day or sent to the Clerk before the meeting.  A written answer will be provided if questions are received 3 clear working days before the date of the meeting.  The Chairman will advise timescale for any questions asked on the day of the meeting or received less than 3 working days before the meeting.

Minutes:

No public questions were received.

29.

Election of Vice-Chair

To elect a Vice-Chair with a term of office of two years.

Minutes:

There were no nominations received for the Vice-Chair role.  It was therefore agreed that the election of a Vice-Chair would be added to the agenda for the next Forum meeting on 15 November 2018.

ACTION: Joanne Bolton

 

30.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2018 and note actions.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

30.1    The minutes of the previous meeting of 21 June 2018 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair. 

 

30.2    The Forum noted that there were no outstanding actions.

31.

School Funding 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 191 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

31.1    The Forum received a report outlining the implications of the government announcements on school funding for 2019/20.  The Forum also received a report on High Needs which provided an update on the outcomes of the formal consultation and set out recommendations on the future of High Needs provision.

 

31.2    The Forum was informed that on 24 July 2018 the government had announced a series of increases to teachers’ pay from 1 September 2018. The government had stated that the award would  be ‘fully funded’, with the first 1% covered within school budgets since the National Funding Formula (NFF) baseline was raised by 0.5% per pupil for all schools, and in 2018/19 and 2019/20 by a new teachers’ pay grant.  However, there were still questions to be answered on how the grant would be allocated and what would happen from 2020/21.  It was reported that between the Forum papers being issued and the meeting taking place, some further information on the allocation method had been released, showing that funding would be allocated on a per pupil basis with a minimum allocation based on 100 pupils for mainstream schools.

 

31.3    The Forum received information on the arrangements for the move to the NFF in 2019/20.  There were no major surprises from previous government announcements on the formula, and the Forum noted the key changes set out in the report. 

 

31.4    In summary, it was noted that the key changes were that the Minimum Funding Levels per pupil had increased to £3,500 for primary schools and to £4,800 for secondary schools.  The Authority Proforma Tool now included the option to use a funding floor factor, and the option to use the alternative gains cap calculation. Both were used in the NFF, but were not available for local authorities to use in 2018/19.  Their inclusion in 2019/20 would allow the Council to more closely match the NFF methodology in the 2019/20 formula.

 

31.5    The Forum noted the indicative overall 2019/20 Dedicated Schools Grant summary.  The Forum also noted that the funds were £1.3M short of what was needed to allocate funds to schools using the NFF factor rates.

 

31.6    The Forum was informed that a new secondary school in Cheltenham was scheduled to open in September 2020 as part of the Balcarras Multi Academy Trust.  The bid process required the Council to offer a guaranteed minimum funding level for 5 years and a start up grant of £75,000 from the growth fund in 2020/21.

 

31.7    The Forum discussed the future of High Needs.  The Lead Commissioner for Education, Strategy and Development, stressed that the overspend in High Needs had continued to accelerate; consequently,  the current position was that reserves would be exhausted by 31 March 2019 and the High Needs Block would be in deficit. He explained that the ESFA rules permit a transfer of up to 0.5% from the Schools Block to the High Needs Block with the approval of the Schools Forum, and following consultation with schools.   Previously the Local Authority  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.

32.

Implementation of the National Pay Award and Revised National Pay Spine for Local Government Staff pdf icon PDF 292 KB

Minutes:

32.1    The Forum received a report which set out the background to the recent national pay award for National Joint Council ‘green book’ employees.  The report outlined the scope of employees affected and the indicative timeline from development of the proposals to the complete implementation in August 2019.

 

32.2    It was confirmed that the meeting which was due to take place on 2 October 2018, involving the Forum,  to understand the impact on schools and develop proposals, had been cancelled.