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Schools’ Forum

The Schools’ Forum is a decision making and consultative body dealing with schools’ budgets. The forum is required to meet at least four times a year.

The role of Schools’ Forum

The Schools’ Forum is made up of representatives from schools and academies, but with some representation from other non-school organisations, such as nursery and 14 to 19 education providers. The forum acts as a consultative body on some issues and a decision making body on others.

The forum acts in a consultative role for:

  • changes to the local funding formula (the local authority is responsible for the final decision but in some cases it may delegate the power to the Schools’ Forum)
  • proposed changes to the operation of the minimum funding guarantee
  • changes to or new contracts affecting schools (eg school meals)
  • arrangements for pupils with special educational needs, in pupil referral units and in early years provision.

The forum is responsible for decisions on:

  • how much funding may be centrally retained within the dedicated schools grant (eg for the Admissions Service, prudential borrowing costs, additional funding available 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 (e.g. for staff supply cover or insurance)
  • changes to the scheme of financial management.

 

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For Headteachers and Business Finance Managers.

Scheme for financing schools - January 2019 (PDF, 654 KB)

Updated and approved at the Schools Forum meeting held on 15 January 2019.

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Schools' Forum 10 June 2020

Schools' Forum 10 June 2020 - Agenda (PDF, 62KB)   

Schools' Forum 10 June 2020 - Report (PDF, 246KB)   

Schools' Forum 10 June 2020 - Appendix A - High Needs Detailed Budget (PDF, 135KB)  

Schools' Forum 10 June 2020 - Appendix B - 2019-20 LMS Balances (PDF, 522KB)  

Schools' Forum 10 June 2020 - Appendix C - Schools Funding During COVID 19 (PDF, 181KB)  

Schools' Forum 10 June 2020 - Appendix D - High needs Funding During COVID 19 (PDF, 92KB)  

Schools' Forum 10 June 2020 - Appendix E - Early years Funding During COVID 19 (PDF, 95KB)  

Schools' Forum 10 June 2020 - Appendix F - CMS Delivery Model options Finance report May 2020 (PDF, 399KB)  

Schools' Forum March 2020

This meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19

Schools' Forum 21 January 2020

Schools' Forum 21 January 2020 - Agenda (PDF, 92KB)   

Schools' Forum 21 January 2020 - Report (PDF, 396KB)   

Schools' Forum 21 January 2020 - Appendix A - Growth Fund Policy (PDF, 59KB)  

Schools' Forum 21 January 2020 - Appendix B - Falling Rolls Fund Criteria (PDF, 16KB)  

Schools' Forum 21 January 2020 - Appendix C - 2019-20 ISB vs 2020-21 ISB Post MFG before De delegation (PDF, 218KB)  

Schools' Forum 21 January 2020 - Appendix D - National Funding Formula Rates vs Rates Applied to Local Formula (PDF, 198KB)  

Schools' Forum 21 January 2020 - Appendix E - Funding Passing Through Formula Funding factors 2020-21 vs 2019-21 (PDF, 255KB)  

Schools' Forum 21 January 2020 - Appendix F - Pupil Profile 2020 21 vs 2019 20 (PDF, 255KB)  

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Schools' Forum 26 November 2019

Schools' Forum 26 November 19 Minutes (PDF, 369KB)  

Schools' Forum 26 November 19 Report (PDF, 769KB)

Schools' Forum 26 November 19 AOB - Apprenticeships (PDF, 167KB)

Schools' Forum 26 November 19 Appendix A (PDF, 763KB)  

Schools' Forum 26 November 19 Appendix B (PDF, 219KB)  

Schools' Forum 26 November 19 Appendix C (PDF, 190KB)  

Schools' Forum 26 November 19 Appendix D (PDF, 257KB)  

Schools' Forum 26 November 19 Appendix E (PDF, 592KB)  

Schools' Forum 26 November 19 Appendix F (PDF, 255KB)  

Schools' Forum 21 January 2020 Agenda (PDF, 92KB)  

