KING EDWARD VI CAMP HILL SCHOOL FOR BOYS A UNIQUE POSITION – FACING THE PERFECT STORM OF MULTIPLE AND SIMULTANEOUS CUTS TO FUNDING’
This is not news – it has been predicted ! • Change of Government: - loss of (three) specialism funding (£240 000 per year) - implementation of a new ‘National Funding Formula’ • Impact of the financial crisis on the economy – no increases to education budget. • A time of ‘austerity headships’ – an expectation of maintaining/improving standards with lower resources levels.
Camp Hill Boys – Financial PlanIncome Assumptions Grant • Main <16 Funding. Baseline rate from 2013/14 continue to reduce by 1.5% each year. Lump Sum is maintained. Minimum Funding Guarantee therefore falls by 40% from 2013/14 to 2017/18. • Education Services Grant - £150 per pupil (2013/14) reducing to £130 from 2015/16. • Over 16 Total Programme Funding remains at 2013/14 levels throughout Plan. • Over 16 - Transitional Protection ends in 2014/15 • Over 16 – Formula Protection Funding remains the same for 3 years commencing 2013/14. Assumed halved in 2016/17 and nil in 2017/18. Other Income • Frozen at 2013/14 levels
Camp Hill Boys – Financial PlanCost Assumptions Staffing Costs • Staffing pay increases by 1% pa • Staff progress in accordance with existing pay policy • Teachers Pension 14.1%. Support Staff 18.89% • National Insurance 9%, 12% from 2016/17 Non –staffing Costs • Insurance, Utilities and professional services increase by RPI from 2013/14. • All other costs frozen at 2013/14 levels.
Camp Hill Response (2009-2013) • Slim down the curriculum (A Level PE/ remove Spanish as a third language option Years 8-11) • Take opportunity to reduce ‘overstaffing’ when people leave (e.g. In Art, MFL and Mathematics) • Increase Income – expand the Sixth Form • Convert to Academy Status - LACSEG (now called Education Services Grant – ESG) - £239k down to £108k – still better than nothing, would be in an even worse position now !)
What cuts are taking place ? - 1 • 2 sets of unrelated cuts – impact affects CHB because of its small size (3 Form Entry – 93 in total), comparative size of Sixth Form and the loss of three specialisms. • Sixth Form cuts to funding – we are in the third of five years – potential of a ‘fiscal cliff’ in 2015/16 • Big impact caused by Birmingham’s interpretation of the National Funding Formula (37 to 12 criteria), emphasis on IDACI 4,5 and 6, Ever6 FSM and LPA (Low Prior Attainment). • Has been a transfer to primary from secondary (growth of student population) and their decision to redistribute former specialism money.
What cuts are taking place ? - 2 • Cut of A Level Science Funding from 1.2 weighting to 1 (same as all other subjects) – a significant impact in a school where 74% of all post-16 entries are in Maths and Science. • Inability of Grammar Schools to recruit Pupil Premium income. • CHB 15% cut 11-16 (£360 000) – largest of any secondary school in Birmingham • Issue – MFG 1.5% only guaranteed up to 2015 – election etc. Instability affecting strategic planning and decision making. • Need to plan to lose £580 000 of income from 2015.
Birmingham Rate: £4,278 Birmingham Rate: £4,278
Possible Solutions: A Cut Costs: • curriculum – overstaffed departments (Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics) – could save 2 FTE • Cut Staffing – (cut A level teaching in Art, Music/Computing, French, German, Religious Studies and Design Technology) – boys would leave with further loss of income – could save 2.6 FTE (they are all single group A Level Subjects) • Cut specialism/enrichment activities • Cut extra-curricular additional payments • Cut TLRs – Housemaster, Sport, AHOY etc • Cut ICT and Capitation • Cut double staffing in PE and Design Technology and reduce staffing of games These would still not be enough ! B Joint King Edward VI Camp Hill School C Joint King Edward VI Camp Hill Sixth Form (CHG issues with subjects) D Expand to four form entry – preferred
Expansion: • Aim – preserve the curriculum and ethos of the school • Can’t afford to increase staffing ! • Future issues – staff costs, inflation, fuel, utility costs, costs of maintaining old building and existing ICT systems (Teaching and Learning) • Must also make reductions in costs – joint teaching with CHG • Cut staffing when people leave/lower staff costs
Issues 1: • Need to build - when, where, what, how afford (joint building with CHG ?) • Permission of KE Foundation (use of capital grants) • Consultation with Admissions Authority to change Admissions Policy but not to ‘increase intake over PAN’). • No requirement to seek changes to the ‘Academy Funding Agreement’ – pupil numbers are indicative. • Successful and oversubscribed schools allowed to expand as a result of changes to Admissions Legislation by the Government. • Uncertainty of timing of future cuts – cliff, convex or steady decline • Impact of delays – see table
Issues 2: • Need five more form teachers • Hall – Full School Assemblies • Dining Hall • House Assembly spaces • Toilets, Rooms and lockers • Available space for specialist rooms (Art, DT, Music and Science) – hence need to cut 9 to 8 hours teaching in Sixth Form to free up rooms. • Compulsory Games ? Link to General Studies/Enrichment post 16 funding • House- percentage involvement will fall • Extra-Curricular and /clubs – percentage involvement falls (key part of school’s ethos and Year 7 message) • Impact of cutting Year 10 and 11 to forms of 31 on results in English, Maths and Science
Conclusion: • If we don’t expand we still can’t meet cuts • In not doing so we risk creating school that we can’t market (to pupils, parents and staff !) – impact on curriculum and extra-curricular programme. • If we don’t expand we face a possible significant reduction in demand/quality of intake, loss of teaching and support staff as cuts are enforced to meet demands of reduction in income/increase in expenditure. • As a result of these dual set of cuts, three form entry grammar schools in Birmingham are not viable. • Even if we do expand, the financial viability of the school is not assured if we seek to maintain the quality and breadth of our educational provision. • We don’t control all expenditure e.g. Staff Pay Rises, Non-Teaching Staff Pension Deficits, Employer Pension and National Insurance Contribution Levels etc.