Schools Forum - Thursday, 18 November 2021 4.30 pm

Venue: Zoom Meeting. 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.


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 155 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of 16 September 2021.


2021-22 Childcare Sufficiency Assessment pdf icon PDF 313 KB

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.

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High Needs Block: Update on Progress pdf icon PDF 204 KB

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.

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Reforming how Local Authorities' School Improvement Functions are Funded pdf icon PDF 288 KB

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


The Schools Budget: 2021-22 Budget Monitoring pdf icon PDF 334 KB

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.


Outcomes from the October 2021 Financial Consultation with Schools pdf icon PDF 455 KB

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.

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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.