Schools' Forum 18 June 2019

Schools' Forum 18 June 19 Agenda (PDF, 94KB)

Schools' Forum 18 June 19 Minutes (PDF, 286KB)

Schools' Forum 18 June 19 Report (PDF, 307KB)

Schools' Forum 18 June 19 Appendix A - Draft ARP terms of reference (PDF, 103KB) 

Schools' Forum 19 06 18 Appendix B - FSM project update (PDF, 768KB) 

Schools' Forum 19 06 18 Appendix C - LMS balances (PDF, 153KB)  

Schools' Forum 19 06 18 Appendix D - Healthy Pupils Capital Fund Programme DfE guidelines (PDF, 199KB)  

Schools' Forum 19 March 2019

Schools' Forum 19 March 19 Agenda (PDF, 93KB)

Schools' Forum 19 March 19 Minutes (PDF, 233KB)

Schools' Forum 19 March 19 Report (PDF, 264KB)

Schools' Forum 19 March 19 Appendix 1 - 2018-19 High needs forecast and 2019-20 High needs budget (PDF, 253KB)

Schools' Forum 15 January 2019

Schools' Forum 15 January 19 Agenda (PDF, 101KB)

Schools' Forum 15 January 19 Minutes (PDF, 309KB)

Schools' Forum 15 January 19 Report (PDF, 340KB)

Schools' Forum 15 January 19 Report on sugar tax levy (PDF, 146KB)

Schools' Forum 15 January 19 Appendix A NFF rates (PDF, 420KB)

Schools' Forum 15 January 19 Appendix B Post MFG budget 2018-19 v 2019-20 (PDF, 219KB)

Schools' Forum 15 January 19 Appendix C Funding factor totals 2018-19 v 2019-20 (PDF, 206KB)

Schools' Forum 15 January 19 Appendix D LBBD Scheme for financing schools (PDF, 551KB)

Schools' Forum 15 January 19 Appendix E Growth policy (PDF, 113KB)

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Schools’ Forum 16 January

Schools’ Forum 16 January 18 - notice of meeting (DOCX, 29.70KB)

Schools’ Forum 16 January 18 - minutes (PDF, 135.19KB)

Schools’ Forum 16 January 18 - report (DOCX, 65.29KB)

Schools’ Forum 16 January 18 - attendance list (DOCX, 18.24KB)

Schools’ Forum 16 January 18 - appendix A funding factor rates (DOCX, 16.67KB)

Schools’ Forum 16 January 18 - appendix B - allocation by school - compare 2017-18 to 2018-19 (DOCX, 27.11KB)

Schools’ Forum 16 January 18 - appendix C centrally retained (XLSX, 340.29KB)

Schools’ Forum 16 January 18 - apprenticeship levy (DOCX, 26.23KB)

Schools’ Forum 20 March

Schools’ Forum 20 March 18 - notice of meeting (PDF, 61.11KB)

Schools’ Forum 20 March 18 - minutes (PDF, 207.80KB)

Schools’ Forum 20 March 18 - report (DOCX, 43.27KB)

Schools’ Forum 20 March 18 - attendance list (DOCX, 18.25KB)

Schools’ Forum 20 March 18 - appendix A - SFFD (XLSX, 15.6KB)

Schools’ Forum 19 June

Schools' Forum 19 June 2018 - notice of meeting (DOCX, 31KB)

Schools' Forum 19 June 2018 - minutes (PDF, 195KB)

Schools' Forum 19 June 2018 - report (DOCX, 56KB)

Schools' Forum 19 June 2018 - appendix A (XLSX, 18KB)

Schools' Forum 19 June 2018 - appendix B (DOCX, 53KB)

Schools' Forum 19 June 2018 - attendance list (DOCX, 19KB)

Schools’ Forum 18 October

Schools' Forum 18 October 2018 - notice of meeting (DOCX, 32KB)

Schools' Forum 18 October 2018 - minutes (PDF, 290KB)

Schools' Forum 18 October 2018 - report (DOCX, 67KB)

Schools' Forum 18 October 2018 - appendix A (XLSX, 14KB)

Schools' Forum 18 October 2018 - appendix B (XLSX, 23KB)

Schools' Forum 18 October 2018 - attendance list (DOCX, 19KB)

Schools' Forum 18 October 2018 - free school meals presentation slides (PDF, 556KB)

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Forum meeting documents.

