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School Block Funding 2020-21

Meeting: 17/12/2019 - Schools' Forum (Item 51)

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To consider the attached report of the Assistant Director of Finance / Assistant Director of Education.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members of the Schools’ Forum were presented with training relating to the School Funding Formula 2020-21.  This included a detailed explanation of the Dedicated School Grant alongside Pupil and School Led Funding Factors.  In addition, the High Needs National Funding Formula was explained with regard to how this is used within Special Schools, Mainstream Schools, and Resourced Units.

 

Following this, consideration was given to a report from the Assistant Director of Finance and Assistant Director of Education on the proposed Schools Block Funding Formula for 2020-21and the principles to be applied to the formula further to receiving the final grant settlement from the Department for Education.

 

Consideration was given to the outcomes of the consultation process, details of which were noted in the minutes of the previous meeting.  Members were informed that there were a total of 40 responses to the consultation out of 98 schools.  The results were as follows:

 

 

  • Do you agree with option 3 as the proposed funding formula and proposed funding rates for 2020-21?

Yes – 60-%

No – 40%

  • Do you support, in principle, the Local Authority submitting a disapplication to the Secretary of State to transfer 1% from the Schools Block to the High Needs Block as per option 3?

Yes – 62%

No – 38%

  • If the secretary of State will not approve a 1% transfer, do you wish to support the 0.5% transfer from the Schools Block to the High Needs Block with Schools’ Forum approval as per option 2?

Yes – 64%

No – 36%

 

It was detailed that, as a result of the consultation response, the Local Authority is planning to transfer 1% School Block funding to the High Needs Block funding with the proposed local model seeking to implement a 0.5% Minimum Funding Guarantee and a 3.4% Gains Cap, dependent on affordability.

 

The report also detailed that, as part of the consultation and in line with previous Schools’ Forum decisions, that the Local Authority wishes to remain as close as possible to the National Funding Formula, after taking account of the 1% transfer.  Therefore, if there were to be additional funding over what was required for the proposed funding formula, the Local Authority would ask Schools’ Forum to consider the following changes in the order they are presented:

 

  1. Include a Mobility Factor
  2. Increase the Basic Entitlement
  3. Reduce the Gains Cap
  4. Increase the MFG

 

Consideration was given to the Mobility Factor with the intention that this would support schools in which a high proportion of pupils first join on a non-standard date.  This funding would, therefore, be allocated on the proportion of mobile pupils in each phase above a threshold of 6% with the following rates:

 

  • £875 for each Primary mobile pupil above the threshold
  • £1,250 for each Secondary mobile pupil above the threshold

 

When modelled on this formula, and based on data from October 2018, a total of 21 Primary Schools and 2 secondary Schools would attract mobility funding, allocating a total of £155K to the eligible schools.  In  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51