York Schools Forum is made up of representatives from schools and academies across York, but other non-school organisations are also represented, such as nursery and 14-19 education providers.

Schools Forum responsibilities

The forum acts as a consultative body on some issues and a decision making body on others for:

  • changes to the local funding formula (the local authority is responsible for the final decision, although in some cases it may delegate the decision-making power to the Schools Forum)
  • proposed changes to the operation of the 'minimum funding guarantee'
  • changes to/new contracts affecting schools (for example, 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 (for example, 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 (for example, for staff supply cover, insurance, behaviour support)
  • changes to the scheme of financial management

All Schools Forum meetings are public meetings and are open to observers.

Further information on Schools Forums, including a simple table showing the decision making responsibilities of the Schools Forum, is included in the Department for Education schools forums operational and good practice guide.

Schools Forum meeting documents

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