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An Introduction to the Role of the Schools (Funding) Forum. To provide an overview of the role and responsibilities of the Schools (Funding) Forum To provide an overview of the current funding system To Describe the operation of the Schools Funding Formula

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aims and objectives
To provide an overview of the role and responsibilities of the Schools (Funding) Forum

To provide an overview of the current funding system

To Describe the operation of the Schools Funding Formula

An open forum to seek answers and clarification

Aims and Objectives
what does the forum do
Formally established by the DfES in 2003/04 in order to give schools ‘..involvement in the disposition of funding’

Takes decisions based on a balanced view of the needs of all children and young people in Leicestershire

Originally a consultative group with a clearly defined remit

Successive legislation changes introduced new powers

Now a body with some decision making powers on proposals put to it by the Local Authority

What Does the Forum Do?
who sits on forum
Governors across all school phases – 4 primary, 4 Secondary, 1 Special (Schools Members)

Headteachers across school phases – 4 Primary, 3 Secondary, 1 Special (Schools Members)

Non Executive Members of County Council – 2 (Non Schools)

Diocesan Representatives – 1 Catholic, 1 Church of England (Non Schools)

Non Voting Members with Observer Rights – CYPS Lead Member, LSC, Trade Union (Observers)

Supported by the LA - Director of Strategic Service, CYPS Head of Finance, Forum Clerk and other officers as appropriate

Who Sits on Forum?
membership
Members represent the views of their group – not their individual schools or discipline

Members must have in place systems to collect views from and pass decisions to the groups they represent

From September 2008 – Early Years, 14-19 Partnership formally become members

Substitutes?

Membership
what does forum consider
Schools Funding Formula

Central Expenditure Limit

Minimum Funding Guarantee

Schools Budget

Distribution of School Grants

Scheme for Financing of Schools

What Does Forum Consider?
how does funding for education work
DCSF to Local Authority

Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) from DCSF to Local Authority for the Schools Budget based upon level of spend from 2005/06

DSG based upon level of spend for 2005/06, increased incrementally for inflation and for Ministerial Priorities Funding

DSG ringfenced for the purpose of funding the Schools Budget

Schools Budget must be at least equal to the level of DSG

Fixed amount of funding per pupil – no funding available above the level of DSG

How Does Funding For Education Work?
how does funding for education work1
Local Authority to Schools

Locally determined funding formula taking into account particular characteristics of schools

Minimum Funding Guarantee (MFG) per pupil increase year on year

January pupil numbers immediately preceding the financial year

If schools had the same number of pupils and the same characteristics they would receive the same budget

How Does Funding For Education Work?
national challenges for forums
DCSF review of the role of Schools Forums

Changing dynamics – Early Years and 14-19 Partnership representatives

The Every Child Matters agenda - any role?

Transfer of 16-19 funding from LSC to local authorities – any role?

New funding arrangements from 2011

National Challenges for Forums
local challenges for forum
Clarity of purpose

Effective communication – two way process

Members feeding back to elective groups

Developing systems to allow effective strategic decision making

Ensuring that forum develops and maintains skills

Time constraints

Local Challenges for Forum