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

  • Tuesday  19 October 2021 4.30pm until 6.30 pm - venue to be confirmed
  • Tuesday 7 December 2021 4.30pm until 6.30 pm - venue to be confirmed
  • Tuesday 11 January 2022 4.30pm until 6.30 pm - venue to be confirmed
  • Tuesday 8 February 2022 4.30pm until 6.30 pm - venue to be confirmed
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022 4.30pm until 6.30 pm - venue to be confirmed

Members of the public wishing to attend Schools Forum meetings should contact the Schools Forum Clerk:

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Membership

​There are currently 32 elected members.

Schools members

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

Academy members (including free schools) (seven)

  • Primary/Secondary (six)
  • 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.

Scheme for financing schools

In accordance with the Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998, the Local Authority maintains a Scheme for Financing Schools which sets out the financial relationship between the Local Authority and the schools which it maintains.

It contains requirements relating to financial management and associated issues which are binding on both the Local Authority and on schools.

The document is published on this page and was last updated in July 2021 to reflect the latest directed revisions issued by the Secretary of State and changes approved by the Schools Forum.​​​

Latest documents

Type Title Size
PDF 12 January 2021 - Schools Forum papers item 6 appendix D 556.2 KB
PDF 20 October 2020 Schools Forum minutes 192.1 KB
PDF 6 July 2021 – item 5 - Analysis of School Balances 2020-21 196.6 KB
PDF 6 July 2021 – item 5 Appendix A Academy balances 2019-20 73.1 KB
PDF 6 July 2021 - item 8 - Cheshire West and Chester Council response to Sparsity Consultation 14.7 KB
PDF 6 July 2021 – item 8 - Schools NFF: Proposed changes to sparsity funding from 2022-23 354.9 KB
PDF 6 July 2021 – Schools Forum minutes 188.7 KB
PDF 7 July 2020 - item 5 - Analysis of School Balances 2019-20 191.5 KB
PDF 7 July 2020 - Schools Forum papers 528.1 KB
PDF 8 February 2021 - Schools Forum item 5 appendix D 119.9 KB
PDF 8 February 2021 - Schools Forum item 5 appendix E’ 453.4 KB
PDF 8 February 2021 – Schools Forum minutes 162.3 KB
PDF Analysis of school balances 2018-19 195.0 KB
PDF Constitution and Terms of Reference 99.5 KB
Word Scheme for Financing Schools 2.9 MB
PDF School funding consultation 2021-2022 - Illustrative financial models 604.4 KB
PDF School funding consultation 2021-2022 - Proposals 180.5 KB
Word School funding consultation 2021-2022 – Questionnaire 104.0 KB
PDF Schools Forum 6 July 2021 papers 562.3 KB
PDF Schools Forum membership 55.9 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes - 12 January 2021 181.5 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 10 December 2019 338.0 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 10 February 2020 167.9 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 11 February 2019 227.0 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 14 January 2019 234.9 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 14 January 2020 266.9 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 7 July 2020 185.5 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 8 July 2019 252.1 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes 8 October 2019 254.7 KB
PDF Schools Forum Minutes12 February 2018.pdf 161.7 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers - 12 January 2021 569.2 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers - 8 February 2021 423.8 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 9 July 2018 – item 2 tabled 388.4 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 10 December 2019 647.5 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 10 February 2020 343.3 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 10 February 2020 - item 7 284.8 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 11 February 2019 372.7 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 11 February 2019 - item 4 Early Years funding 191.2 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 11 February 2019 - item 6 response to consultation 115.9 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 11 February 2019 - item 6 supporting document 290.0 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 12 February 2018 371.2 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 14 January 2019 737.1 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 14 January 2020 994.9 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 20 October 2020 373.5 KB
PDF Schools Forum papers 20 October 2020 - item 4 consultation response 100.7 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 8 July 2019 528.2 KB
PDF Schools Forum Papers 8 October 2018 441.2 KB
PDF Schools forum papers 8 October 2018 - additional paper - item 5 early years Single Funding Formula 1.2 MB