Schools Forum
Thursday, 19 September 2019 4.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD. View directions

Contact: Derek Morgan  01344 352044

No. Item


Apologies for Absence/Substitute Members

To receive apologies for absence and to note the attendance of any substitute members.


Election of Chairman


Appointment of Vice-Chairman


Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary or affected interests in respect of any matter to be considered at this meeting.


Any Member with a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in a matter should withdraw from the meeting when the matter is under consideration and should notify the Democratic Services Officer in attendance that they are withdrawing as they have such an interest. If the Disclosable Pecuniary Interest is not entered on the register of Members interests the Monitoring Officer must be notified of the interest within 28 days.


Any Member with an affected Interest in a matter must disclose the interest to the meeting.  There is no requirement to withdraw from the meeting when the interest is only an affected interest, but the Monitoring Officer should be notified of the interest, if not previously notified of it, within 28 days of the meeting.


Minutes and Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 267 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of 20 June 2019.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

Agenda item 6 is supported by an annex containing exempt information as defined in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.  If the Committee wishes to discuss the content of this annex in detail, it may choose to move the following resolution:


That pursuant to Regulation 4 of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information) Regulations 2012 and having regard to the public interest, members of the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the consideration of item 6 which involves the likely disclosure of exempt information under the following category of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972:


(3)        Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).


Outcome from July 2019 Financial Consultation with Schools pdf icon PDF 326 KB

To provide an update on the responses from the recent financial consultation on how funds should be allocated to schools and also whether maintained schools supported on-going de-delegation of budgets and making a financial contribution to statutory education related duties for which the council is responsible for meeting but receives no funding.

Additional documents:


Financial Consultation with Schools and Early Years Providers pdf icon PDF 220 KB

To seek the Forum’s guidance on the proposed consultation document with schools to gather views on transferring around £0.338m of funds from schools to part finance the forecast 2020-21 overspend on supporting pupils with high needs. The report also outlines the content for a limited consultation on the funding framework for the free entitlement for Early Years childcare.


SEND Needs and Sufficiency Strategy pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To inform the Forum of the current needs and provisions for children and young people living in Bracknell Forest with special education needs and disability (SEND). It also includes a financial analysis and future estimates of growth for SEND.


Arrangements for Additional Financial Support to Schools pdf icon PDF 405 KB

To seek agreement from the Forum in respect of proposals for additional financial support to schools, in particular, approval of new applications for licensed deficit arrangements.


The Schools Budget - 2019-20 Budget Monitoring pdf icon PDF 268 KB

To provide the Forum with an update on the 2019-20 forecast budget monitoring position for the Schools Budget.


Dates of Future Meetings

The next meetings of the Forum are scheduled to take place at 4.30pm on:


21 November 2019

12 December 2019

16 January 2020

19 March 2020


A briefing for members of the Forum will take place at 3.30pm before each of the meetings.