Decision details

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

Purpose:

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.

 

Decision:

That:

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:

1.

Basic entitlement per pupil

Primary

£2,747

2.

Basic entitlement per secondary pupil

Key stage 3

£3,863

3.

Basic entitlement per secondary pupil

Key stage 4

£4,386

4.

Deprivation per free school meals

Primary

£440

5.

Deprivation per free school meals

Secondary

£440

6.

Deprivation per ever-6 free school meals

Primary

£540

7.

Deprivation per ever-6 free school meals

Secondary

£785

8.

Socio-economic deprivation Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index

(IDACI)

9.

Band A (3% of pupils)

Primary

£575

10.

 

Secondary

£810

11.

Band B (8% of pupils)

Primary

£420

12.

 

Secondary

£600

13.

Band C (7% of pupils)

Primary

£390

14.

 

Secondary

£560

15.

Band D (8% of pupils)

Primary

£360

16.

 

Secondary

£515

17.

Band E (9% of pupils)

Primary

£240

18.

 

Secondary

£390

19.

Band F (10% of pupils)

Primary

£200

20.

 

Secondary

£290

21.

Band G (55% of pupils)

Primary

£0

22.

 

Secondary

£0

23.

Low prior attainment per pupil

Primary

£1,022

24.

Low prior attainment per pupil

Secondary

£1,550

25.

Lump Sum

Primary

£110,000

26.

Lump Sum

Secondary

£110,000

27.

Primary sparsity, on a NFF taper basis, over 2 miles and less than an average year group size of 21.4 pupils

 

£15,625

28.

Secondary sparsity, on a NFF taper basis, over 3 miles and less than an average year group size of 120 pupils

 

£40,625

29.

English as additional language per primary pupil (year 1 basis)

 

£515

30.

English as additional language per secondary pupil (year 1 basis)

 

£1,385

31.

PFI contract

 

£286,824

32.

Business rates

 

£1,224,807

33.

Exceptional premises factor (Eastnor)

 

£8,764

 

(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;

 

(e)   The central school services block be used to fund the former Education Services Grant retained duties (£360k), national licences for schools (£131k), Schools Forum (£12k) and admissions (£132k – reduced by £10k) and the remaining £56k is transferred to the high needs block for 2019/20;

(f)   For the early years block:

(i)            There is no change in the early years funding formula for providers in Herefordshire

(ii)          Central expenditure of £335k for early years consultants and NEF payment costs be approved for 2019/20

(iii)         The pass through percentage to 3 and 4 year old providers be approved at 97.5%

 

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: malcolm.green@herefordshire.gov.uk.

Publication date: 31/01/2019

Date of decision: 31/01/2019

Effective from: 07/02/2019

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