Representatives from schools and academies make up the school's forum. There is also some representation from non-school organisations, such as nursery and 16-19 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 makes the final decision)
  • proposed changes to the operation of the minimum funding guarantee
  • changes to or new contracts affecting schools (school meals, for example)
  • arrangements for pupils with special educational needs, in pupil referral units, and in early years provision

The forum decides:

  • how much funding may be retained by the local authority within the dedicated school's grant (for example, providing an admissions service, or providing additional funding 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 (for example, for staff supply cover, insurance, behavior support)
  • changes to the scheme of financial management
School forum papers June 2022
School forum meeting papers Tuesday 22nd February 2022
Previous meeting papers January 2020

Access for members

Schools Forum usually meets at Cheam High School at 6.30 pm but please check individual agendas for confirmed venue locations and timings.