24.1 The Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability considered a report by the Director of Children’s Services about approval of the County Council’s School Funding Formula for 2018/19. The Lead Member also considered the written comments of Councillor Galley.
24.2 The Lead Member RESOLVED to approve the proposals in relation to the East Sussex County Council School Funding Formula for 2018/19:
(1) Primary Phase Proposal: reduce the lump sum by £20,000, increase the English as an Additional Language (EAL) ‘pot’ by £300,000, increase the Prior Attainment ‘pot’ by £600,000, reduce Free School Meals (FSM) by £100,000 and increase the per pupil ‘pot’ by £2,240,000; and
(2) Secondary Phase Proposal: decrease the lump sum by £28,000, increase the EAL ‘pot’ by £169,000, increase the Prior Attainment ‘pot’ by £992,500, decrease the Per Pupil ‘pot’ by £349,500 and reduce the Key Stage 4 (KS4) per pupil rate and increase Key Stage 3 (KS3) per pupil rate to match National Funding Formula KS3 and KS4 rates.
24.3 The proposals were developed by the Funding Formula Working Group for consultation with the Schools Forum. They are based on the agreed principle of working incrementally towards the National Funding Formula, which is deemed the most appropriate as it will support schools with their transition to the new formula.