Schools Budget 2019/20
Decision Maker: Cabinet member children and families
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To approve school forum’s recommended budget proposals for school budgets, central school services and early years within the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) for 2019/20. Dedicated Schools Grant funding for schools in 2019/20 is £100.7m, which is an increase of £1.38m from 2018/19. The increase is due to £0.9m for increased pupil numbers, £0.14m for increases in historic costs and £0.34m received from a share of national growth funding. The funding for the high needs and early years block are provisional and are both subject to final adjustments for pupil numbers and commissioned places. The school funding values and formula calculations are in accordance with the national school funding formula as set by government. The funding above that required to implement the national funding formula is proposed to be distributed to schools at £15 per pupil and £215,000 transferred to the high needs block for 2019/20.
The local implementation of the National Funding Formula (NFF) for 2019/20 as set out in the consultation document and below, be approved as follows;
(a) The final school funding values be agreed, subject to a minimum total funding per pupil of £3,500 for primary schools and £4,800 for secondary schools, including the adoption of the NFF sparsity taper, as follows:
(b) the following additional payments be agreed at a cost of £281k, as follows;
(i) Funding of £10 per pupil additional to the national funding formula as set out in (a) above be recommended
(ii) That the Minimum Funding Guarantee be set at 0.33% to ensure those schools on the guarantee also receive the £10 per pupil additional funding as in (b)(i) above be recommended
(iii) The transfer of £112,000 equivalent to 0.12% of the total schools block to the high needs block for 2019/20 to help fund the primary Special Educational Needs (SEN) protection scheme and ensure the current cap of £130 per pupil continues for 2019/20 be recommended
(c) The additional funding within the schools block of £197k be allocated as follows;
(i) An additional £5 per pupil for primary and high schools and a further increase 0.17% in the MFG i.e. a total of the maximum permitted 0.5%.
(ii) An additional £103,000, equivalent to a further 0.10%, be transferred to the high needs block in support of the increase in special school places
(d) the protected funding level be adopted in order to pass through to all schools the government’s 0.5% increase this year on 2017/18 baselines;
Alternative options considered:
1. Given Schools Forum approval in October 2017, of the strategy to implement the NFF from 2018/19, neither Schools Forum nor the Budget Working Group (BWG) put forward any alternative proposals for the Schools Budget.
Reason Key: Expenditure;
Wards Affected: (All Wards);
Contact: Malcolm Green, Strategic Finance Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication date: 31/01/2019
Date of decision: 31/01/2019
Effective from: 07/02/2019