Decision details

School Funding and Dedicated Schools Grant 2023-24

Decision Maker: CPH Children and Education Decision Session

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


For the Portfolio Holder to consider the implications of the final settlement for dedicated schools grant received by the Local Authority for 2023-24; to be informed of decisions taken by Solihull School Forum in respect to central services and de-delegation of maintained school budgets for 2023-24, and to approve school budgets for 2023-24.


The Cabinet Member RESOLVED to:

(i)  Approve the application of the national funding formula at the local level is 100% NFF emulation for factors and unit rate values, with the per pupil unit rate adjusted to fit with the total grant available, and the minimum funding guarantee at 0.5%, resulting in the funding for each school as set out in Appendix 1 to the report;

(ii)  Approve increase in per pupil top-up rates of 3% for all Solihull special and alternative provision and an increase of 8% for moderate learning difficulty (MLD) schools in order to meet the required MFG;


(iii)  Approve increase in mainstream top-up rates for pupils with an EHCP of 6.1%, in line with the overall increase in school funding;


(iv)  Approve the incorporation of teacher pension grant element, but not the teacher pay element into a funding supplement payable in relation to a qualified teacher present in a grant eligible early years session;


(v)  Approve the early years hourly rates as set out in paragraph 3.7.4 of the report;


(vi)  Approve a subsidy to school commissioned places at Solihull Academy of £1,000 per place from April 2023;


(vii)  Approve a requirement for schools to provide a contribution towards local authority commissioned and funded alternative provision from April 2023. The contribution to be based on the per pupil funding the mainstream school receives for the duration the pupil is in the local authority funded setting; and


(viii)  Thank Solihull School Forum for their continued positive and productive working with the local authority.

Report author: CPH Children and Education Decision Session

Publication date: 21/02/2023

Date of decision: 14/02/2023

Decided at meeting: 14/02/2023 - CPH Children and Education Decision Session

Effective from: 23/02/2023

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