four people meeting around a table
Schools Forums were set up to give schools greater involvement in the distribution of funding within their Local Authority (LA). They became mandatory in January 2003 and the powers of the Forum have grown with changes to school funding regulations.  The Schools Forum is now the formal decision making body on all matters relating to the funding of schools.

Role of School Forums

School Forums make decisions on three main areas:

The LA's proposed school funding formula.

The extent to which resources are retained by the LA for issues within the schools budget, such as arrangements for pupils with special educational needs or early years education.

Contracts for the provision of Services to Schools.

Role of the LA

The LA has the lead role in making proposals to the Forum. In addition to setting up the Schools Forum, the LA calls and records meetings, and disseminates the outcomes to schools. It is also responsible for managing the expenses of Schools Forum members.

The Forum cannot make proposals of its own but makes decisions on the proposals put forward by the LA.

Membership

A Schools Forum is made up of elected members of schools within an LA, usually headteachers and governors. As a minimum, they should have 15 members who represent the composition of schools in a LA area. The LA can also appoint non-schools members, up to 20% of the total Forum. There must be at least one Academy Representative.

Meetings

The LA decides the frequency of meetings in discussion with the Schools Forum.  As a minimum it should meet three times a year, but usually meets about six times per year. Meetings are organised to take place in time for the Schools Forum to feed into the LA and school budget cycle.

For further information see Schools Forums Guidance and Regulations

The timetable of meetings for the Bath & North East Somerset Schools Forum is as follows:  

Date

Time

Room

9 May 2017

 3.00 – 5.00pm

 Civic Centre, Keynsham, Community Space

4 July 2017

 3.00 – 5.00pm

 Civic Centre, Keynsham, Community Space

 

Meeting papers are shown below: 

9 May 2017, Somerdale Pavilion

1.0 Agenda

3.0 Draft Schools Forum Minutes 21 March 2017

4.0 Draft Terms of Reference

4.1 Schools Forum Membership List 

5.0 May 17 Forum Paper Funding Formula Decision

5.1 Appendix 1 Original Paper

5.2 Appendix 2 Second Consultation Paper

5.3 Appendix 3 Draft Provider Agreement for April Consultation

6.0 May 2017 Schools Forum Behaviour Panel Funding

6.1 Appendix 2 - 2016-2017 Finance Report Bath Primary Partnership

7.0 School Loans

7.1 Criteria for agreeing loan schemes consultation

 

21 March 2017, Somerdale Pavilion

1.0 Agenda

3.1 Draft Schools Forum Minutes 17 January 2017

3.1 Recognised Professional Trade Union Facilities Arrangements

4.1 EMAS Support

5.1 Forum Paper Funding Formula Ratification

5.2 Appendix 1 Funding Consultation

5.3 Appendix 2 Responses from the Funding Formula Consultation

6.1 SF SEND Report March 2017

7.1 NFF Consultation Response

8.1 Disapplication of Pupil Numbers

Schools Forum Minutes 21 March 2017

 

17 January 2017, Somerdale Pavilion

1.0 Agenda

4.0 Draft Schools Forum Minutes 13 December 2016

6.0 NFF Report

6.1 NFF Factors

6.2 NFF Allocations

7.0 HERS Schools Forum Jan 2017 (Draft)

8.0 January 17 Forum Paper on new EY Budget in DSG

9.0 Budget 2017-18

9.1 5 Year Plan Master

9.2 Appendix 2 Background to ESG and ESG Duties

9.3 SSP Primary School Combined Data Report 15-16

9.4 Appendix 4 Schools Forum Nov 16 - TSF Report

9.5 Appendix 5 Schools Forum Nov 16 - EY SEND Inclusion Funding Report

9.6 Appendix 6 EY SEND Inclusion Funding Report

9.7 Safeguarding LADO Workload

10.0 Centrally Held Budgets

Schools Forum Minutes 17 January 2017

 

