West Berkshire Council

Agenda item

De-delegations 2020/21 (Ian Pearson/Melanie Ellis)

Minutes:

Ian Pearson introduced the report (Agenda Item 6), which set out the detail, cost and charges to schools of the services on which maintained school representatives were required to vote (on an annual basis) whether or not they should be de-delegated.

Ian Pearson explained that the de-delegation proposals had been discussed in great deal at previous Heads’ Funding Group and Schools’ Forum meetings. The de-delegation proposals had formed part of the consultation with schools and the result of this were included under section 11 of the report. Further details on each service up for de-delegation was also included within the appendices to the report.

Antony Gallagher noted under section 11 of the report, that one Secondary School had disagreed with the proposal to top the Primary Schools in Financial Difficulty Fund up to £200k. Antony Gallagher stressed that this comment was irrelevant as it was not a concern for Secondary School Headteachers, being a fund that was de-delegated by Primary Schools only.

The Chairman invited the Schools’ Forum to vote on the de-delegation proposals for 2020/21 as set out under section two of the report.

Maintained Primary Schools

Antony Gallagher proposed that maintained primary schools support the de-delegation of the following services and this was seconded by Hilary Latimer. At the vote the motion was carried.

·         Behaviour Support Services

·         Ethnic Minority Support

·         Trade Union Representation

·         Schools in Financial Difficulty

·         CLEAPSS

·         Statutory and Regulatory Duties comprising:

- Internal Audit of schools

- Administration of pensions for school staff

- Health and Safety (Level 1 Support)

Maintained Secondary Schools

Chris Prosser proposed that maintained secondary schools support the de-delegation of the following services and this was seconded by David Ramsden. At the vote the motion was carried.

·         Behaviour Support Services

·         Ethnic Minority Support

·         Trade Union Representation

·         CLEAPSS

·         Statutory and Regulatory Duties comprising:

- Internal Audit of schools

- Administration of pensions for school staff

- Health and Safety (Level 1 Support)

Maintained Special, Nursery and PRU Schools

John Hewitt proposed that maintained Special, Nursery and PRU Schools support the de-delegation of the following services and this was seconded by Suzanne Taylor. At the vote the motion was carried.

·         Statutory and Regulatory Duties comprising:

- Statutory accounting functions in respect of schools

- Internal Audit of schools

- Administration of pensions for school staff

- Health and Safety (Level 1 Support)

RESOLVED that the proposals as set out above and in section two if the report, were agreed by the Schools’ Forum.

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