Agenda and minutes

East Sussex Schools Forum - Friday, 12th January, 2024 8.30 am

Venue: Remote, via Microsoft Teams

Contact: Ed Beale  Schools Funding Manager

No. Item


Welcome and Apologies


1.             WELCOME AND APOLOGIES (Note)


1.1           It was confirmed the meeting was quorate, recognising the apologies below.


Laura Cooper - (St John’s CE School)

Hannah Caldwell – (16-19 East Sussex College Group)



Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 114 KB


2.       MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING 17 November 2023 (Approval)  


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



Matters Arising and Declaration of Interests




3.1      Matters arising – none
Declarations of interest - none.



DSG Budget 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 633 KB


4.       Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) Budget 2024/25 (Information)


4.1      Members were provided an update on the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) budget for 2024/25 and asked to note the DSG allocations for the schools, central school services block, high needs, and early years.

4.2      It was asked what the fund was last year that has been included in the Schools Block this year. This was a mainstream additional grant, that the DfE decided to add to the   Schools Block.

4.3      It was also asked if schools have been notified of money being transferred back from the Central School Services Block and the answer was not yet, comms will be sent out to notify schools.

4.4      In reference to the school’s block funding it was asked that as NOR have fallen, does the LA feel that schools will be able to manage the changing numbers in the future. For example, ensuring PAN’s are appropriate. Members were directed to the school organisation plan.

Action: Link to be sent by email to members.


Overview of High Needs Top up Funding Review



5.       Overview of High Needs Top up funding review (Information)


5.1      At the last meeting there was a request for volunteers for a working group to look at High Needs top up funding proposals. Members were provided with more information on this piece of work.


5.2      A presentation was shown to explain the comparison between East Sussex and national data, with specific reference to the most significant cost drivers in the system.


5.3      Schools’ forum were asked to:

·       Agree to the principles that were set out for future funding.

·       Agree the two phases and uplifts for 2024/25.

·       Schools’ forum delegate the high needs working group to communicate any uplifts to schools and to bring back proposals to next schools’ forum.

5.4      There were no objections to the proposals of the working group. Approval was given. Volunteers were thanked for being part of the group. It was suggested that it would be useful to include comparative overall rise of EHCP’s

          Action: Presentation to be sent by email to forum members


DSG Budget 2024/25 - Early Years pdf icon PDF 116 KB


6.       DSG Budget 2024/25 (Approval, all forum members)


6.1      Schools Forum were asked to note the changes to the early years education entitlements as a result of the government’s early years funding reforms. There are a number of additions/changes made and these will take effect in stages from April 2024 to 2025. 


Members were requested to vote and approve the early years DSG budget. Results as below.


Number voting ‘Yes’

Number voting ‘No’

Number of Abstentions















Schools’ Forum forward plan was sent out with public reports pack. It shows key

standing items where decisions may need to be discussed with colleagues prior to the meetings. As it is a new document, members were asked that if there are any suggestions or changes, they would like to see on the document. It was asked if theforward plan can be a live document and sent out when there are updates toagenda items.


Meeting concluded at 09:34 am

Next meeting – Friday 10 May 2024 08:30am. To be held on Microsoft Teams