Notice of Meeting

Schools Forum

Martin Gocke (Pupil Referral Unit Representative (Governor)) (Chairman)

Stuart Matthews, Academy School Representative (Headteacher) (Vice-Chairman)

Sue Butler, Early Years PVI Provider

Liz Cole, Primary School Representative (Headteacher)

Jane Coley, Academy School Representative (Headteacher)

Karen Davis, Primary School Representative (Headteacher)

Peter Floyd, Special School Representative (Governor)

Keith Grainger, Secondary School Representative (Headteacher)

Jo Lagares, Primary School Representative (Headteacher)

Roger Prew, Primary School Representative (Governor)

Elizabeth Savage, Academy School Representative (Headteacher)

Phil Sherwood, Primary School Representative (Headteacher)

Debbie Smith, Secondary School Representative (Headteacher)

Richard Stok, Primary School Representative (Governor)

Greg Wilton, Teacher Union Representative

Also Invited:

Councillor Dr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People & Learning

Thursday 15 July 2021, 4.30  - 6.30 pm

Zoom Meeting








Apologies for Absence/Substitute Members



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

Reporting: ALL





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.

Reporting: ALL





Minutes and Matters Arising

5 - 10


To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of

Reporting: ALL





Minutes from the High Needs Block Sub Group on 10 March 2021

11 - 14


To receive the minutes of the sub-group meeting held on 10 March 2021.

Reporting: ALL





2020-21 Balances held by Maintained Schools

15 - 40


To update the Forum on the level of balances held by maintained schools as at 31 March 2021, how these compare to the previous financial year, in particular through the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and to consider whether any significant surplus balances should be subject to claw-back and re-invested within the overall Schools Budget.

Reporting: Paul Clark





2020-21 Provisional Outturn on the Schools Budget

41 - 54


To inform members of the Forum of the provisional outturn on the 2020-21 Schools Budget, including the allocation of balances and use of Earmarked Reserves. These funds are ring-fenced for the support of schools and pupils.

Reporting: Paul Clark





2020-21 Funding Allocations to Mainstream Schools form Budgets Centrally Managed by the Council

55 - 74


To present information on the in-year allocation of funds to mainstream schools through School Specific Contingencies and other budgets that are funded from the Dedicated Schools Grant and in the first instance centrally managed by the council.  It also presents the opportunity to amend existing funding policies.

Reporting: Paul Clark





2021-22 Arrangements for Additional Financial Support to Schools

75 - 88


To seek agreement from the Forum in respect of proposals for additional financial support to schools, in particular, approval of new or amended applications for licensed deficit arrangements.  An update is also provided on the current position in respect of previously agreed financial support arrangements.

Reporting: Paul Clark





Dates of Future Meetings



The next meeting of the Forum will be held at 4.30pm on Thursday 16 September 2021.

Reporting: Joanna Gibbons