Schools forum

The schools forum is made up from representatives from schools and academies. There's also some representation from non-school organisations, such as nursery and 16 to 19 education providers.

The forum acts in a consultative role on some issues and a decision making role on others.

Consultative role:

  • Changes to the local funding formula (we make the final decision)
  • Proposed changes to the operation of the minimum funding guarantee
  • Changes to or new contracts affecting schools (for example school meals)
  • Arrangements for pupils with special educational needs, in pupil referral units and in early years provision

Decision making role:

  • How much funding may be retained by us within the dedicated schools grant (for example providing an admissions service or providing additional funding for growing schools)
  • Any proposed carry forward of deficits on central spend from one year to the next
  • Proposals to de-delegate funding from maintained primary and secondary schools (for example staff supply cover, insurance, behaviour support)
  • Changes to the scheme of financial management

Download Schools forum power and responsibilities [PDF, 103KB]


Membership of the schools forum must be proportional to the pupil population in maintained schools and academies. 

Download Schools Forum Membership [PDF, 218KB]


The forum holds a minimum of four meetings a year, however if there's a business need for a decision or formal view to be expressed by the forum, additional meetings can be arranged. Meetings are open to members of the public.


See previous schools forum meetings for archived minutes and papers.

Upcoming meetings

  • 15 January 2020, 2pm-4pm

  • 26 February 2020, 2pm-4pm

  • 10 June 2020, 2pm-4pm

  • 11 November 2020, 2pm-4pm

  • 9 December 2020, 2pm-4pm