Council services during the COVID-19 outbreak

Maintaining essential services to support your health and wellbeing

The Schools' Forum 

The Schools Forum is a statutory body made of up of schools and non-schools members. Local Authorities are obliged to consult their Schools Forums annually in respect of issues relating to the schools budget, specifically in connection with the following:

  • arrangements for the education of pupils with special educational needs
  • arrangements for the use of pupil referral units and the education of children otherwise than at school
  • arrangements for early years provision
  • administrative arrangements for the allocation of central government grants paid to schools via the authority

The DfE has published a guide on the role of the Schools' Forum.

Result of election of Maintained Primary Governor representatives to the Schools’ Forum, October 2019

Schools' Forum reference documents   

Revised School Funding levels for 2020/21

Following advice from the  DfE that the high needs transfer cannot be made, £1.1m of additional funding will be allocated to schools in 2020/21. A meeting was held on 19 February 2020 with the Cabinet Member for Children and Families and school representatives to determine how this additional funding should be allocated.  

Several options were considered and the agreed approach was to use the low cost high incidence formula factor to support schools with higher levels of special educational needs.

Subject to any further comments from the  DfE these figures will be used for 2020/21. 

The next meeting of the Schools’ Forum

The next meeting of the Schools’ Forum is on Thursday 6 February 2020 – 16.30 at Holmes Chapel Community Centre

Future meetings of the Schools' Forum

The future meetings for 2020 are scheduled as follows:-

  • Thursday 11 June 2020 – 16.30 at Holmes Chapel Community Centre

The associated papers for each meeting will be published at least 5 days before the meeting. 

Schools funding formula consultation 2020/21

The schools funding consultation for 2020/21 has now closed. The results will be reported to Schools Forum on 12 December 2019.

Details on the models being consulted on are set out below:

Schools block formula working group meetings for 2020/21

Below are the schools block formula working group meetings for 2020 - 2021

Agendas and minutes of previous meetings can be accessed below:

Document accessibility