Committee details

Schools Forum

Purpose of committee

Background 

The Government requires that each local authority (LA) maintain a Schools Forum to represent its schools' views on matters relating to the total Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). The DSG funds a range of responsibilities including delegated budgets to schools, plus a number of centrally managed functions relating largely to the provision of support for pupils with special educational needs (SEN), out-County and independent SEN placements and funding for early years in private, voluntary and independent nurseries. 

Purpose of the Forum 

Schools Forum is made up of representatives from schools and academies, but with some representation from other non-school organisations, such as nursery and 14 -19education providers. The forum acts as a consultative body on some issues and a decision making body on others, some of which is prescribed by Regulations.

The forum acts in a consultative role for:

·         Changes to the local funding formula

·         Proposed changes to the operation of the minimum funding guarantee
Changes to or new contracts affecting schools

·         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 particular service areas

·         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 specified responsibilities (set out in the regulations)

·         Changes to the scheme of financial management

Powers & Duties 

The schools forum is an advisory body with some limited decision making powers, established to represent schools views to the local authority. 

There is a duty placed on all members of the Schools Forum to seek views from other groups and to facilitate feedback arrangements.

Membership 

Although made up mainly of representatives from schools, both maintained and academies, it also includes "non-school" members, representing relevant bodies, Diocesan representatives, representatives from School Consultative Committees, Early Years PVIs, 14-19 Strategic Partnership and a Parent Governor representative from the Select Committee considering education issues. 

A list of representatives from each category is below:

School Members

Kevin Allbutt
All Maintained First Schools
headteacher@leek-first.staffs.sch.uk

Sara Bailey
All Maintained Nursery Schools headteacher@oaklands.staffs.sch.uk

Matthew Baxter
All Primary Academies
headteacher@mosley.staffs.sch.uk

Nicky Crookshank
All Maintained Secondary
headteacher@cheslynhay-high.staffs.sch.uk

Claire Evans
Primary Heads Forum
headteacher@st-chads-lichfield.staffs.sch

Alison Gibson
Secondary Heads Forum
a.gibson@endon.staffs.sch.uk

Stuart Jones
All Secondary Academies
office@cttc.staffs.sch.uk

Wendy Keeble
All Maintained Secondary
w.keeble@blythebridge.staffs.sch.uk

Richard Lane
All Primary Academies
headteacher@manor.staffs.sch.uk

Richard Osborne
All Maintained Primary
headteacher@cotongreen.staffs.sch.uk

Anita Rattan
All Maintained Special Schools
headteacher@hvh.staffs.sch.uk

Richard Redgate
All Academy Special Schools
ceo@manorhall.academy

Kirsty Rogers
All Pupil Referral Units
headteacher@kettlebrook.staffs.sch.uk

Steve Swatton
All Maintained Primary
stephen.swatton@st-gabriels.staffs.sch.uk

Phil Tapp
All Maintained Secondary
P-Tapp@wolgarston.staffs.sch.uk

Liz Threlkeld
All Primary Academies
Principal@pertonacademy.co.uk

Wendy Whelan – All Secondary Academies

wendy.whelan@sntrust.org

Chris Wright
All Middle Schools

headteacher@cca.staffs.sch.uk

Non -School Members

Steve Barr
Schools’ Consultative Groups
stevebarruk@yahoo.com

Karen Dobson
16 – 19 Education
joy.smith@nscg.ac.uk

Claire Shaw
Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education
Paula.Lloyd@lichfield.anglican.org

Philip Siddell
PVI Early Years
philip@humpties.co.uk

Judy Wyman
Schools’ Consultative Groups
judy.wyman@btinternet.com

 

You can download an Information Pack for prospective members.

Should you have any queries about the nomination or election process please contact the Clerk, Julie Roberts e-mail: julie.roberts@staffordshire.gov.uk.  

Constitution 

The Schools Forum is required to operate under a formal constitution that covers the detail of its membership, full terms of reference, operating procedures and arrangements for paying expenses to members.  Find the Constitution of the Schools Forum.  

Schools Forum Guidance

The Education and Skills Funding Agency issue guidance for Schools Forums.  The latest guidance was published on 29 September and is accessible from the links below.

·         Schools Forum operational and good practice guide

·         Schools Forum powers and responsibilities

·         Schools Forum structure

 

Other Guidance

·         Staffordshire scheme for Financing Schools

 

All meetings of the Schools Forum are open to members of the public.

Membership

Contact information

Support officer: Julie Roberts. Email: julie.roberts@staffordshire.gov.uk

Phone: 01785 276136