Notice of Meeting

Schools Forum

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

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

Jennifer Baker, Special School Representative

Sue Butler, Early Years PVI Provider

Liz Cole, Primary School Representative (Headteacher)

Karen Davis, Primary School Representative (Headteacher)

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)

Grant Strudley, Academy School Representative

Greg Wilton, Teacher Union Representative

Also Invited:

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

Thursday 18 November 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 16 September 2021.

Reporting: ALL





2021-22 Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

11 - 76


To provide an update on the 2021-22 Childcare Sufficiency Assessment to be submitted to the Executive Member and subsequently published on the Bracknell Forest Council Website, as required by the authority’s statutory duty to secure sufficient childcare.

Reporting: Cherry Hall





High Needs Block: Update on Progress

77 - 114


To provide a detailed briefing regarding actions being taken to address the High Needs Block deficit budget and the strategies being implemented to secure financial probity of this funding in the future.

Reporting: Cheryl Eyre





Reforming how Local Authorities' School Improvement Functions are Funded

115 - 118


To provide an update on proposals from the government to reform how local authorities’ school improvement functions are funded, for implementation from April 2022.

Reporting: Paul Clark





The Schools Budget: 2021-22 Budget Monitoring

119 - 130


To provide an update on the 2021-22 forecast budget monitoring position for the Schools Budget, to be aware of key issues and management actions being taken and progress to date on the Education Capital Programme.

Reporting: Paul Clark





Outcomes from the October 2021 Financial Consultation with Schools

131 - 152


To provide an update on the responses from the recent financial consultation from schools which sought views on the approach to setting a minimum increase in per pupil funding from 2021-22 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.  There is also a limited update on the 2022-23 budget position for mainstream schools.

Reporting: Paul Clark





Dates of Future Meetings



The next meeting of the Forum will be held at 4.30pm on Thursday 9 December 2021.  Meetings are planned during 2022 on 13 January, 10 March, 23 June, 15 September, 17 November and 8 December.

Reporting: Joanna Gibbons






















Sound recording, photographing, filming and use of social media is permitted.  Please contact Derek Morgan, 01344 352044,, so that any special arrangements can be made.

Published: 9 November 2021