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Broadcasted on: Tuesday, 4th of June 2024 at 17:00 UTC

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Schools Forum

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  • 01

    Guidance on Remote Meetings

    To agree the procedures for the operation of remote meetings.

    Guidance on Remote Meetings

  • 02

    Schools Forum Membership List

    To note the Schools Forum membership list and any updates.

    Schools Forum Membership (Jun 24)

  • 03


  • 04

    Declarations of Interest of Items on this Agenda

  • 05


    Broadcast of the meeting


    The Chair to announce the following: ‘In addition to the rights by law that the public and press have to record this meeting, I would like to remind everyone that this meeting is being broadcast live by the Council to the Internet and can be viewed on our website for twelve months after the meeting. After that time, webcasts are archived and can be made available upon request.


    If you have asked to address the meeting, you are deemed to be consenting to having your contributions recorded and broadcast, including video when switched on, and to the use of those sound recordings and images for webcasting and/or training purposes’. 


    Any other announcements


  • 06


    To consider and approve the minutes of the meeting held on 6 February 2024.

    Printed minutes 06022024 1800 Schools Forum

  • 07

    Notification of any items of business that the Chair considers urgent

  • 08

    Schools, High Needs and Early Years Outturn and Funding Update

    Report of the Head of Education Commissioning and School Organisation.


    This report provides the financial outturn position for 2023/24. It explains the closing position at which there was an overall £3.087m underspend across the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) blocks with individual schools balances increasing by £3.49m. 


    The report also updates the forum on the latest funding situation for the current financial year, 2024/25, and outlines the range of current pressures resulting from the current national economic climate, conflicts, emergencies and ongoing “real terms” funding constraints including the most recent update on the National Funding formula (NFF).


    The report explains current funding arrangements for the next few years from the current planned transition to a “hard” national funding formula (NFF) which has currently been delayed until April 2025 at the earliest. It also outlines the measures that the authority, in conjunction with schools forum, headteachers and Camden Learning have taken to support schools through this transition and to help schools to continue to adapt to potential reductions in real terms funding.

    Report - Schools, High Needs and Early Years Outturn and Funding Update.

    Appendix 1 - Camden’s School Funding Formula 2024-25

    Appendix 2 - Chart 1 illustrative - Cumulative effect of frozen funding and potential loss of grant from 2010-2025 in cash terms

    Appendix 3 - Analysis of movement in individual schools balances 2022-23 and 2023-24

  • 09

    High Needs Block (HNB): outturn position for 2023/24 and proposals/projections for 2024/25

    Report of the Director of Education Commissioning and Inclusion.


    This report provides an update on the High Needs Block (HNB) in respect of:


    Part A reports the 2023/24 outturn position:  a lower return to reserves than anticipated of £1.4m that brings cumulative HNB reserves to £10.2m, and; 


    Part B proposes a 3% increase in top-up rates for Camden schools, in line with the 3% growth in the allocated HNB for 2024/25.  The HNB allocation for 2024/25 has increased by £1.8m.  This is significantly less than increases in recent years.  The proposals, on top of the increased current number of children/young people, result in overall projected additional spend of £3.6m in 2024/25.

    Report - High Needs Block outturn position for 2023-24 and proposals and projections for 2024-25

  • 10

    Food Mission - School Meals Future Provision (SP/2024/07)

    Report of the Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families.


    Camden’s school meals contract with Cater Link Ltd is due to end in April 2025. It was last reprocured in 2017, a very different policy context to the present before both the pandemic and cost-of-living crises. So often, our responses to these crises have been anchored in the provision of food. We therefore believe that in the medium term, there is an opportunity to develop an in-house school meals service, which could allow us to deliver the highest quality to schools and pupils, while also progressing our long-term ambitions through the Food Mission and We Make Camden.


    Officers’ assessment is that it is not practically possible to deliver an insourced service on a safe basis for April 2025, given the amount and range of preparatory work required. It is therefore recommended that we undertake a short-term procurement, which will allow us the time and flexibility to develop an insourcing proposition and ensure that we can maximise the potential strategic opportunities that could arise from a future insourced service.


    The report is being submitted to the Cabinet in line with Contract Standing Orders, which state that the Cabinet must agree procurement strategies for contracts over £5,000,000 (CSO C3.4).

    Cabinet Report - Food Mission - Future School Meals Provision

    Appendix A - Equality Impact Assessment Form and Guidance - school meals 2024 updated

  • 11

    Forward Plan

    To consider and note the Schools Forum forward plan.

    Schools Forum Agenda Planning 2024-25

  • 12

    Future Meeting Dates

    To note the meeting dates of the 2024/25 academic year:


    ·       6pm, 11 September 2024

    ·       6pm, 5 November 2024

    ·       6pm, 4 December 2024

    ·       6pm, 5 February 2025

    ·       6pm, 4 June 2025

  • 13

    Any other business that the Chair considers urgent

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