Schools’ Forum 17 January 2017

Schools’ Forum 17 January 17 - notice of meeting (PDF, 113.10 KB)

Schools’ Forum 17 January 17 - minutes (PDF, 378.02 KB)

Schools’ Forum 17 January 17 - report (PDF, 709.62 KB)

Schools’ Forum 17 January 17 - supporting documents (PDF, 1.57 MB)

Schools’ Forum 20 June 2017

Schools’ Forum 20 June 17 - minutes (PDF, 181.52 KB)

Schools’ Forum 20 June 17 - appendix A SFFD update (XLSX, 602.41 KB)

Schools’ Forum 20 June 17 - appendix B 2016-17 EOY school reserve balances (XLSX, 2.35 MB)

Schools’ Forum 20 June 17 - appendix C cabinet report - School Improvement Partnership FBC (DOCX, 88.71 KB)

Schools’ Forum 17 October 2017

Schools’ Forum 17 October 17 - notice of meeting (DOCX, 29.70 KB)

Schools’ Forum 17 October 17 - minutes (PDF, 252.92 KB)

Schools’ Forum 17 October 17 - report (DOCX, 69.51 KB)

Schools’ Forum 17 October 17 - attendance list (DOCX, 17.02 KB)

Schools’ Forum 17 October 17 - appendix A Schools Forum membership (XLSX, 14.42 KB)

Schools’ Forum 17 October 17 - appendix B school balances (XLSX, 18.80 KB)

Schools’ Forum 17 October 17 - appendix C centrally retained (XLSX, 343.42 KB)

Schools’ Forum 17 October 17 - appendix D SFFD (XLSX, 21.82 KB)

Special Schools' Forum 21 November 2017

Special Schools’ Forum 21 November 17 - minutes (PDF, 150.84 KB)

Special Schools’ Forum 21 November 17 - report (DOCX, 50.29 KB)

Special Schools’ Forum 21 November 17 - attendance list (DOCX, 17.07 KB)

Special Schools’ Forum 21 November 17 - appendix 1 (XLSX, 22.38 KB)

Special Schools’ Forum 21 November 17 - appendix 2 (DOCX, 14.20 KB)

Special Schools’ Forum 21 November 17 - appendix 3 (DOCX, 23.33 KB)

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Forum meeting documents.

Schools’ Forum 12 January 2016

Schools’ Forum 12 January 16 - minutes (PDF, 244.70 KB)

Schools’ Forum 12 January 16 - report (DOCX, 124.98 KB)

Schools’ Forum 12 January 16 - appendix A - proposed HNB 2016-17 (XLSX, 10.58 KB)

Schools’ Forum 12 January 16 - appendix B - centrally retained budgets (XLSX, 11.53 KB)

Schools’ Forum 12 January 16 - appendix C - ARP places 16-17 (XLSX, 67.09 KB)

Schools’ Forum 12 January 16 - appendix D - SFFD (XLSX, 13.50 KB)

Schools’ Forum 12 January 16 - appendix E - funding model key figures (XLSX, 15.16 KB)

Schools’ Forum 12 January 16 - appendix F - school funding allocations (XLSX, 80.86 KB)

Schools' Forum 15 March 2016

Schools’ Forum 15 March 16 - notice of meeting (DOCX, 28.40 KB)

Schools’ Forum 15 March 16 - minutes (PDF, 150.11 KB)

Schools’ Forum 15 March 16 - report (DOCX, 75.41 KB)

Schools’ Forum 15 March 16 - appendix A SFFD (XLSX, 13.85 KB)

