Schools Forum

​Schools Forums were set up to give schools greater involvement in the distribution of funding within their Council. The Council must consult its Schools Forum on the School Funding Formula, as well as other issues in connection with schools budget.

Cheshire West and Chester's Schools Forum was established in December 2008 in accordance with Department for Education Schools Forum Regulations.

The Council and Schools Forum

The Council consults the Forum on the following areas:
  • Limits on central expenditure in the schools budget
  • Combined budgets
  • School specific contingencies
  • Minimum funding guarantee
  • The Council's proposed school funding formula
  • Issues within the schools budget, such as arrangements for pupils with special educational needs or early years education
  • Service contracts

Meetings

​Meetings are held at intervals to be determined by the Council, which suit the financial planning process and reporting timescales. Although Schools Forum don't have the power of veto, Council's are required to take account of their views. Meetings are listed below.

Date Venue Time
Monday 8 October 2018 Queen's Park High School, Queen's Park Road, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7AE 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Monday 10 December 2018 Queen's Park High School, Queen's Park Road, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7AE 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Monday 14 January 2019 Queen's Park High School, Queen's Park Road, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7AE 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Monday 11 February 2019 Queen's Park High School, Queen's Park Road, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7AE 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Monday 8 July 2019 Queen's Park High School, Queen's Park Road, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7AE 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Membership

​There are currently 33 elected members.

Schools members

  • Primary School Headteachers (five)
  • Primary Governors (five)
  • Secondary Headteachers (three)
  • Secondary Governors (two)
  • Special School Headteacher (one)
  • Special School Governor (one)
  • Nursery School Headteacher (one)
  • Pupil Referral Units Executive Headteacher (one)

Academy members (including free schools) (six)

  • Primary/Secondary (five)
  • Special (one)

Non schools members

  • Diocesan Authorities (two)
  • Private, Voluntary and Independent Sector (two)
  • Trade Unions (two)
  • 16-19 Providers (one)
  • Chair of Primary Association of Headteachers (one)
Schools Forum members have a four year term of office and the Chair is elected every two years.   The Education and Children Portfolio Holder of the Council and a representative from the Education Funding Agency can attend as a non-voting observer. Senior Council staff act as advisors to the Forum. ​

Funding consultation

The Department for Education (DfE) requires the Local Authority to consult with schools annually on the formula factors used to allocate Schools Block funding. Views are therefore sought from representatives from all primary and secondary schools and academies on the use of the allowable formula factors in allocating funding for the next financial year.

Latest documents

Type Title Size
PDF Constitution and Terms of Reference 106.7 KB
Word Consultation on School Funding Proposals 2018 - 2019 questionnaire 91.6 KB
PDF Consultation on School Funding Proposals 2018-2019 161.6 KB
Excel Consultation on School Funding Proposals 2018-2019 - financial modelling 188.1 KB
PDF Scheme for financing schools 701.3 KB
PDF School Forum Analysis of School Balances Financial Year 2014 - 2015 297.4 KB
PDF Schools Forum 3 July Item 4 Appendix A 176.6 KB
PDF Schools Forum Membership 127.1 KB
PDF Schools Forum minutes 11 December 2017 218.8 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 12 December 2016 148.8 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 13 March 2017 157.9 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 15 January 2018 167.8 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 16 January 2017 178.4 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 19 September 2016 177.0 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 3 July 2017 141.5 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 9 October 2017 215.3 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes12 February 2018.pdf 161.7 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 9 July 2018 – item 2 tabled 388.4 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 11 December 2017 594.6 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 12 December 2016 399.3 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 12 December 2016 - item 4 297.7 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 12 December 2016 Item 6 215.7 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 12 December 2016 item 7 74.6 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 12 February 2018 371.2 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 14 March 2016 283.3 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 15 January 2018 661.3 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 15 January 2018 - item 5 revised appendices 226.5 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 16 January 2017 758.2 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 19 September 2016 728.0 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 3 July 2017 561.6 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 3 July 2017 - supporting document item 4 295.7 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 3 July 2017 - supporting document item 5 1,011.6 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 9 July 2018 594.6 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 9 July 2018 – Analysis of school balances item 7 264.8 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 9 July 2018 - SEND paper item 5 268.8 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 9 October 2017 554.7 KB
PDF Schools Forum Report Reducing inequalities in early years 158.2 KB