Schools forums were established under the Education Act 2002 to provide schools with greater involvement in the distribution of funding within their local authority and to act as a consultative and advisory body in relation to school funding. The North Yorkshire Education Partnership incorporates the role of Schools Forum
Regulations prescribe three main functions upon which the local authority must consult its forum. These relate to changes to the schools funding formula, the terms of contracts to be let by the local authority for services to schools and paid for from the schools budget (subject to a de minimus level) and on issues relating to the management of the schools budget.
Schools Forums: Powers and Responsibilities sets out in table format the specific roles of the Local Authority, the Schools Forum and the DfE.
In order to fulfil its responsibilities as effectively and efficiently as possible, the Education Partnership has established a number of working groups to discuss specific issues and their impact on individual schools before producing draft proposals for the Forum to consider. Current working groups include School Funding Reform/LMS Developments, Early Years Development, MASS and Learning Technology.
The Traded Services Panel is also a sub-group of the Education Partnership.
In this area you will find:
- Agendas, papers and minutes of the Education Partnership meetings for the current and the last two full calendar years
- Documents specific to the North Yorkshire Education Partnership including the Constitution, the Guide to the North Yorkshire Education Partnership and a set of frequently asked questions
- DfE documents including the Operational and Good Practice Guidance for Schools Forums
- Information on the membership of the North Yorkshire Education Partnership
- Schools Forum Matters - a publication for schools that summaries the most recent business of the North Yorkshire Education Partnership
- Links to the DfE Schools Forum information
The Schools Forum area of the DfE website can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/schools-forum-a-guide-for-schools-and-academies
School funding consultation 2019-20
Schools Forum Vacancies
Could you play a key strategic role in shaping the outcomes of children and young people in North Yorkshire? Do you want to contribute to discussion and proposed solutions on school funding, high needs and early years?
Following the decision to establish a North Yorkshire Learning Trust from September, the Schools Forum will have a key role to play in school funding – particularly around High Needs funding. The Schools Forum is a representative statutory group which advise the local authority on some key issues and are actually the decision-makers on some aspects of school funding. The group has helped to steer schools through the introduction of the ‘soft’ national funding formula. We now need to fill the vacancies on the Schools Forum representing schools across the county.
Details of the how you can apply are outlined in the link above as well as further detail on the appointments process.
Thank-you for taking the time to consider becoming a representative on the North Yorkshire Schools Forum; I appreciate how busy you are and the time commitment that we are asking for.