A Member sought an update in respect of the Tomlinson review of education and queried how prospective budget reductions for 2021/22 might be considered across the family of schools in the context of this review.
Responding, the Strategic Education and Skills Director updated on the progress made to date and the regular meetings between the Chair of the Education Review Working Party and officers from the Finance and Education Units. The Chair was of the opinion that two further such meetings were required in order to finalise a model that could accommodate the various “funding layers” recommended by the Tomlinson report.
With reference to the impact of budget reductions, it was suggested that the aim was to agree a formula for allocation of grants within the overall education budget envelope; consequently, whatever increase or reduction had to be made to that envelope as a whole could be applied proportionately. It was also accepted that any Tomlinson changes would have to be introduced over a transitional period.