Rotherham Schools' Forum - Friday 26 April 2024 8.30 a.m.

Venue: Rockingham Professional Development Centre

Contact: Debbie Pons , Governance Adviser 

No. Item


Welcome and Introductions


Welcome by the Chair and introductions by all Forum Members present.


Apologies for Absence


To receive apologies from any Forum Member who are unable to attend the meeting.


Declarations of Interest


To invite Forum Members to declare any interests they may have on agenda items to be considered at this meeting, to confirm the nature of those interests and whether they intend to leave the meeting for the consideration of the item.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 468 KB


Recommendation:-  To receive and approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 19th January 2024.


Matters Arising from Previous Minutes


To consider and report on any matters arising from the previous minutes:-


Membership and Constitution of the Rotherham Schools Forum (Standing Item)


To consider any updates or amendments to the membership of the Schools Forum.


Rotherham Schools Forum Review

Julien Kramer to report.


Recommendation: - To receive an update on the proposals for the Schools Forum Review.



Early Education Funding Update pdf icon PDF 453 KB

Aileen Chambers to report.


Recommendation:- To receive the report and note the contents.

Additional documents:


SEND Sufficiency Update pdf icon PDF 428 KB

Mark Cummins to report.


Recommendation:-  To receive the report and note the progress and next steps identified for the SEND Sufficiency Programme.



Exclusions, Suspensions and PRU Data pdf icon PDF 401 KB

Kelly Crompton to report.


Recommendation:-   To receive the report and note the contents.



Latest Schools DSG Outturn Position 2023-24 pdf icon PDF 346 KB

Joshua Amahwe/Louise Keith to report.


Recommendation:- (1) To note the information contained within this report.


(2) To note that the centrally retained early years balance is subject to change dependent on the early years’ adjustment for the Spring 2024 census count.



High Needs Block Budget Funding Arrangements 2024-25 pdf icon PDF 594 KB

Joshua Amahwe/Vera Njegic to report.


Recommendation:- (1) To note the high needs funding settlement (including the outcome of the disapplication request) for 2024/25.


(2) To note the proposed funding requirements for 2024/25, particularly in relation to the number of commissioned specialist places and the payment of top up funding to mainstream, special schools /academies, and other providers and settings.   




Schools Forum Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 119 KB

Recommendation:-  To consider the attached Forward Plan of agenda items and receive any updates. 


Any Other Business


Recommendation:-  To receive any other items of urgent business.


Date of Next Meeting


Recommendation:-  To consider and agree the date and time of the next meeting of the Rotherham Schools’ Forum on 21st June 2024 at 8.30 a.m. at Rockingham Professional Development Centre.