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 3 July 2017 Queen's Park High School, Queen's Park Road, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7AE 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Monday 9 October 2017 Queen's Park High School, Queen's Park Road, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7AE 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Monday 11 December 2017 Queen's Park High School, Queen's Park Road, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7AE 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Monday 15 January 2018 Queen's Park High School, Queen's Park Road, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7AE 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Monday 12 February 2018 Queen's Park High School, Queen's Park Road, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7AE 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Monday 19 March 2018 Queen's Park High School, Queen's Park Road, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7AE 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Monday 9 July 2018 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.

DfE School funding reform: findings from the review of 2013-2014, arrangements and changes for 2014-2015

Latest documents

Type Title Size
PDF Constitution and Terms of Reference 112.5 KB
PDF Consultation on School Funding 2015 - 2016 77.6 KB
PDF Consultation on School Funding for the Financial Year 2015 - 2016 Description of Proposals 365.5 KB
PDF Fairer Schools Funding in 2015 - 2016 137.8 KB
PDF Scheme for financing schools 701.3 KB
PDF School Forum Analysis of School Balances Financial Year 2013 - 2014 166.3 KB
PDF School Forum Analysis of School Balances Financial Year 2014 - 2015 297.4 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 16 January 2017 178.4 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 19 September 2016 177.0 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes December 2014 45.8 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes January 2014 44.6 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes June 2014 53.3 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes March 2014 49.1 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 14 March 2016 283.3 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 December 2014 136.0 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers January 2015 417.6 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers June 2014 489.7 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers March 2014 311.2 KB
PDF Schools Membership 122.4 KB