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 16 January 2016 Queen's Park High School, Queen's Park Road, Handbridge, Chester CH4 7AE 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Monday 13 March 2016 Queen's Park High School, Queen's Park Road, Handbridge, Chester CH4 7AE 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Monday 3 July 2017 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

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