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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.


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


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.

15 December 2021

10 November 2021

16 June 2021

5. DSG Outturn 2020-21

24 February 2021

AGENDA 24th February 2021

ESG Retained 21-22

13 January 2021

Minutes 13.01.2021

Agenda 13.01.2021

Upcoming meetings

  • 19 January 2022
  • 16 February 2022
  • 22 June 2022
  • 2 November 2022
  • 7 December 2022