Decision details

Proposals for the 2019-20 High Needs and Early Years Block Elements of the Schools Budget

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Children, Young People & Learning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To agree the 2019-20 High Needs and Early Years Block Elements of the Schools Budget, including the operation of the Early Years Funding Formula for providers and associated units of resource.

Decision:

1          That, with regard to the Early Years block element, for the 2019-20 financial year:

 

1.         The total initial Dedicated Schools Grant funded budgets be set at £7.566m.

 

2.         The hourly funding rates paid to providers of the free entitlement for 3 and 4 year-olds be retained at the amounts paid in 2018-19.

 

3.         The hourly funding rate paid to providers of the free entitlement for 2 year-olds be retained at the £5.46 paid in 2018-19.

 

4          A ring-fence be set on funding allocations received from the government in respect of the Early Years Disability Access Fund and Early Years Pupil Premium to ensure where affordable, all funds are allocated to providers.

 

2          That, with regard to the High Needs block element and noting an amendment made by the Schools Forum in relation to the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Resource Provision at Garth Hill College, for the 2019/20 financial year:

 

1.         The total initial Dedicated Schools Grant funded budget be set at £15.409m.

 

2.         The £0.144m budget gap that will need to be managed in-year through the change programme be noted.

 

3.         A Minimum Funding Guarantee for Kennel Lane Special school of plus 0.5% be approved, the same amount as for mainstream schools.

Reasons for the decision:

To ensure that the 2019-20 Schools Budget is set in accordance with the views of the Executive, schools, the Schools Forum, the funding framework and the anticipated level of resources.

Alternative options considered:

These have been considered during the budget consultation stage and previous reports to the Schools Forum.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None.

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Financial Impact: Within anticipated resources

Declarations: None.

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No.

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director: People

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Formal consultation

Consultees

People Directorate Departmental Management Team and Schools Forum

Contact: Paul Clark, Finance Business Partner Email: paul.clark@bracknell-forest.gov.uk Tel: 01344 354054.

Publication date: 21/03/2019

Date of decision: 21/03/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

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