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 been revised to
reflect changes to school funding regulations. The Schools
Forum has some formal decision making powers on matters relating to
the funding of schools.
Purpose of the Schools Forum
Functions of Schools
The main functions of the School Forums are to
for the school funding formula.
issues in connection within the schools
contracts for the provision of services to
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 may comment and / or decide on the proposals put forward by
Schools Forum is made up
of schools and non schools members. The
schools members are nominated or elected from schools and academies
within the LA. The non schools members are appointed by the LA
and comprise up to a third of the total membership of the
Terms of Reference
The detailed Terms of Reference
for Enfield Schools Forum can be obtained from the Clerk to the
The LA decides the
frequency of meetings in discussion with the Schools Forum.
As a minimum it should meet four times a year, but the Enfield
Schools Forum usually meets about five / 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.
The timetable of meetings
for the Enfield Schools Forum can be found at the top of this
All meetings of the Forum are
open to members of the public, however to ensure that adequate
administrative arrangements are in place, please notify the Clerk to the Forum, in
advance of the meeting that you wish to attend.
Contact details for the Clerk to the Schools
Sangeeta Brown, Schools &
Schools & Children's
London Borough of Enfield,
Civic Centre, PO Box 56, Silver
Street, Enfield EN1 3XQ
Tel: 0208 379 3109
Mob: 07956 539613