Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Cabinet considered a report which set out the process to determine the schools funding formula and the early years funding formula for 2020/21.
The Portfolio Holder for Children and Families advised that the proposed allocations formula was subject to an application to the Department for Education. If DfE approval were not granted, it was proposed that the Portfolio Holder be authorised to take a final decision on the schools allocation model. This was because the Council was required to set the schools budget by 28th February 2020. The Shadow Portfolio Holder for Children and Families would be invited to join in that meeting to provide proper scrutiny of the decision-making process.
1. with regard to the Schools Funding Formula:
(a) approves the use of a funding formula that uses the national funding formula factors but increases the primary minimum per pupil funding value above the headline level of £3,750 to for 2020/21. A figure of £3,843 has been used in the latest model using October 2019 pupil numbers; this is subject to the outcome of the Council’s application to the Department for Education to allow this change;
(b) approves the 0.5% transfer from schools block to high needs, subject to the Council’s application to the Department for Education to change the Schools Forum recommendation being successful;
(c) approves the use of +0.5% as the minimum funding guarantee percentage, meaning that individual school funding levels should increase by +0.5% compared to the 2019/20 level (subject to the items included in minimum funding guarantee protection) and excluding pupil number changes; and
2. with regard to the Early Years Funding Formula:
(a) approves the continued use of the current funding formula and agrees to increase the hourly rates by the same percentage increase as the increased funding from the Department for Education; and
(b) delegates authority to the Executive Director of People to enter into revised contracts with providers in accordance with the Department for Education funding increase.
3. authorises the Portfolio Holder for Children and Families to take the final decision on the schools allocation model if the Department for Education rejects the Council’s proposed allocation model.
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Date of decision: 04/02/2020
Decided at meeting: 04/02/2020 - Cabinet
Effective from: 14/02/2020