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Legal Framework

Schools forums have a consultative and advisory role in school funding and financial matters. They have been a statutory requirement in every local authority (LA) in England since 2003. The Schools Forum (England) Regulations 2012 makes provision for the constitution, role and powers of Schools Forums.

Redcar and Cleveland Schools Forum meets four times a year. Meetings are open to the public. Should you be interested the next meeting is scheduled for 3.00 p.m. on Monday 12th June 2017 at the Inspire to Learn Centre, Eston. Papers considered at the meeting can be accessed on the next page.

The role of the schools forum

Representatives from schools and academies make up the schools 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:

The forum decides:
A summary of the Schools Forum powers and responsibilitiesmay help in understanding the decision making process.

Schools representation

Schools and academies (including free schools) representatives on the forum should be roughly proportionate to the number of pupils in each sector and should generally include representatives from:

Where there is at least one school in a particular category, there must be at least one representative for that group on the forum.

In maintained schools, governors and head teachers (or their representatives) should elect their representatives by the appropriate phase.

Academy trusts should elected academy members in their local authority area.

Responsibilities of schools and their representatives

You can watch a video about the importance of engaging with your local schools forum with a chair of a schools forum in a discussion with an EFA expert.

Responsibilities of local authorities

Further reading/ Useful Documentation

 icon Schools Forum (England) Regulations 2012.pdf (63.53k)
Last modified: 23/09/2016 12:21:54

 icon Schools Forum Good Practice Guide.pdf (325.1k)
Last modified: 16/06/2015 16:07:51

 icon Schools forums powers and responsibilities 2015 to 2016.pdf (231.67k)
Last modified: 23/09/2016 12:25:30

 icon Schools forums structure.pdf (181.56k)
Last modified: 23/09/2016 12:24:53

 icon Membership and Voting Rights.pdf (250.48k)
Last modified: 23/09/2016 12:27:13

 icon Current Constitution (2016).pdf (157.16k)
Last modified: 07/11/2016 11:10:59

 icon Schools Forum 2016-17 Meeting Dates.pdf (67.84k)
Last modified: 23/09/2016 13:34:53

The contact address for the Schools' Forum is:

The Clerk to the Schools' Forum
Education Services
Cooper Centre
c/o Council Offices
Kirkleatham Street
TS10 1RT

Tel: (01642) 837755

The minutes and agendas and papers submitted at meetings held since 1st October 2012 can be found in the 'Minutes' section. Please note that the minutes of the most recent meeting are draft and are subject to amendment and approval by the next meeting of the Forum.

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