Agenda and decisions

West Northamptonshire Schools Forum - Tuesday 18th January 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDyc2cNcl19OvcGOCuZDTBQ

Contact: Paul Hanson  Email: paul.hanson@westnorthants.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence and Forum Membership Changes

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 515 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 2021.

Decision:

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 2021 were agreed as an accurate record.

4.

2021-22 DSG Monitoring pdf icon PDF 580 KB

Emily Taylor

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

That Schools Forum members noted the forecast outturn position for the year ending 31 March 2022.

5.

2022-23 WNC Schools Budgets pdf icon PDF 515 KB

Includes update on final DSG settlement and schools budgets for submission to ESFA.

 

Beth Baines

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

That Schools Forum members noted the final funding settlement and schools budgets for 2022-23.

6.

Disapplication request (top slice) update pdf icon PDF 441 KB

Update following the December 2021 meeting vote on £2.1m top slice request and ESFA requirements (vote required).

 

Beth Baines

Decision:

RESOLVED:

That Schools Forum members agreed to the movement of 0.5% from the schools block to the high needs block, as allowed by funding regulations, in the event that the ESFA do not agree to the disapplication request of the £2.1m (approximately 0.68%) transfer.

7.

2022-23 WNC High Needs Budgets pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Includes update on final DSG settlement, any updates to HN places and LA high needs budgets for information.

 

Beth Baines

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

That Schools Forum members noted the final funding settlement for high needs budgets for 2022-23 and the proposed indicative budgets for special schools for 2022-23.

8.

High Needs Block Deficit Recovery Plan pdf icon PDF 393 KB

Chris Kiernan

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

That Schools Forum members would receive regular reports of progress against the recovery plan.  An update would be emailed to members in March 2022 because the March meeting of Schools Forum had been cancelled.

9.

2022-23 Early Years Budgets pdf icon PDF 273 KB

Includes Early Years consultation responses, proposed early years single funding formula 2022-23 and proposed LA central expenditure.

 

Beth Baines/Kelly Mills

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

That Schools Forum members agreed to increase base rates at the suggested amounts provided in Tables 1 and 2 of the report.

10.

WNC 2022-23 Draft Budget Consultation pdf icon PDF 467 KB

Emily Taylor

Decision:

RESOLVED:

·         That Schools Forum members noted the WNC Draft Budget 2022-23 and Medium Term Financial Plan.

·         That Schools Forum members were encouraged to respond to the WNC Draft Budget Consultation.

11.

Forward Plan

Standing items (if required)

  • DSG Monitoring
  • DfE/ESFA Funding announcements
  • School Budgets
  • High Needs 
  • Early Years
  • National Funding formula

 

March 2022 – Please note it is proposed to cancel this meeting if there is insufficient business to justify holding the meeting.

 

May 2022

  • Provisional DSG and schools 2020-21 outturn report
  • Schools Apprentice Levy Update
  • 2021-22 Grant and DSG funding announcements update

 

July 2022

  • Funding Formula announcements (if applicable)
  • DSG monitoring 2021-22
  • School budgets 2022-23 – areas to consult with schools on in September 2021 (if required)
  • EYSFF 2021-22 – areas to be reviewed/consultation with providers
  • DSG Finance risk register
  • North only – Hospital Outreach in North Northamptonshire

 

October 2022

  • Schools block Combined Services Reports
  • Schools block 2022-23 central expenditure (vote required)
  • Primary and Secondary maintained schools de-delegation 2022-23 (SIG, Trade union and school redundancies)
  • School budgets 2022-23 – weighted numbers for new schools/year groups
  • School budgets 2022-23 – PFI utility subsidy
  • High Needs place numbers 2022-23
  • Pupil Growth 2022-23 – projections and 2022-23 rates
  • Schools funding formula 2022-23 – consultation feedback

 

December 2022

  • School Budgets 2022-23 –outcome of consultation and final proposals *
  • EYSFF –2022-23 - Early years central expenditure 2022-23* –outcome of consultation and consideration of proposals, including vote on central expenditure.

 

January 2022

  • WNC Draft Budget proposals 2022-23
  • EYSFF 2022-23
  • High Needs budgets 2022-23
  • Final School budgets 2022-23* (vote –if required)
  • Early years central expenditure 2022-23* –outcome of consultation and consideration of proposals, including vote on central expenditure.

 

Decision:

RESOLVED:

·         That Schools Forum members noted the Forward Plan.

·         That Schools Forum members agreed to cancel the meeting scheduled for 15th March 2022 due to insufficient business.

·         That reports updating Schools Forum members on High Needs Recovery and MNS Funding would be circulated in the interim.

12.

Urgent Business

The Chair to advise whether they have agreed to any items of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.