Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Schools Forum - Thursday 9 February 2017 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Joanne Bolton - 01452 324197 

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12.

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.

 

13.

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.

14.

National Funding Formula (Mainstream) - To consider the response to the Stage 2 consultation pdf icon PDF 331 KB

Minutes:

14.1    Stewart King, Lead Commissioner for Education and Skills, presented the draft Schools Forum response to the Stage 2 Consultation.  The Forum considered each question in the consultation document in detail, and then agreed upon the basis for the final response.

 

14.2    During the discussion, members of the Forum expressed their deep concerns over the fact that for Gloucestershire’s primary and secondary schools, already struggling with low historic funding and with no increases to meet the cost of pay awards and price rises, the NFF offered the prospect of a significant reduction in the basic per pupil amount.  Members of the Forum underlined the point that the basic per pupil funding had to be sufficient in order for schools to meet their core teaching and administration costs. 

 

14.3    Members were deeply concerned that as a direct result of the NFF, some schools in Gloucestershire would have no other option but to make some of their teaching staff redundant.  The Forum acknowledged that it was of the upmost importance that politicians were made aware of these adverse consequences on schools.  The Chair stressed the time critical aspect of this issue, and it was agreed that Forum member Andrew Harris, would ascertain the actual core teaching and administration costs at his secondary school (i.e. no account given to additional needs); Forum member Steve Savory, would undertake the same for his primary school.   It was agreed that this information would be included with the Forum’s response to the consultation.

            ACTION: Stewart King.

 

14.5    It was also agreed that officers would quantify the percentage reduction a typical school’s budget had had to absorb since 2010, as a result of changes to National Insurance contributions, Pension contributions, and the Apprenticeship Levy.   It was agreed that this information would be included with the Forum’s response to the consultation.

            ACTION: Stewart King.

 

14.6    The Forum agreed that a covering letter would be sent with the response to the consultation, and this would set out the Forum’s main areas of concern which required urgent attention.  The main areas of concern were agreed as being: the 3% floor, which ran counter to the aim of moving to a fair basis for distributing the national schools’ budget ; the increased level of  funding allocated through the Additional Needs factors against the backdrop of a reduction in the basic per pupil funding and the consequential damaging impact on pupils as schools use the Additional Needs funding to meet core costs; and the overall impact of the squeeze in school funding over the last six years. 

 

14.7    It was agreed that the amended response to the consultation would be circulated to Forum members for approval. 

            ACTION: Stewart King.

 

14.8    It was also agreed that the final Schools Forum response to the consultation would be circulated to schools. 

            ACTION: Stewart King.

 

14.9    Members of the Forum reiterated the importance of ensuring that representatives of schools which would be adversely affected by the NFF, write to their local MP’s and Nick Gibb, Minister of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.