13 December 2016, Somerdale Pavilion

1.0 Agenda

4.0 Draft Schools Forum Minutes 22 November 2016

5.0 Safeguarding LADO Work

6.0 SF SEND Report Dec 2016

7.0 Early Years Update Paper on Funding Consultation

8.0 17-18 School Funding

9.0 Budget 2017-2018

9.1 5 Year Plan Master

10.0 Behaviour Panel Funding

10.1 Behaviour Panel Funding Consultation October 2016

10.2 Appendix A to BA Funding Consultation

11.1 2017-18 De-delegation Process

Schools Forum Minutes 13 December 2016

 

22 November 2016, Civic Centre, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

4.0 Schools Forum Minutes 13 September 2016

6.1 Sports Partnership

6.2 SSP Response to Schools Forum

6.3 Sports Forum Update

6.4 B&NES SSP Impact Report 2015-2016

7.1 TSF Report

8.1 EY SEND Inclusion Funding Report

9.0 Review of Specialist EY Pre-School Provision

10.1 5 Year Master Plan

11.1 2017-18 De-delegation Process

Schools Forum Minutes 22 November 2016

 

13 September 2016, Civic Centre, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

4.0 Schools Forum Minutes 12 July 2016

5.0 DSG 2017-2018 - Funding Regulations

6.0 Schools Funding Formula National Analysis

6.1 2016-2017 Analysis of LA Formula Funding Factor Values

6.2 Proforma Publication 2016-17

7.0 HERS Schools Forum Sept 2016

8.0 Apprentice Levy

9.0 Information Paper on Funding Consultation

Schools Forum Minutes 13 September 2016

 

12 July 2016, Civic Centre, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

4.0 Schools Forum Minutes 10 May 2016

5.0 Schools Forum Membership List

6.0 Budget Update Draft

7.0 2015-2016 Schools Balances

7.1 Appendix A - Schools Balances Comparison

7.2 Appendix B - Excessive Balances - 2015-2016

8.0 Preliminary Evaluation of the Emotional Resilience Hubs

9.0 Report to School Forum Funding for Aspire Extension

School Forum Minutes 12 July 2016

 

10 May 2016, Civic Centre, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda 

3.0 School Forum Minutes 15 March 2016

4.0 Schools Forum Membership List

5.0 Schools Forum Draft Code of Conduct and Interest Rules

6.0 Sensory Support Report

6.1 NatSIP Review

7.0 Behaviour Panel Funding

7.1 2015-2016 Final Report Bath Primary Partnership

School Forum Minutes 10 May 2016

 

15 March 2016, Community Space, Library Building, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

2.0 School Forum Minutes 19 January 2016

4.0 Current Funding System

4.0 Schools NFF Consultation

4.0 Summary and Case for Change

School Forum Minutes 15 March 2016

 

19 January 2016, Community Space, Library Building, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

2.0 School Forum Minutes 8 December 2015

4.0 Funding Rate Paper Jan 16

5.0 Budget 2015-16 Draft

5.1 5 Year Plan Master

School Forum Minutes 19 January 2016

 

8 December 2015, Civic Centre, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

2.0 School Forum Minutes 17th November 2015

4.0 SARI Schools Forum Nov 2015

5.0 Early Years Dec 15 Update Paper

6.0 SENDIT Presentation Schools Forum Final

7.0 Promoting Positive Behaviour Strategy Document for B&NES

8.0 Budget 2015-16 Draft

8.1 5 Year Plan Master

School Forum Minutes 8 December 2015

 

17 November 2015, Community Space, Library Building, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

2.0 School Forum Minutes 22nd September 2015

5.0 Nurture Service

5.1 Nurture Outreach Service Impact Evaluation Nov 2015

6.0 Alternative Provision for Pupils who are Excluded from School

7.0 Research CINCPP Schools Forum

8.0 SEND TR Report 17.11.15

9.0 Schools Forum - Pilot Project Area SENCO Practitioner

10.0 HERS Update SF 17.11.15

11.0 Collaborative Research

12.0 Budget Planner 5 Year

14.0 2016-17 De-delegation Process

School Forum Minutes 17 November 2015

 

