Agenda and minutes

East Sussex Schools Forum - Friday, 13th May, 2022 8.30 am

Venue: Remote, via Microsoft Teams

Contact: Ed Beale, Schools Funding Manager,  Email:

No. Item


Welcome and Apologies


1.1          The Chair welcomed all and thanked everyone for their attendance. It was confirmed the meeting was quorate, recognising the apologies below.


1.2          Apologies received from:


·         Geoffrey Lucas (Etchingham CE Primary School) unable to join

·         Kate Owbridge (Ashdown Primary)

·         Katherine Rabson Stark

·         Phil Clarke (Trade Union Representative) Not present



Minutes of the previous meeting 14 January 2022 pdf icon PDF 155 KB


2.1 The minutes for the meeting held were approved as a true record and will be signed by the Chair and scanned to Lesley Leppard.




Matters Arising and Declaration of Interests


3.1 There were no matters arising or declaration of interests.



SEND Green Paper (Discussion)


4.1 Forum members were shown a short presentation on the SEND green paper, providing an overview and implications for East Sussex. Presentation to be distributed to Forum Members.

A discussion was held and questions asked. Key areas of discussion as follows:

·         Distribution of funding for mainstream schools providing SEN

·         Clarification on a national tariff

·         Variance in the quality of provision in schools

·         Standardisation of ECHPs

·         SEN partnerships and joint responsibility/accountability


Funding for Ukraine Pupils - Impact on Schools (Discussion)


5.1  Forum members were provided with up-to-date information regarding funding for Ukrainian pupils in schools. A brief overview was provided for forum members.  It was raised that as well as schools receiving funding for Ukraine children, there will be a provision of free school meals for all children until Universal Credit applications have been processed.


Energy Costs - Pressure on School Budgets (Discussion)


6.1       Forum members were updated with information regarding the growing concerns, from schools, around increasing energy costs. A discussion was held with members expressing their concerns. Key points raised as follows:

·         Energy strategy and central resources for school to work together to achieve net zero for county buildings.

·         East Sussex County Council has signed up to climate emergency and working towards net carbon zero by 2050.

·         The forum were advised that more information will be shared with schools and link below to be circulated.

·         Sustainability and climate change: a strategy for the education and children’s services systems - GOV.UK (





7.1 Membership of schools’ forum - is there a representative for maintained special school since the last person left their post?

The forum was informed that there is currently a vacancy and a Finance Officer will be in touch with Grove Park to ask if someone could be a representative.