Agenda item

School Funding Formula 2022/23 Consultation Outcome

Neil Hardwick and Vera Njegic to report.


Recommendation:-  That members of Schools’ Forum note the content of the report and that votes be undertaken with the appropriate members of the Schools’ Forum to agree the school and academy local funding formula for 2022/23 for submission to the ESFA by 21st January, 2022.


Consideration was given to the report presented by Vera Njegic, Principal Officer (Schools Finance), which set out the indicative proposals and sought approval decisions (where needed) for two areas of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) for 2022/23:-


·              Schools block.

·              Central schools services block.


As a result of the government’s intention to implement a national funding formula for school and high needs funding allocations; 2022/23 represents the fifth year of the  Governments’ planned transition towards these proposals.


To comply with the ESFA operational guidance, local authorities are required to consult with schools, academies and Schools Forum in respect of planned changes to the schools local funding formula including the method, principals and rules that are to be adopted.   The final decisions in respect of the local formula remain with the LocalAuthority.


The  Forum was, therefore, required to decide upon specific elements in accordance with the powers and responsibilities assigned to it by the ESFA and would need to vote on a number of proposals which had been circulated in the report submitted. The proposals were based on the consultation responses received from individual schools and academies.


In accordance with the regulations, only certain members were allowed to participate in a vote regarding the local funding formula. Other members that did not represent schools could engage and participate in discussions, but were not eligible to vote.


A narrative and rationale for each of the questions was provided along with any clarification as necessary.


Agreed:-  (1)  That the report be received and the contents noted.


(2)   That the voting as indicated below be incorporated into the school and academy local funding formula for 2022/23 (as far as was possible) for submission to the ESFA in January, 2022:-


Question 1 – Do you agree with the principle that Rotherham is adopting in terms of prioritising an increase to the MFG?


For Noting Only - Agreed


Question 2 Considering the borough as a whole, and to ensure support for the most vulnerable children and young people in the district, do you support the LA’s request to transfer of the 1.5% from the schools block to the high needs block?


Vote:-           8 For             0 Against


Question 4 -  Do you agree that the Local Authority should continue to provide for a growth fund? It is estimated for 2022/23 a budget from reserve of £250,000 is required.


Vote:-           8 For  0 Against


Question 5 Do you agree that the Local Authority should continue to provide for a falling rolls fund? It is proposed the fund will be funded from reserve as with the Growth Fund?


Vote:-           8 For  1 Against


Question 6 Do you agree that funding from the central school services block can continue to be held centrally for the services outlined above?


Vote:-           9 For  0 Against


Question 7 - Do maintained school wish to de-delegate monies to create a Financial Difficulties Contingency Fund of £50K to support those schools with a financial deficit position?


Vote:-           2 For  0 Against


Question 8 - Do maintained schools wish to de delegate funds again for trade unions facilities time, they would no longer need to buy back from the portfolio of services?


Vote:-           2 For  0 Against

Action:-  Vera Njegic

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