The group had a meeting scheduled today, but over the last few days emails have been arriving from group members to say they cannot make it. The meeting has therefore been cancelled, and we have received an email from the LA stating that:
The Authority has been considering the effects on schools of the proposals and believes there is insufficient time to implement any significant changes for 2015/16.
So it looks like there will be no major changes this year after all. This decision will be made by Schools Forum when they meet next week. Mr Stupples-Whyley will be raising the following proposals at schools forum
1. To agree a consultation with schools on increasing the value funded for free school meals in line with the value paid for universal free school meals;
2. To agree the remit of the Finance Review Group; and
3. To review the membership of the group to ensure there is appropriate representation for each sector.
The proposed remit is:
to undertake a review of the whole Formula for Funding Schools and also for a review of Special School Funding.
This sounds all perfectly reasonable, and I have been assured that the intention of (3) is to extend the existing group membership (presumably to ensure representation from special schools).
We will then be meeting from Autumn 2014 to begin a review of 16/17 funding at a more leisurely pace. Thanks to everyone who has commented on the initial proposals for 15/16.