Council - Wednesday, 17 July 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: the Council Chamber, County Hall, Matlock, DE4 3AG

Contact: Roy Ackrill  38327

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To receive apologies for absence


To receive declarations of interest (if any)


Chairman of the County Council's announcements


To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 15 May 2019 pdf icon PDF 292 KB


To consider the report of the Leader of the Council


To receive questions from Elected Members


To consider public questions (if any)


To receive petitions (if any)


To consider reports on the following:


Departmental Service Plans 2017-21 (2019-20 update) - Executive Director for Commissioning, Communities and Policy pdf icon PDF 137 KB

Additional documents:


Derbyshire Pension Board - Executive Director for Commissioning, Communities and Policy pdf icon PDF 205 KB


Constitution update from the Governance, Ethics and Standards Committee - Director of Legal and Democratic Services pdf icon PDF 448 KB


To receive and debate Motions

Motion received from Councillor P Smith:


As a result of ongoing Government cuts in Derbyshire there are schools in Derbyshire which have had a cash loss in the budget of more than £200,000 over two years.  Some schools have lost up to a quarter of their staff.  Some schools have had their SEND budget halved.


The National Funding Formula allocating financial resources to schools includes a requirement that schools themselves have to fund the first £6,000 of the support for the most disadvantaged Special Educational Needs pupils (SEND), those with Education Health and Care plans (EHCP).  The formula guesses the number of SEND children at a school based upon the size of the school and the deprivation in that area.  It does not take into account the number of SEND children at a school.


This results in schools who develop a good reputation for supporting disadvantaged students facing an unsuitable financial burden when more SEND pupils attend than the National Funding Formula predicts.


It also results in children with additional needs finding it difficult to get a school place.  In particular this is a problem when children change schools for example entering reception or beginning secondary school.


Derbyshire County Council resolves to ensure every Derbyshire SEND pupil gets the education they are entitled to get by:


·        Urgently looking at setting up a discretionary fund so that those schools which are penalised by the National Funding Formula because they have more SEND Children than predicted can be given more financial support; and   


·        To continue to pressure the government for more funding to be invested in education, especially SEND; and


·        To bring a report outlining the proposals for funding the discretionary fund and progress made with the government to the next Full Council meeting.