Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Virtual MS Teams Meeting

Contact: Christina Beevers 

Media

Webcast: View the webcast

Items
No. Item

1.

Chairman's Welcome

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed all to the meeting and reminded all of the basic etiquette for a MS Teams meeting.

 

The Chairman introduced the two new members following elections to the forum:

·       Mr Ed Hiliyard- Head Teacher Holmer Green Senior School

·       Ms Jo Pearce- Governor- Waterside Primary Academy

 

And welcomed the return of:

·       Mr K Patrick- Head Teacher- Chiltern Hills Academy

·       Ms J Antrobus- Head Teacher- Newton School

·       Ms Debra Rutley- Head Teacher- Aspire PRU

·       Ms S Stephens- Officer- National Education Union

 

 

2.

Apologies for Absence

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Minutes:

Apologies were received from:

Ms S Cromie- Wycombe High School, Mr A Gilespie- Burnham Grammar School, Ms J Antrobus- Newton School, Ms S Stephens- National Education Union, Mr H Beveridge- Long Crendon School, Mr J Carter- Schools Accountant- Buckinghamshire Council, Ms H Slinn- Head of Integrated SEND- Buckinghamshire Council, Mr R Page- Chalfont Community College, Mr G Drawmer- Head of Achievement and Learning- Buckinghamshire Council.

3.

Declarations of Interest

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Minutes:

There were none.

4.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 440 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 19 January 2021.

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Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 19 January 2021 were AGREED as an accurate record.

 

The actions from the meeting held on 19 January 2021 were reviewed and AGREED as completed or carried forward as below.

 

5.

Update from SFFG pdf icon PDF 11 KB

A verbal update to be provided by MS K Tamlyn, Chairman of the Schools Forum Funding Group

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Minutes:

Ms K Tamlyn- Chairman of the Schools Forum Funding Group gave an overview of the SFFG meeting. The action notes were appended to the minutes.

 

6.

New Member Induction pdf icon PDF 460 KB

To be presented by Ms E Williams, Head of Finance (Children’s Services)- Buckinghamshire Council.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ms E Williams, Head of Finance (Children’s Services)- Buckinghamshire Council gave an overview of the report provided.

 

Recommendations:

Schools Forum is asked to note the report.

 

Resolved:

Schools Forum NOTED the report.

 

Action

To be Actioned By

Completion Date

To bring a paper to update and sign off the constitution for 2021.

Ms E Williams

June 2021 Schools Forum Meeting

 

 

 

7.

Revenue Budget Monitoring pdf icon PDF 606 KB

To be presented by Ms E Williams, Head of Finance (Children’s Services)- Buckinghamshire Council.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ms E Williams, Head of Finance (Children’s Services)- Buckinghamshire Council gave an overview of the report provided.

 

Recommendations:

Schools Forum is asked to note the revenue budget monitoring position at the end of January (Period 10).

 

Resolved:

Schools Forum NOTED the revenue budget monitoring position at the end of January (Period 10).

 

 

 

 

8.

Contingency Panel Update pdf icon PDF 567 KB

To be presented by Mr D Hood, Chairman of the Contingency Panel.

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Minutes:

Mr D Hood- Chairman of the Contingency Panel gave an overview of the report provided.

 

Recommendations:

Schools Forum is asked to note the outcomes of the Contingency Panel meeting.

 

Resolved:

Schools Forum NOTED the outcomes of the Contingency Panel meeting.

 

Action

To be Completed By

Completion Date

To confirm if any further payments would be made following appeal. For SF to decide what to do with remaining funds.

Ms E Williams

June 2021 Schools Forum Meeting

 

9.

Schools Budget Update pdf icon PDF 602 KB

To be presented by Ms E Williams, Head of Finance (Children’s Services)- Buckinghamshire Council.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ms E Williams, Head of Finance (Children’s Services)- Buckinghamshire Council gave an overview of the report provided.

 

Recommendations:

A)     Schools Forum is asked to note that Buckinghamshire schools’ local funding formula model and growth methodology as agreed by Schools Forum on 19th January 2021 received political ratification on 16th February 2021 and has been cleared by the DfE.

B)      Schools Forum is asked to give a steer on anything that should be raised in the response to the DfE consultation on sparsity funding.

 

Resolved:

A)     Schools Forum NOTED that Buckinghamshire schools’ local funding formula model and growth methodology as agreed by Schools Forum on 19th January 2021 received political ratification on 16th February 2021 and has been cleared by the DfE.

B)      Schools Forum GAVE A STEER on anything that should be raised in the response to the DfE consultation on sparsity funding.

 

Action

To be Completed By

Completion Date

To send out LA DfE response letter to schools.

Ms E Williams

ASAP

To respond to Ms G Bull’s question: In terms of the schools we have got, are any of them protected by the MFG?

Ms E Williams

ASAP/Minutes

 

 

 

10.

High Needs Update pdf icon PDF 583 KB

To be presented by Ms E Williams, Head of Finance (Children’s Services)- Buckinghamshire Council.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ms E Williams, Head of Finance (Children’s Services)- Buckinghamshire Council gave an overview of the report provided.

 

Recommendations:

Schools Forum is asked to note the report and agree the Buckinghamshire response to the DfE consultation on the high needs National Funding Formula (NFF).

 

Resolved:

Schools Forum NOTED the report and AGREED the Buckinghamshire response to the DfE consultation on the high needs National Funding Formula (NFF).

 

 

11.

DSG Recovery Board Update pdf icon PDF 491 KB

To be presented by Ms E Williams, Head of Finance (Children’s Services)- Buckinghamshire Council.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ms E Williams, Head of Finance (Children’s Services)- Buckinghamshire Council  and Mr Simon James, Director for Education- Buckinghamshire Council gave an overview of the report provided.

 

Recommendations:

Schools Forum is asked to:

A)     Agree the terms of reference of the DSG Recovery Board and that a report from the Board will be a standing item on the Schools Forum agenda.

B)      Note the initial priority workstreams.

 

Resolved:

Schools Forum:

A)     AGREED the terms of reference of the DSG Recovery Board and that a report from the Board will be a standing item on the Schools Forum agenda.

B)      NOTED the initial priority workstreams.

 

Action

To be Completed By

Completion Date

To set DSG Recovery Board as a separate agenda item on the Schools Forum agenda.

Ms C Beevers

June 2021 Schools Forum meeting onwards.

To bring the Dfe tool on projections to a future meeting.

Ms E Williams

June 2021 Schools Forum meeting. Following the meeting it was decided this was not required to assist Schools Forum meetings.

To bring the latest version of the DfE plan.

Ms E Williams

June 2021 Schools Forum Meeting.

To add a line to the , item 8to ensure a substitute is in place if a member of the board is unable to attend a meeting to ensure all sectors are represented at every meeting.

Ms E Williams/ Mr S James

ASAP

To find out a date when the SEN sufficiency strategy will be published.

Mr S James

ASAP

To add link to the minutes.

Ms C Beevers/ Mr S James

SF Minutes

 

12.

Update from Local Authority

Verbal update to be provided.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Mr S James, Director for Education- Buckinghamshire Council gave a brief Local Authority update.

 

The main points included:

·       Worked progressed on disadvantaged gap.

·       The LA were preparing for two significant Ofsted inspections.

·       The following visit from the current monitoring visit would be a full inspection and grading.

·       Local elections were pending, and the Council would be falling under Purdah guidelines.

13.

AOB

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Minutes:

There were no items of AOB.

14.

Date of Next Meeting

29 June 2021, 1.30pm.

Venue to be confirmed.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Tuesday 29 June 2021- 1.30pm

MS Teams Virtual Meeting.