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Schools Forum

Page last updated: 15/11/2017

The Schools Forum is mainly a consultative body consisting of 26 members. However, there are situations in which they have decision-making powers. The overarching areas on which Schools Forums make decisions on local authority proposals are:

  • ​De-delegation from mainstream schools budgets (separate approval will be required by the primary and secondary phase members of Schools Forum), for prescribed services to be provided centrally.
  • To create a fund for significant pupil growth in order to support the local authority’s duty for place planning (basic need) and agree the criteria for maintained schools and academies to access this fund.
  • To create a fund for falling rolls for good or outstanding schools if the schools’ surplus capacity is likely to be needed within the next three years to meet rising pupil numbers and agree the criteria for maintained schools and academies to access this fund.
  • Continued funding at existing levels for prescribed historic commitments where the effect of delegating this funding would be destabilising.
  • Funding for the local authority in order to meet prescribed statutory duties placed upon it. Approval is required to confirm the amounts for each duty and no new commitments or increases in expenditure from 2013/14 are permitted unless agreed by the Secretary of State.
  • Funding for central early years expenditure, which may include funding for checking eligibility of pupils for an early years place and/or free school meals.
  • Authorising a reduction in the schools budget in order to fund a deficit arising in central expenditure that is to be carried forward from a previous funding period.

Schools Forum meetings are open to the public. Dates of future meetings are shown in the Forward Plan which can be found within the latest agenda using the links to the left.

On this page you can download a number of documents which provide further information about the Schools Forum including its membership and the role it plays in Essex. Agendas and minutes of recent meetings of the Schools Forum can be found using the links to the left of this page.

School Forum Members (Word Format)
A list of the current membership of the Schools Forum
Updated September 2017

Terms of Reference (Word Format)
A document setting out the rules by which the Schools Forum is governed
Agreed December 2014

School Forum Operational Guidance (PDF Format)
A guide produced by the DfE providing information, guidance and good practice on the Schools Forum
October 2013​ 


School Funding Consultation 2018-19

The Authority in consultation with Schools Forum is proposing to make some changes to the Essex Formula for Funding Schools in 2018-19. At this stage, in order to minimise turbulence for schools in Essex, and due to considerable national uncertainty, the Authority is not proposing to move directly to the Schools National Funding Formula.
The consultation closes on Friday 3rd November 2017
If any questions are raised during the consultation period Q&As will be found below.

Schools Broadband Consultation

The Authority in consultation with Schools Forum has considered the funding model for the Schools Broadband Service for the next two years and seeks the views of schools.
The consultation ends on Friday 3rd November.


​​Schools Forum Vacancies

Please find links below to self nomination forms for the current Schools Forum vacancies. These should be submitted by Friday 1st December 2017