Agenda and minutes

Schools Forum
Tuesday, 25th June, 2019 1.45 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Committee Room - Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG. View directions

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Kerrie Henton

David Holdsworth

Sean Kelly

Terry Smith

James Strawbridge

Mark Trimingham

Robert White


Declarations of Interest




Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 222 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 15 January 2019, for confirmation


The minutes of the meeting held on 15 January 2019 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Update on inclusion projects pdf icon PDF 245 KB

Report of the Director of Education Services


Daniel Skurok began by delivering a presentation on exclusions in Nottingham City, highlighting the following:


(a)  Nottingham’s permanent exclusion rate is twice as high as its region and England, and its fixed period exclusion rate is a third higher;

(b)  Nottingham’s volume of permanent exclusions has dropped since 2016/17, however the outturn for 2018/19 is forecast to be the same as 2017/18;

(c)  the Timpson Review states that there is no optimum rate or number of exclusions, as exclusions must be considered in the context in which decisions are made;

(d)  excluded children have worse trajectories in the long term, with over one third going on to be NEET (not in education, training or employment) or commit crimes;

(e)  78% of permanent exclusions issued were to pupils who either had SEN, were classified as in need or were eligible for free school meals. Three quarters of those excluded are boys;

(f)  the level of permanent exclusion by school varies widely across the city, with a few secondary schools excluding the majority of pupils;

(g)  the data can be used to identify which pupils are at risk of being excluded, for example those that have received fixed period exclusions and those with poor attendance. With better management with schools the Council can better support schools in identifying pupils who may need extra support.


The following points were raised during the discussion which followed:


(h)  the Schools Forum Sub-Group will meet to look at the impact of Council services on reducing exclusion rates before the next meeting. Academy Trusts must work with the Council in a joined-up approach, including data sharing;

(i)  when looking at the schools that are high excluders, the number of pupils that they take through managed moves must also be considered;

(j)  reduction of exclusions is a top priority for the Portfolio Holder for Early Years, Education and Employment and will be monitored closely;

(k)  supported transition from primary to secondary education is important, as often the support is lost at this time and those at risk need to be identified;

Kimberly Butler, Behaviour Support Team Leader, delivered a presentation on Rotes to Inclusion and the Intensive Support Team, highlighting the following:


(l)  Routes to Inclusion (R2i) was launched in October 2018, with waves 1 and 2 having commenced and working with 37 schools. Feedback has been very positive so far;

(m)work has commenced with secondary schools, with pilot schools now chosen to work with from the Autumn term. A secondary school version of the toolkit will be developed;

(n)  a R2i Project Board has been established to look at commercialisation of the service;

(o)  the Intensive Support Team (IST) is for the small percentage of pupils who at risk of placement breakdown in spite of the R2i graduated response. Schools refer to the IST panel with evidence that the R2i process has been followed;


(p)  the IST is currently being piloted and its model and impact is being evaluated in order to demonstrate a reduction in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28.


Update on the consultation on the revised Scheme for financing schools (Fair Funding Scheme) and the proposed changes to the scheme. pdf icon PDF 279 KB

Report of the Corporate Director for Children and Adults


Julia Holmes, Senior Commercial Business Partner, introduced the report  updating on the findings of the consultation on the revised scheme for funding schools (Fair Funding Scheme) and to seek approval for the recommended changes to the scheme as required.


RESOLVED for maintained schools to approve the changes made to the Scheme for financing schools as outlined in the report and its appendix.


2018/19 Dedicated Schools Grant Outturn Report pdf icon PDF 326 KB

Joint report of the Corporate Director for Children and Adults and the Chief Finance Officer


Kathryn Stevenson, Senior Commercial Business Partner, introduced the report setting out the 2018/19 Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) outturn position and the updated reserve balance.


It is recommended that the underspend on 2,3 and 4 year olds in the Early Years Block be ring-fenced in the Statutory School Reserve as a contingency for discrepancies in future years.


Nick Lee thanked Kathryn for her work on regaining recouped funds from the college merger.




(1)  note that the 2018/19 financial outturn position of the DSG was an under spend of £0.955m (0.35%) against a final budget of £269.212m, as shown in the table below:



Budget as at 16 Jan 2018 £m

Final Budget £m

Actual Spend £m

(Under)/Over Spend £m

Schools Block





Central School Services Block





Early Years Block





High Needs Block










Less funding not included in DSG allocation:


ESFA Income

DSG reserves


















(2)  note that this under spend has been allocated back to the Statutory Schools Reserve resulting in a closing balance of £6.469m, as detailed below:



Actual £m

Opening Balance as at 1 April 2018


Less: DSG reserve supporting 2018/19 budget


Less: 2018/19 Draw downs


Add: 2018/19 Under spend


Closing Balance as at 31 March 2018


Less: Future Commitments


Uncommitted Balance as at 1 April 2019


(3)  note that the uncommitted balance on the SSR balance is £0.689m.


Dates of future meetings

Proposed dates for the 2019/20 academic year:


8 October 2019

3 December 2019

28 January 2020

25 February 2020

28 April 2020

23 June 2020


RESOLVED to note the proposed dates for the 2019/20 academic year:


8 October 2019

3 December 2019

21 January 2020

25 February 2020

28 April 2020

23 June 2020