22 September 2015, Civic Centre, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

2.0 School Forum Minutes 7 July 2015

4.0 Schools Forum Membership List

6.0 Behavior Strategy Update

7.0 Nurture Outreach Service Update

8.0 Schools Forum Report SEN

9.0 Schools Forum Report Sensory Support

10.0 Early Years Update

11.0 PEX Schools Forum Report

12.0 5 Year Plan Master

14.0 MIS Report Schools Forum Update

15.0 2016-17 De-delegation Process 

School Forum Minutes 22 September 2015

 

7 July 2015, Civic Centre, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

2.0 School Forum Minutes 12 May 2015

5.0 Budget Update

6.0 5 Year Plan

7.0 Pex Schools Forum Report

8.0 CHIN and CPP

9.0 Schools Balance Report

9.1 Schools Balances Comparison

9.2 Excessive Balances

School Forum Minutes 7 July 2015

 

12 May 2015, Civic Centre, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

2.0 School Forum Minutes 17 March 2015

4.0 Information on the Changes Proposed to the Educational Psychology Service

5.0 Behaviour Panel Funding

6.0 Proposal to Commission a New Family Support Service

6.1 Appendix 1 -  A Continuum of Preventative Services

6.2 Appendix 2 Schools Forum Early Help FPS

7.0 Schools Forum 3 to 5 Year Planning

9.0 Schools Broadband Update

School Forum Minutes 12 May 2015

 

17 March 2015, Civic Centre, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

2.0 School Forum Minutes 20 January 2015

4.0 Early Years SEND Report

5.0 Behaviour Panel Funding

6.0 Community Play Service

7.0 Secondary Schools Counselling Service

8.0 LA Planned growth policy in respect of diseconomies of scale

8.1 Appendix A - Lump Sum calculations for funding diseconomies of scale for a new primary school

9.0 Living wage

10.0 School Forum Meeting Schedule 2015 - 2016

 

20 January 2015, Civic Centre, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

4.0 Budget 2015-16 draft A

4.1 DSG Budget 2015-16

School Forum Minutes 20 January 2015

 

9 December 2014, Civic Centre, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

2.0 Schools Forum Minutes 11 November 2014

4.0 EYE 2YO carry forward

5.0 Mental Health Paper to Schools Forum Dec14v9

6.0 Growth fund

6.1 Appendix A - Current FY2014-15 -B&NES Growth in LA Planned Admission Numbers - Policy

6.2 Appendix B - Revised for FY2015-16 -B&NES Growth in LA Planned Admission Numbers - Policy

6.3 Appendix C - Funding Comparisons and projection for LA Planned Growth in PAN

6.4 Appendix D - Options for Pre-opening start-up cost estimates for funding a new Primary school

7.0 Facilities Time

8.0 Budget 2015-16 draft

8.1 DSG budget 2015-16

 

11 November 2014, Civic Centre, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

2.0 Schools Forum Minutes 16 September 2014

4.0 Key EYE changes and pressures from April 2015 V2

5.0 Early Years SEND report 2014

6.0 Nurture strategy report for schools forum Nov 14

  6.1 Nurture Outreach Case Studies and feedback Nov 14

7.0 Schools Forum paper on HERS 11 11 14

8.0 CAMHS

9.0 Primary Clusters School to School Support

10.0 Broadband update

11.0 Energy efficiency project

12.0 De delagation process

Schools Forum Minutes 11 November 2014

 

16 September 2014, Riverside, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

2.0 Schools Forum Minutes 13 May 2014

4.0 Play budget

4.1 Appendix 1 Community Play Services schools forum report

5.0 Schools forum report in respect of a policy for funding a new school - June 2014

6.0 Budget 2015-16 update

Schools Forum Minutes 16 September 2014

 

8 July 2014, Riverside, Keynsham

1.0 Agenda

2.0 Schools Forum Minutes 13 May 2014

4.0 Budget update

5.0 Schools forum report in respect of a policy for funding a new school - June 2014

6.0 2013-14 schools balances schools forum report - June 2014

6.1 Copy of Appendix A - School Balances Comparisons- Schools Forum - 2013-14 (excludes academy converters in 2013-14)

 

Papers of previous meetings are available, on request, from Marie Lane, Clerk to the Schools Forum, at Marie_Lane@bathnes.gov.uk

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