Schools’ Forum 15 March 16 - appendix B growth fund allocation 2016-17 (XLSX, 12.33 KB)

Schools’ Forum 15 March 16 - appendix C HNB proposed savings 2016-17 (XLSX, 12.64 KB)

Schools' Forum 21 June 2016

Schools’ Forum 21 June 16 - notice of meeting (PDF, 109.09 KB)

Schools’ Forum 21 June 16 - minutes (PDF, 60.69 KB)

Schools’ Forum 21 June 16 - report (PDF, 195.73 KB)

Schools’ Forum 21 June 16 - appendix A SFFD (PDF, 62.71 KB)

Schools’ Forum 21 June 16 - appendix B EOY school reserve balances (PDF, 34.00 KB)

Schools' Forum 4 October 2016

Schools’ Forum 4 October 16 - notice of meeting (PDF, 112.49 KB)

Schools’ Forum 4 October 16 - minutes (PDF, 275.67 KB)

Schools’ Forum 4 October 16 - report (PDF, 395.29 KB)

Schools’ Forum 4 October 16 - appendix A - funding model key figures (PDF, 14.24 KB)

Schools’ Forum 4 October 16 - appendix B - centrally retained budgets 17-18 (PDF, 117.99 KB)

Schools’ Forum 4 October 16 - appendix C - schools facing financial difficulties update (PDF, 14.95 KB)

Schools’ Forum 4 October 16 - EYNFF 2016 response (PDF, 393.07 KB)

Special Schools' Forum 22 November 2016

Special Schools’ Forum 22 November 16 - notice of meeting (PDF, 113.70 KB)

Special Schools’ Forum 22 November 16 - minutes (PDF, 190.28 KB)

Special Schools’ Forum 22 November 16 - report (PDF, 377.43 KB)

Special Schools’ Forum 22 November 16 - appendix A - funding model by school (PDF, 353.97 KB)

Special Schools’ Forum 22 November 16 - appendix B - funding model key figures (PDF, 16.33 KB)

Special Schools’ Forum 22 November 16 - appendix C - schools forum facility time model for 2016-17 (PDF, 417.04 KB)

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Forum meeting documents.

Schools' Forum 13 January 2015

Schools' Forum 13 January 15 - notice of meeting (PDF, 107.14 KB)

Schools' Forum 13 January 15 - minutes (PDF, 139.64 KB)

Schools' Forum 13 January 15 - minutes from 22 10 14 (PDF, 135.78 KB)

Schools' Forum 13 January 15 - report (PDF, 237.13 KB)

Schools' Forum 13 January 15 - appendix A - 2015-16 high needs budgets (XLSX, 203.50 KB)

Schools' Forum 13 January 15 - appendix B - centrally retained services 2015-16 (XLSX, 28.00 KB)

Schools' Forum 13 January 15 - appendix C - details of ARP places 2015-16 (XLSX, 119.50 KB)

Schools' Forum 13 January 15 - appendix D - schools facing financial difficulties (XLSX, 28.00 KB)

Schools' Forum 13 January 15 - appendix E - summary of final models key figures (XLSX, 43.50 KB)

Schools' Forum 13 January 15 - appendix F - final school funding model 2015-16 (XLSX, 162.00 KB)

Schools' Forum 13 January 15 - appendix G - consultation response (PDF, 344.45 KB)

Schools Forum 17 March 2015

Schools' Forum 17 March 15 - notice of meeting (PDF, 109.10 KB)

Schools' Forum 17 March 15 - minutes (PDF, 152.53 KB)

Schools' Forum 17 March 15 - minutes from 13 January 15 (PDF, 132.08 KB)

Schools' Forum 17 March 15 - report (PDF, 318.67 KB)

Schools' Forum 17 March 15 - appendix A - high needs block - February 2015 (XLS, 4.47 MB)

Schools' Forum 17 March 15 - appendix B - early years consultation response (PDF, 154.98 KB)

Schools' Forum 17 March 15 - appendix C - EYSFF proposals (XLS, 2.36 MB)

