Schools Forum - Thursday, 23 June 2022 4.30 pm

Venue: Microsoft Teams Meeting. View directions

Contact: Derek Morgan  01344 352044


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Apologies for Absence/Substitute Members

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


Martin Gocke

Martin Gocke passed away on 24 April 2022.  Martin had been Chair since December 2018, having been a member of the Forum since 2012 and a long serving education officer prior to leaving the Council.


The Vice-Chair, Stuart Matthews will chair this meeting and the Forum will be invited to elect a new Chair at the next meeting on 15 September 2022.


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 151 KB

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


SEND Written Statement of Action pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To inform and brief the Schools Forum regarding the completion and submission of the SEND Written Statement of Action document.

Additional documents:


SEND Update pdf icon PDF 222 KB

To provide an update on SEND developments and consideration of the implications of the SEND Green Paper proposals for the High Needs Block and to identify where it aligns with the long-term proposals of the Capital Place Planning and SEND Strategy.  Comments are being sought to provide input to the consultation document and therefore ensure that the Schools Forum’s views are captured.


2021-22 Provisional Outturn on the Schools Budget pdf icon PDF 353 KB

To inform the Forum of the provisional outturn on the 2021-22 Schools Budget, including the allocation of balances and use of Earmarked Reserves. These funds are ring-fenced for the support of schools and pupils.


2021-22 Funding Allocations to Mainstream Schools from Budgets Centrally Managed by the Council pdf icon PDF 400 KB

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 (DSG) and in the first instance centrally managed by the council.  It also presents the opportunity to amend existing funding policies.  These funds relate only to mainstream schools.


2021-22 Balances held by Maintained Schools pdf icon PDF 660 KB

To update the Forum on the level of balances held by maintained schools as at 31 March 2022, how these compare to the previous financial year, and to consider whether any significant surplus balances should be subject to claw-back and re-invested within the overall Schools Budget.


Dates of Future Meetings

The next meeting of the Forum will be held at 4.30pm on Thursday 15 September 2022.