Hounslow Council


Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Committee Rooms 1 & 2, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow

Contact: Wendy Merry, 020 8583 2061, Email: wendy.merry@hounslow.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes of the meeting held on 30 October 2017 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 30 October 2017 (agenda item 2) were agreed.

 

Matters Arising

 

Mike Nicholls advised that all his concerns had now been addressed with the exception of some still outstanding in relation to the issue of contracts of employment. Michael Marks agreed to ensure that any final points were picked up by Human Resources (item 1, page 1 refers).

2.

Schools Forum Membership

Minutes:

It was noted that there were still two primary maintained school representative vacancies. Roger Shortt and Jo Lacey agreed to send out communications in relation to the filling of the vacancies.

3.

SEND Review - Emerging Findings - Presentation pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report by Councillor Bruce and John Wood, Strategic SEND Advisor (agenda item 4)

 

John Wood, Strategic SEND Adviser and Annita Cornish, Head of Service Special Educational Needs and Disability, made the presentation and responded to questions.

 

(Councillor Tom Bruce, Charlotte De Lacey, John Wright and Richard Rodgers joined the meeting at this point).

 

Resolved:

 

a)    That the work carried out and progress made to date and that the consultation with providers will need to continue be noted.

b)    That the development of an implementation plan based on, but not exclusively, the opportunities identified in section 4 of the report, be approved.

c)    That the setting up of joint LA/school working groups/project teams, as appropriate, to support the delivery of the implementation plan be approved.

4.

Early Years budget and hourly rates for 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 172 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report by Christine Holland, Head of Strategic Finance and Rupa Raghwani, Finance Manager (agenda item 5)

 

by Christine Holland, Head of Strategic Finance and Rupa Raghwani, Finance Manager presented the report.

 

Resolved:

 

That the update on the status of the 2018/19 Early Years budget and the setting of hourly rate providers be noted.

5.

National Funding Formula updates pdf icon PDF 206 KB

·         Funding factors

·         Central Services Schools Block and De delegated budgets

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report by Christine Holland, Head of Strategic Finance and Rupa Raghwani, Finance Manager (agenda item 6)

 

Christine Holland highlighted the main points in the report and responded to questions from the Schools Forum.

 

a)    Funding Factors

 

Christine Holland presented the report and asked for the Forum’s views on how they wanted officers to transition to the National Funding Formula. Following some discussion, the Forum agreed on Option Four.

 

Resolved:

 

i)     That the Schools Forum note the differences between the funding factors in the Hounslow funding formula factor and the National Funding Formula, as set out in the report.

ii)    That Option Four be agreed for transitioning to the National Funding Formula.

iii)   That a consultation, including a explanation of the proposals, would go out to schools.

 

b)    NFF Update - Central Schools Services Block and De delegated budgets

 

Resolved:

 

i)             That the functions that can be funded from the Central Services Support Block, as set out in section three of the report, be noted.

ii)            That the budget pressure arising from the withdrawal of the general duties element of the Education Services Grant be noted.

iii)           That proposals for de delegated services should be developed and brought back to the Schools Forum in January 2018.

6.

Hounslow Education Partnership: Finance and Governance Arrangements pdf icon PDF 182 KB

Minutes:

See report by David Brockie (agenda item 7)

 

Michael Marks, Director of Education and Early Intervention, presented the report and responded to questions.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Schools Forum:

 

a)    Endorses the setting up of Hounslow Education Partnership from April 2018 as a ‘Schools Company Limited by Guarantee’, as a key vehicle for area-based school improvement in Hounslow.

b)    Recommend the residual of the DSG reserve allocated to the Education Improvement Partnership in 2007 should be transferred to Hounslow Education Partnership by 31 August 2018, using one of the options identified in recommendation four and note that the current projected sum for transfer is c£30k.

c)    Recommend the residual of the DSG reserve allocated to the Hounslow Learning Partnership in 2014 should be transferred to the new Hounslow Education Partnership by 31 August 2018, using one of the options identified in recommendation four and note that the current projected sum for transfer is c£470k.

d)    Given that the sign up to the company in principle is for three years, but with a financial commitment from school for one year in the first instance, advise the Council whether the transfer funds should be phased in equal instalments over three years from 2018, provided HEP remains financially viable.

7.

Financial Adjustments for Permanently Excluded Pupils pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Minutes:

See report by Christine Holland, Head of Strategic Finance and Rupa Raghwani, Finance Manager (agenda item 8)

 

Rupa Raghwani presented the report and responded to questions.

 

Resolved:

 

That the update on how funding is transferred for permanently excluded pupils in LB Hounslow be noted.

8.

Forward Plan for Schools Forum pdf icon PDF 147 KB

Minutes:

The report was noted.

9.

Date of Next Meeting - 22 January 2018

Minutes:

The date of the next meeting was noted. Christine Holland advised that an additional meeting had been added for 26 February 2018.

10.

Any other urgent business

Minutes:

Christine Holland advised that billing charges cards had to be re-issued over Christmas.