Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Contact: Denise Kevern  Email: denise.kevern@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 5145

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Forum.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Luigi Leccacorvi, Gary Dillon, Jo Marchant, Tracy Ofeosi, Brendan Farrelly, Martyn Patterson, Marie Corbett, Mark Dale-Emberton, Joanne Graham, Victoria Wainwright, Councillor Barbara Barwick and Councillor Linda Bird.

 

The Schools Forum noted that Bob Love MBE, Kate Barnes and Rachel Harrison had stood down and thanked them for their participation.

2.

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Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 5 October 2017.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Schools Forum held on 5 October 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

 

3.

Matters Arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising.

4.

Declarations of Interest

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

Minutes:

Councillor Allan MacCarthy declared a pecuniary interest as he was both a school governor for Cherry Orchard Primary School and a Councillor and that he had been granted dispensation by the Chief Executive to attend for Item 5 as a Royal Borough of Greenwich Councillor.

 

Councillor Clive Mardner declared a pecuniary interest as he was both a school governor for Abbey Wood Nursery School and a Councillor and that he had been granted dispensation by the Chief Executive to attend for Item 5 as a Royal Borough of Greenwich Councillor.

 

 

Resolved:

 

That Councillors MacCarthy and Mardner’s pecuniary interests be noted.

5.

National Funding Formula for Schools pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To consider the recommendations and determine the preferred option to implement for the 2018/19 Schools Funding Formula.  The decision will form the basis of the finalisation work to be considered by the Schools Forum at its meeting on the 18th January 2018. 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Schools Forum agreed that Option A – National Funding Formula using Minimum Funding Guarantee as the balancing item once the Royal Borough of Greenwich Financial Settlement is known, be implemented from 2018/19. This would form the basis of the finalisation work to be considered by the Schools Forum at its meeting on 18 January 2018.

 

Noted that Royal Borough of Greenwich would receive the final Schools Block settlement and provisional High Needs and Early Years Funding figures later in December 2017.

 

The Schools Forum Working Group would become the Schools Forum Strategy Group. Nursery and Special School representatives would be added to the Group. An initial scoping meeting would be convened to discuss the way forward.

Minutes:

The Chair thanked the School’s Forum Working Group for their time and input.

 

The report was presented by the Children’s Services Finance Manager who gave feedback from the School’s Forum Working Groups and the sessions held with schools to decide on the funding formula for 2018/19 and 2019/20. She said that the workshop training sessions were well attended with all but 5 schools in attendance. Feed back from the sessions had been very positive. Schools generally felt that the workshops to support the consultation were a very useful way to share complex information.

 

The response rate of 88% was excellent for consultations. Of this 59% of the respondents voted for Option A which was the National Funding Formula using Minimum Funding Guarantee as the balancing item once the Royal Borough of Greenwich Financial Settlement was known. She continued that work with schools would continue regarding financial modelling, funding, data, updates and training.

 

In response to concerns from a Forum member regarding Minimum Funding Grant (MFG), the Finance Manager responded that any reduction in MFG would be undertaken in a phased and measured manner and needed to be clearly shown on the budget statements. The aim was to empower schools to forecast their own financial positions and therefore engagement between schools and the Borough’s Finance Team was key. She asked the Forum to note that the current funding was within the present Comprehensive Spending Review. 2020/21 was outside the current spending review so it was difficult to make any assumptions around funding for the next spending period and the impact of it on school’s funding was unknown. The expectation was that MFG would be reduced on a sliding scale.

 

A Forum member drew attention to the adverse effect of Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) on one Form of Entry primary schools. The Finance Manager replied that she was assessing models to ascertain the impact.

 

It was suggested that schools should increase their financial planning models from three to seven years.

 

It was noted that the trajectory for the Borough could only be negative for schools funding due to the increasing prosperity of the borough’s population.

 

The Chair asked the Forum to agree to ratify the outcome of the consultation with schools. This was put to the vote and the Schools Forum (Primary, Secondary and Academy members) voted unanimously for Option A.

 

The Finance Manager explained the Equality Impact Assessment undertaken for the National Funding Formula against schools in the Borough for single sex and faith schools. The single sex schools were all secondary and the analysis confirmed that they would gain and the treatment of them was consistent with other schools. Faith schools had also been analysed and were considered consistent with other schools.

 

The Forum also discussed the continuation of the Schools Forum Working Group as a Schools Forum Strategy Group. The current membership would be reviewed and a member for nursery schools and for special schools would also be co-opted.  They agreed that attendance at meetings would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Attendance Record pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To advise the Forum of attendance at the meetings of the Forum.

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Attendance Record was noted.

 

Schools Forum agreed that attendance would be scrutinised at the meeting of 18 January 2018.

Minutes:

The Attendance Record was noted.

 

Resolved:

 

That attendance would be scrutinised at the meeting of 18 January 2018.