Schools' Forum 17 March 15 - appendix D - LBBD response SEND consultation 27-February-15 (PDF, 302.88 KB)

Schools' Forum 23 June 2015

Schools' Forum 23 June 15 - notice of meeting (PDF, 110.41 KB)

Schools' Forum 23 June 15 - minutes (PDF, 138.24 KB)

Schools' Forum 23 June 15 - minutes from 17 March 2015 (PDF, 152.53 KB)

Schools' Forum 23 June 15 - report (PDF, 250.38 KB)

Schools' Forum 23 June 15 - appendix A - high needs block 2014-15 outturn (PDF, 74.04 KB)

Schools' Forum 23 June 15 - appendix B - schools facing financial difficulty 2014-15 (PDF, 60.48 KB)

Schools' Forum 23 June 15 - appendix C - 2015-16 DSG block update (PDF, 60.77 KB)

Schools' Forum 23 June 15 - appendix D - school balances 2014-15 (PDF, 39.12 KB)

Schools' Forum 23 June 15 - appendix E - June 15 to Sept 16 schedule of meetings (PDF, 16.40 KB)

Schools' Forum 23 June 15 - appendix F - London borough schools balances for 3 years (XLS, 99.50 KB)

Schools' Forum 6 October 2015

Schools’ Forum 6 October 15 - minutes from 23 June 2015 (PDF, 138.24 KB)

Schools’ Forum 6 October 15 - report (PDF, 239.00 KB)

Schools’ Forum 6 October 15 - forum membership 2015-16 (DOCX, 25.96 KB)

Schools’ Forum 6 October 15 - appendix A (PDF, 75.93 KB)

Schools’ Forum 6 October 15 - appendix B (PDF, 200.00 KB)

Schools’ Forum 6 October 15 - appendix C (PDF, 59.69 KB)

Schools’ Forum 6 October 15 - appendix D (PDF, 58.78 KB)

Special Schools' Forum 20 October 2015

Special Schools’ Forum 20 October 15 - minutes (DOCX, 30.14 KB)

Special Schools’ Forum 20 October 15 - report (PDF, 150.81 KB)

Special Schools’ Forum 20 October 15 - appendix A - model summary (XLS, 460.00 KB)

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Forum meeting documents.

Schools' Forum 14 January 2014

Appendix 2 was distributed at the meeting.

Schools' Forum 14 January 14 - minutes (PDF, 92.33 KB)

Schools' Forum 14 January 14 - report (PDF, 272.71 KB)

Schools' Forum 14 January 14 - appendix 1 - high needs (XLS, 857.00 KB)

Schools' Forum 14 January 14 - appendix 3 - additional resource provision (XLS, 56.00 KB)

Schools' Forum 14 January 14 - appendix 4 - trade union release (XLS, 33.50 KB)

Schools' Forum 14 January 14 - appendix 5 - analysis final model to October model 1 (XLS, 101.50 KB)

Schools' Forum 14 January 14 - appendix 6 - school by school analysis of the final funding formula (XLS, 252.50 KB)

Schools' Forum 18 March 2014

Schools' Forum 18 March 14 - minutes (PDF, 84.07 KB)

Schools' Forum 18 March 14 - report (PDF, 302.91 KB)

Schools' Forum 24 June 2014

Schools' Forum 24 June 14 - minutes (PDF, 153.89 KB)

Schools' Forum 24 June 14 - report (PDF, 161.54 KB)

Schools' Forum 24 June 14 - appendix A - high needs outturn 2013-14 (XLS, 1.06 MB)

Schools' Forum 24 June 14 - appendix B - 2014-15 DSG block update (XLS, 1.66 MB)

Schools' Forum 24 June 14 - appendix C - school balances 2013-14 (XLS, 56.50 KB)

Schools' Forum 24 June 14 - appendix D - fairer schools funding consultation response (PDF, 200.82 KB)

Schools' Forum 24 June 14 - appendix E - schedule of meetings June 14 to Sept 15 (XLS, 30.00 KB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 2014

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - minutes (PDF, 86.86 KB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - notice of meeting (PDF, 79.29 KB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - report (PDF, 171.75 KB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - appendix A - high needs block (XLSX, 1.56 MB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - appendix B - centrally retained services 2015-16 (XLSX, 11.18 KB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - appendix C - details of ARP places 2015-16 (XLSX, 45.30 KB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - appendix D - schools facing financial difficulties (XLSX, 11.74 KB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - appendix E - trade union support (XLSX, 11.42 KB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - appendix F - model A (XLSX, 164.04 KB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - appendix G - model B (XLSX, 164.87 KB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - appendix H - model C (XLSX, 164.07 KB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - appendix I - model D (XLSX, 164.36 KB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - appendix J - summary of 2015-16 models (XLSX, 17.09 KB)

Schools' Forum 22 October 14 - appendix K - potential cumulative gains-losses 2012-16 (XLSX, 329.15 KB)

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Forum meeting documents.

Schools Forum 26 February 2013

Schools' Forum 26 February 13 - minutes (PDF, 98.05 KB)

Schools' Forum 26 February 13 - report (PDF, 208.25 KB)

Schools' Forum 26 February 13 - appendix 1 - high needs block (PDF, 16.95 KB)

Schools' Forum 26 February 13 - appendix 2 - ARP places (PDF, 89.94 KB)

Schools' Forum 26 February 13 - appendix 3 - DSG block allocations across London (PDF, 14.06 KB)

Schools' Forum 26 February 13 - appendix 4 - final funding formula (PDF, 54.36 KB)

Schools' Forum 26 February 13 - appendix 5 - final funding formula comparison (PDF, 56.82 KB)

Schools' Forum 26 February 13 - kitchen equipment replacement project update (PDF, 219.79 KB)

Schools' Forum 25 June 2013

Schools' Forum 25 June 13 - minutes (PDF, 72.23 KB)

Schools' Forum 25 June 13 - notice of meeting (PDF, 59.55 KB)

Schools' Forum 25 June 13 - report (PDF, 137.01 KB)

Schools' Forum 25 June 13 - admissions team v schools March 2013 (PDF, 40.79 KB)

Schools' Forum 25 June 13 - appendix 1 - schedule of meetings June 2013 - June 2014 (PDF, 48.83 KB)

Schools' Forum 25 June 13 - appendix 2 - TOR schools facing financial difficulty 2013-14 (PDF, 60.13 KB)

Schools' Forum 25 June 13 - appendix 3 - centrally retained DSG budget 2013-14 (PDF, 35.97 KB)

Schools' Forum 25 June 13 - appendix 4 LBBD scheme for financing schools (PDF, 523.14 KB)

Schools' Forum 25 June 13 - report on VoIP project (PDF, 77.34 KB)

Schools Forum 8 October 2013

Schools' Forum 8 October 13 - minutes (PDF, 151.15 KB)

Schools' Forum 8 October 13 - appendix 1 - school balances (PDF, 307.81 KB)

Schools' Forum 8 October 13 - appendix 2 - DSG block 2013-14 allocations (PDF, 35.74 KB)

Schools' Forum 8 October 13 - appendix 3 - schools funding formula 2014-15 - consultation document (PDF, 152.40 KB)

Schools' Forum 8 October 13 - appendix 4 - LBBD scheme for financing schools (2013-14) (PDF, 532.31 KB)

Schools' Forum 8 October 13 - appendix 5 - literacy and numeracy projects (PDF, 191.34 KB)

Schools' Forum 8 October 13 - appendix A - centrally retained DSG budget 2014-15 (PDF, 36.71 KB)

Schools' Forum 8 October 13 - appendix B - dedelegated DSG budget 2014-15 (PDF, 7.97 KB)

Schools' Forum 8 October 13 - appendix C - summary of models (PDF, 105.35 KB)

Schools' Forum 8 October 13 - appendix D - summary of models condensed version (PDF, 105.38 KB

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